Games Games, need more games


said: Jul 8, 2009
 2 posts

Wow! Just joined. You are all so wonderful! I have taught violin for 20 years, and am a big fan of what Suzuki does for my kids. I am going to take the classes and get certified, because I am so pumped about what I have read so far.

but here’s my question:

I got some game ideas from the board, but I need more!!! Anyone care to share?


Tiffany said: Jul 11, 2009
Tiffany Osborn
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
Los Angeles, CA
41 posts

Hello and welcome June!

It would all depend on what you’re looking for- what age? what level? group or individual?

I would recommend going to an institute- I go every summer and get new games and exercises to do in the fall. If you have the resources, you could go to several this summer and fill up on ideas. That way you can see the activities first hand too!

said: Jul 12, 2009
 2 posts

Yes, I plan to do that. However, I live in central Florida, and the closest ones are very far away. So, I won’t be going this summer.

said: Oct 11, 2009
 4 posts

I like the flashcards. They come with game ideas and even have some online games. I use the cards in group lessons as well as have students play with them while they wait for their lessons. Good way to familiarize them with note reading, theory, and their fingerboard.

Sara said: Oct 12, 2009
191 posts

Institute is the best, but until then. The book by Michiko Yurko, Music Mind Games, has a lot of great ideas.
isbn 0-89898-561-7

Also, are there any Suzuki teacher in your area that you could possibly go observe them teach, or just have a meeting with and get some ideas.

One of the things I got at institute from Edmund Sprunger is the domino game. My students love this one.

I give them 4 dominoes and “my helper bear” gets 6 dominoes. every time they __________ they get a domino.
If they don’t ___________________my “helper bear” gets the domino. I use different things to fill in the blank. It could be do each bow move with a bent thumb, or it could be play the scale using a big bow for each note, play each song with a bow hand the whole way. Whoever has the most domino’s at the end of lesson wins the game. There isn’t a prize for winning it’s just like any other regular game. It’s just fun in and of itself to win.
You just want to be sure that they are in the zone of being capable of doing whatever you are asking them to do, but maybe it’s not easy to do yet, or they forget or something like that.

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Anna said: Nov 3, 2009
Anna Burrell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano
Greenville, SC
4 posts

I LOVE Music Mind Games. My students really enjoy all the games as well.

Marilyn said: Nov 10, 2009
1 posts

Are you familiar with the website There are lots of games here for free but you can also make a donation. the site was developed by a piano teacher, but I have found many appropriate for my cello students.

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