Monday, May 26, 2014

Learning Music Theory with Cars {Music Activities for Kids}

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It poured rain here this morning so I took the opportunity to try out a new music theory game with the kids. When using the giant homemade grand staff with one of my beginner piano students the other day, I realized that the spaces on the grand staff would work great as parking spots for cars. And, obviously, they worked just like I had intended since I'm posting about it.

This car themed music activity for kids is a great way for kids to practice learning about lines and spaces, intervals, note reading on the grand staff, and more. It's such a versatile music theory activity that I like to use with my piano students.

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Music Activities for Kids: Learning Music Theory with Cars

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I cut the painter's tape into little rectangles so that I could label the cars and the lines and spaces of the grand staff.  For older kids, this step wouldn't be necessary, but since my boys are still young, the alphabet matching component was very helpful.

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K quickly grabbed a car, said the letter, and "drove" it onto the grand staff.  Naturally, he said "Vroom!" as he did so.

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He continued to park the cars into their spots on the grand staff.

Learning about music theory with cars from And Next Comes L

Learning about music theory with cars from And Next Comes L

Eventually, K ditched the cars in favor of his feet.  He inched his way slowly across the lines and spaces of the grand staff, saying the letter names with each tiny shuffle of his feet.

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J also checked out the activity for a little bit.  While he parked his cars, we talked about line notes versus space notes, as well as the letters on the cars.

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Music theory game for kids: learning about grand staff using cars from And Next Comes L

The cars were a huge hit!  I can't wait to try this game out with my newest piano student who is just starting to learn how to read notes on the grand staff.  He is going to love it!

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4 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I've been trying to think of a fun way to help my 7 year old learn his staff better and I'm going to use this idea (or a variation of it). Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Glad to hear that it is helpful, Erin!

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  2. Awesome idea! I love this and will have to try it soon!

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