Music Flashcards – Need a Flyswatter?

Music-Flashcards

Music Flashcards are Fun.  All You Need is a Flyswatter!

Have you ever wondered where some teachers get all their great ideas from?  Sharing ideas is how I learned about Music Flashcards and Flyswatters.  What do they have in common that makes learning Music Flashcards SO much fun?

At Ultimate Music Theory we are all about SHARING! I have learned so much from other teachers that I want to invite you to share your greatest teaching stories and ideas with us so we can all benefit from your experience and your brilliance :).

This cute idea is about Music Flashcards and a Flyswatter - your students will love it.

Please add your favorite Flashcard Game idea or comment at the bottom of the blog...

Many years ago I had the privilege of meeting one of the most compassionate, caring and SHARING teachers that I have ever met. Her name... Shelagh McKibbon-U'Ren.

shelagh_mckibbon - music flashcardsShelagh shared so many of her ideas with me that we became a writing team.

We share the same Desire, Determination and Dedication to creating a community for music teachers to be able to learn how to teach more effectively.

And we love to share creative ideas on how to motivate and inspire students and show them the Way to Score Success!

Music Flashcards

Here's one Flashcard Game idea that Shelagh shared with me. In fact we love Flashcards so much - you can now download the new Ultimate Music Theory Flashcard App!  Use via web (PC or Mac), iPhone App or iPad App.

Here's Shelagh sharing an idea for a game using Music Flashcards - Have you ever finished a lesson only to discover that you have a few minutes left? Grab your Flashcards and play a game! This will guarantee that your student will leave their lesson with a huge smile on their face!

Do your student’s parents ever ask how they can help the student review for a Theory Test or Examination, or how they can help the student “practice” theory? Grab your Flashcards!

Even a “non-musical person” can support a student using the Ultimate Music Theory Flashcards. If they are worried about pronunciation, our new Ultimate Music Theory App for Basic Rudiments contains pronunciations of Italian terms!

Each Ultimate Music Theory Workbook comes with 80 Free Music Flashcards. These Flashcards are colored to match the Workbook Level. Students who work through the Prep 1 Rudiments to the Advanced Rudiments Series will end up with 400 Flashcards! I love Sharing Ideas on:

  • How to use Flashcards in your lesson and at home
  • How to support Students with different Learning Styles using Flashcards
  • How Flashcard Games guaranteed to have your Student leave their lesson excited about theory

    Flyswatters & Sharing Music Flashcards

    Flyswatters & Flashcards

Music Flashcards are Fun. Here's Flyswatter SLAP!

Flyswatters are awesome. They can be used to get rid of nasty flying (or crawling) critters that invade your teaching space.

They can be used to create a small breeze if the air conditioner dies. They can also be used to study for your student’s Theory Examination.

Whether working one on one in a private Theory Lesson or in a Theory Group, nothing perks up a lesson faster than bringing out the Flyswatters and the Flashcards!

The Rules for playing SLAP are very simple:
1.  Give each student a Flyswatter (and a warning to not slap anything but the Flashcards with them).

2.  Spread out a dozen or so Flashcards on the table. They can be concept specific (for example, all the Staff Notes or all the Key Signatures) OR they can just be random Flashcards.

3.  Ask the students to “Slap the Flashcard that…”.

This game can be competitive: First Student to slap the correct Flashcard gets to “keep” the Flashcard and replace it with another Flashcard from the deck. At the end of the Game, the person with the most Flashcards “wins”.

This game can be reward-based: First Student to slap the correct Flashcard gets a “treat” – have a bowl of cheerios or raisins or pretzel sticks as the “treat” (you can also get gluten-free treats at your local bulk store).

Using Flyswatters While Sharing Music Flashcards

Slap the Flashcard

This game can be EASY: First Student to slap the correct Flashcard gets to also slap the “Easy” Button.

This game can also be non-competitive: Everyone just gets a “cheer” when they slap the correct Flashcard.

Flashcards can stay on the table or, when correctly “slapped”, they can be put at the bottom of the deck and a new Flashcard can replace it.

As your students get faster, make the questions harder. Instead of saying “Slap the Flashcard that shows the Key Signature of G Major”, say “Slap the Flashcard that shows the Key Signature of the Major Key with D as the Dominant Note”.

You can also invite your Theory Students to a “Slap Party”.  All Learning Styles – Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Special Needs – will benefit from playing Slap. Ask each parent to provide a treat for sharing – you will provide the Flyswatters.

SHARING IDEAS | MUSIC FLASHCARDS

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P.S. Join the conversation - Enter your comment on Flashcards and Flyswatters below.  What's the best Flashcard idea you've used?  You may even win a Free Flyswatter! Till next Time...

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2 thoughts on “Music Flashcards – Need a Flyswatter?”

  • Cynthia Whalen says:

    I ask my students to play flashcard “baseball”. Whoever gets the most home runs that week, wins. My husband, John, (the engineer/draftsman) drew a perfect baseball diamond on an 8 1/2×11 sheet of paper. I copied it for each student and had them laminated. At the lesson, we go through the flash cards – each correct card is a “base hit” and each “error” means you move back one base (using any kind of marker piece handy). They remember how many “home runs” they earn each week and I challenge them to get one more each time. After a few weeks, they take the game home to play it with their family.

    Thanks for your great tips!
    Cynthia

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