During my first year, in those fateful minutes standing at the head of the line, I improvised. I sat down at the piano and made-up what would eventually be called (not-so-cleverly) the sound game. In essence, the sound game leads students through movements to accompany sounds on the piano, most of which are meant to review basic musical concepts. A few have no purpose other than to make the students laugh. As with all games in my classroom, I edited and refined the rules as the years progressed. Click on the picture below to download your own free copy.
|Graphics by Kelly B's Clipart and A Little Peace of Africa|
This freebie is only meant to be a guide. As I said above, I revised the game throughout the years. Ultimately, the movements and sounds of the game depended on my students and their needs.
In addition to using this with grade-level classes, I also played it with our transition class as part of our lessons. This class was made up of students with special needs, with various age and experience levels. The game reviewed many basic musical concepts while giving them the opportunity to work on fine and gross motor skills. They loved it.
I know many teachers have their own unique methods for using up every last second of music class (and probably have wittier names for them as well). What are your methods for avoiding standing-in-line mutiny?