Group lesson games


said: Jun 12, 2009
 145 posts

Hi Everybody! ;-)

I’m starting a new group in about 10 days. There are just 3 children in the group, age is from 6-8. They are all up to perpetual motion. None of them have been to a group lesson before. Has anyone ideas for games I could do to introduce them to each other at the beginning of the group. Also games I can do with go tell aunt rhody,log long ago and perpetual motion. Thanks

Tiffany said: Jun 13, 2009
Tiffany Osborn
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
Los Angeles, CA
41 posts

for getting to know each other you could use a memory game of “Name Soup” of going around the circle and saying everyone’s name (like adding an ingredient to “Memory Soup”). So you start with one student, they say their name (Timmy)- then ask the second student (Maxine). Say both of their names and ask the third student to say their name, so as you go around the circle you have to remember each name and add on the next one too. So you’d go Timmy, Maxine, Liz…etc. until you get all the way around… I just re-read you post and realize there are only three- you could still do this sort of thing. maybe have them stand in a row and say “Timmy is between Maxine and Liz” then mix them up and do it again so their names get used a lot.

Also fun is “Ambassador Twinkle” I like to use this when there is one new student joining the class, but you could figure out how to work it with 3 in a group. While playing a Twinkle Variation, during any open string notes, students shake left hands briefly.

You could do some games like “what song is this”. It can be done several ways- one is to bow a song in the air, whoever guesses first (by raising their hands of course) gets to do the next one. you could also do it by clapping the rhythm to a song. Or name that tune in (three, two, one) notes or less… I’ll try to think of more.

said: Jun 13, 2009
 145 posts

Thank you very much for these ideas innermusic. It makes it a little harder when you only have 3 children to build up the fun. They are 3 quite out going children, so I should be OK. Anymore ideas would be extremely welcome. I could do lots of things with “Ambassador Twinkle” actually, like stamping foot on open strings. I thought of left hand pizz , but not sure, maybe this is too hard at this level.

Laurel said: Jun 13, 2009
Laurel MacCullochViolin
Langley, BC
120 posts

Another idea with Twinkle is to work their names into one of the rhythms—variation A could be “Welcome welcome [2-syllable name]”. The new Variation D could be “How are you, [3-syllable name]” and so on.

Go Tell Aunt Rhody—have all the students play together till the 2nd “banana” part (measures 7 and :cool:, where only 1 student plays, then they all play again. Then challenge them to all play the whole thing, but make those measures as quiet as one violin. Good intro to dynamics. This can be done with the 3rd line of Long Long Ago too.

Perpetual Motion—have them leave out the open E’s, and say “E” or “rest” where the open E’s should be. Or have them “sniff” the rests.

Long Long Ago can be used for bow-division stuff, especially if they have tapes on their bows—or you can put some “temporary” stickers on their bows to divide bows into thirds; they must get PAST the stickers on the long (quarter) notes. An alternative is to have one student be the “checker” for the bows; if somebody doesn’t get past the stickers, the checker puts up his/her hand. Group strives for no hands up.
Hope this helps!

said: Jun 14, 2009
 145 posts

Thank you Laurel for this, it is really helpful. I love the idea of introducing their names into the words of Twinkle. Just one thing though, when you mention the “banana” bit in Go Tell Aunt Rhody” I thought you might have alternative words for the song ? I dont like using the words— old grey goose is dead with little children somehow!

Thanks again NellyElly

Laurel said: Jun 14, 2009
Laurel MacCullochViolin
Langley, BC
120 posts

Hmm, let me think—I did learn these words from another teacher:

Go tell Aunt Rhody
Go and tell her now
Go tell Aunt Rhody
Apple pie is done

It smells so yummy, I can taste it now
It smells so yummy, I can’t wait!

Go tell Aunt Rhody etc.

I find I don’t use words for Aunt Rhody and it seems to work out OK. Kind of an intro to pitch-matching (i.e, I play C#, you play C# back), although I do have to give finger numbers at the beginning.


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