Janice Tuck from the Fun Music Company has some great ideas for games that you can play with your beginner music students. One of her ideas that I really like is a game called Musical Tic Tac Toe. This game is a fun and engaging way for your students to improve the speed at which they read notes. It's also a really easy game you can create yourself with a Bingo Card generator and some images that I've provided.
You place a card with nine squares on a table and compete with your music student to see who can make a complete line first. This game is normally played by drawing Xs and Os on a sheet of paper with nine empty squares. In this version, the student has to name the note before claiming the square with a token. You can use any sort of tokens to cover the squares. I use guitar picks or Monopoly pieces. You can ask your student to play with picks while you use Monopoly or Clue props, or vice versa.
How To Play
A player must name the note he or she intends to claim before placing the token on the note. The person who manages to make a complete line with the tokens wins the game.
How to Create your own Bingo Card
Follow the instructions below and you should end up with a bingo card that looks like the image below.
It is very easy to create a Musical Tic Tac Toe sheet with the Picture Bingo card generator provided by ESL games. Head over to http://www.eslactivities.com/picturebingo.php to create your cards. Scroll down to the BINGO card generator. A standard tic-tac-toe is a 3x3 grid with nine squares, so from the drop-down menu choose 3 rows and 3 columns and the "total pictures on card" box will be automatically updated to show "9".
Next, you will need a bunch of note images to use. I've created a handy folder with images here. Download all the images to one file folder. Now when you click "Continue" on the BINGO card generator page, a popup will ask you to enter your images. You will have to point your browser to the appropriate folder and add images one at a time. Be sure not to upload the same image! You only need to upload nine images as that is the number of squares available for our Tic Tac Toe.
When you have finished adding all your images, click continue. Be sure to select the proper paper size (letter or A4) and make sure Free Space is set to "no". Click on continue and then you're done!
For more help and for step by step instructions you can also watch the video below.
Please share your thoughts in the comments and let me know what games you enjoy playing with your students!