Guitar group activities

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Laura Nelson said: Apr 5, 2013
Laura NelsonGuitar, Piano, Violin
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I’m looking for some fun and unique games and activities for a group class in guitar. The ages of the children vary from 5-8 years . Thank you!

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MaryLou Roberts said: Apr 5, 2013
MaryLou RobertsTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Ann Arbor, MI
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It depends on what you want to teach—is it rhythm, playing together, dynamics, following you, getting ready for a recital……

I always think of the students, decide what they need most, then figure out a game.

So what area do you need?

Laura Nelson said: Apr 6, 2013
Laura NelsonGuitar, Piano, Violin
3 posts

Great point! I’m still in the beginning stages of starting my studio up. It’s very exciting for me, but I want to make sure that each time the child leaves with a feeling of accomplishment. Rhythm games would be nice or just activities/ songs or even excersices for good posture, keeping their feet still , because they are so wiggly at that age;) thanks so much , I greatly appreciate your advice!

Lauralymusic

MaryLou Roberts said: Apr 6, 2013
MaryLou RobertsTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Ann Arbor, MI
244 posts

Here are two games my students like. Hope you have fun with them!

Toy balance is good for wiggly kids. You can use almost any plastic sticky toy, or beanie babies. Put them on feet, arms, shoulders, and see how many they can keep before one falls. When one falls, give the compliment ” you balanced __ toys this time!” I like to combine toy balance with playing one of the twinkle rhythms with good right arm and wrist balanced. This teaches body awareness.

The other game my students like is ball bounce games using a bouncy ball. When the ball hits the floor, they all play together, first one note, then a twinkle rhythm or what ever you want them to play. There is a variation where there are 2 balls of different colors. One means “don’t play” and the other means “play” This is to develop control and watching.

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