Looking for a fun Halloween-Themed activity that still reinforces concepts? Here’s an idea!
You will need helpers at each station for this to work. We use band assistants (read more HERE), but you could use student leaders, other band directors, or parent volunteers. (If you have a very small class/lessons you could move each group from station to station and accomplish this with just yourself as teacher.)
Set up stations around your room where students complete an activity and get a treat. Here are some examples for beginners:
- Station 1: “Knock” a rhythm on the door
- Station 2: Play a simple song
- Station 3: Answer 3 theory questions
- Station 4: Read the note names of 8 notes
- Station 5: Name the parts of your instrument
- Station 6: Play a scale (or 4-5 notes of a scale)
- Station 7: Write a rhythm with popsicle sticks
Give each student a completion sheet. When they finish each station, they get initials (so they can’t go back to the same station more than once) and they get to choose a prize of some kind. Make it feel like “Trick-or-treating.” If you can’t give out treats at each section, give them a treat/prize at the end when they finish their completion sheet.
Photo examples of some stations:
- Station 1: Knock a rhythm on the door. (Station leader preps the card before each student.) The rhythm cards in the picture are from a set of 80 that can be purchased HERE. You can also use the rhythm cards found in this set HERE.
- Station 3: Answer 3 theory questions (Leader can pick or student can pick. Answers can be on the back with a sticky note if you are using a student/parent leader.) The cards in the picture below can be purchased HERE.
- Station 4: Name note names (Students can pick their own or the leader can select for them. Answers on back for leader.)
- The cards in the picture below can be purchased HERE.
- Write a rhythm with popsicle sticks (Give leader a ‘cheat sheet’ with answers if needed.)
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