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In this game, students identify lines and spaces and simultaneously think of the tones of a scale. The game is intriguing and, of course, suspenseful, but not stressful. Thanks to the open setup of the cards, students identify each other's cards as well as their own. Turns come around often and small teams provide support.
Students should know their notes fairly well or the game won't be as fun. I have found that for many students it takes years to acquire the instant recognition necessary to become fluent with the staff. This game is ideal for reinforcing memory and developing this important skill.
|A short video of my students playing this game during a MMG class, is on our site. This is a typical class of playful children with focused concentration, engaged in cooperative play. Their attentive parents sit on the floor and learn right along with their children, although the camera did catch one moment when the parents were talkative. At the very end of the video, notice the two girls on the left, Mia and Caroline. After they decide to switch one of their face down cards, watch how their fingers move. A longer video explaining the game will be on the site soon.|