Solfa Volleyball: a melodic dictation game
Toward the end of every year, I'm always doing some form of melodic dictation with my classes. So much of what we do in music includes volleying (echoing). So it made sense to attach volleyball to our melodic dictation activities. The best parts of the game, judging by my students' reactions, are the many opportunities they had to fix their mistakes. If they sang a pattern wrong, and it didn't go over the net, they still had a chance to fix it later. By the end of each game my students felt successful and were begging to play it again.
Here's how you play:
Step #1. Warm-up
Begin by volleying so/mi patterns with your class. Then, transition to playing a so/mi pattern on the recorder or piano and asking students sing it back to you. At this point, my students rarely notice that I'm no longer giving them the solfa syllables. Most are confident enough to continue singing without a hitch.
Step #2. Set-up
Pass out cards containing So/Mi patterns.
Step #3. Play a pattern
Students must find the correct card, and sing the pattern back to you using Solfa. If they get it right, it goes over the net. If they get it wrong, it goes "Out of Bounds".
Here's where students get a chance to fix their mistakes. When you play a pattern that has already been played, students are supposed to say, "Out of Bounds!" Then, if that pattern had been "Out of Bounds" for them, they get to move it across the net.
And that's pretty much it! When I first started, we were just using the volleyball vocabulary without any of the props. However, if you're looking to save time or would like to use the same materials, just click on one of the pictures above, and you'll be directed to the pre-made set at my store.
If you decide to try this game out with your students, please leave a message in the comments letting me know how it goes!