Classroom Games and Activities for General Music

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Classroom Games and Activities for General MusicWhat note am I? An Ice Breaker Music Game!

Many of our NAfME Members also shared their Back to School Classroom photos with us! From decorating their doors and bulletin boards, to organizing their risers and boom whackers, we received some great ideas! Check out all of the wonderful music classroom ideas, and share your own, on our Classroom Ideas board on our NAfME Pinterest Page:

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Even the big kids like to color!  At this station they are using a color by note worksheet.  You can find free printable versions of the worksheetshere

Are you looking for Musical Games and Activities for your classroom? Youve come to the right place! NAfME Members shared some fantastic exercises they use in their classrooms and now you can too! Check out some of their great recommendations below, and be sure to share yours in the comment section at the bottom!

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At this station students work together to read simple melodies on the treble clef staff and play them together using Boomwhackers.

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At this station students sit on a large tablecloth and match fish to fishbowls.  Each fishbowl has a treble clef staff with 3-8 notes on it.  By identifying th e letter names of each, students discover that it spells a word.  Then they find the matching fish which had a word on it.

Everyone likes Twister, right?  This game is a great deal like Twister.  You can create a staff with a plain shower curtain and electrical tape, or with masking tape on carpet too.  Students use a spinner and follow the directions Right Hand E!  Left foot B! for a fun and physical way to review pitch names.

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At this station, students used the Flashnote Derby app to test their knowledge of the treble clef lines and spaces.  This fast paced review really helps see who knows their notes!

Bucket Band is an easy and inexpensive way to help teach rhythm great activity for middle school kids!

Classroom Games and Activities for General Music

You can also find Lesson Plan Tips, Teaching Ideas, and resources that incorporate the new National Music Standards under theMy Classroomsection on the NAfME Website!

Each team has a Team Leader. The leader gets to sit in a special chair and is the person I can call on to pass out their teams notebooks, rhythm instruments, or to get their materials basket. The Team Leader chair rotates every two weeks. Make it random so that the students wont be able to predict who the Team Leader will be.

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Teachers:  You can download the template to make your own Treble Twist Up spinnerhere.

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Musical chairs writing! When the music stops pick up writing where the last person left off writing can include note values, rhythm exercises, song lyrics to help the memorize a piece you choose!

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All the students in Grades 6-8 are split up into one of three houses (sort of like in Harry Potter which the kids love to reference). It builds community as students from other grades and classes work together to earn points and rewards.

Get to know your students ice breaker and helps students get to know one another!

Create six Music Teams named for the periods of music history: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, and Post Modern.

At this station, students work on a pitch identification worksheet.  As they identify the pitch names of the notes they complete a story.

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