one step at a time.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fun and Games

Today at work (teaching work) I had a lot of fun.

I teach low brass on a Saturday morning. My pupils are all great, and they usually keep me fairly cheerful but today we made up a game and it made me laugh a lot.

I bring you:

Stand Up Sit Down
You need 2 players, plus a caller

the players stand up with their instruments.
the caller stands up opposite the players.

The caller shouts out a note.
The players must play the note. If they get it right, they stay standing. If they get it wrong they sit down. If they are sitting they still play, but if they get the next note right they stand back up.

Repeat til it stops being funny or the caller (ie. me) has had enough!

I played this in my second lesson today, and it cheered me up and put me in a fantastic mood. I picked notes the kids would be able to play easily at first, then moved up their range. After doing single notes I moved to three note patterns. They did really well and the warm-up worked without them noticing they had done a warm up today!

At the end of their lesson I had a few minutes left so they played 'name that tune' each picking pieces they have learnt.

These kids are doing really well - I am mightily impressed and still amused (as you can see!). I'll leave it a while but might try it again at the end of term to see how much better they are. I bet they'll impress me again.


Sniz said...

How fun! What a great idea! I would have loved doing this in band. (I played Mellophone in marching band).

Travis said...

That sounds like a great little teaching tool.

Gattina said...

Wow ! that must be very funny ! good for the pupils !
I am in my youth today, lol !

Akelamalu said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! Kids love learning when it's fun don't they? :)

Monique said...

I am a great believer in making things fun for kids and you have definitely succeeded there. I'll bet they love you for this kind of teaching. Keep up the good work.

Mother of Invention said...

You are such a fun teacher!