Free Basketball Music Flashcards!
March Madness is right around the corner and your students who love basketball will love these basketball music flashcards! Use them to freshen up students’ note reading practice or play all kinds of music games with them. The sky’s the limit!
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How can I use these Basketball Music Flashcards?
There are lots of ways. Here are just a few suggestions:
- A fresh set of flashcards
I know it seems like a little thing, but for those students you have in your studio that love sports, seeing flashcards with a basketball them will give them new energy for practicing their flashcards.
I know this because I have a son who lights up seeing anything sports related!
- Stand Up Flashcards
We have designed these Basketball Music Flashcards in such a way that they can stand up in the piano keyboard, making it easier to ensure that students not only know the name of a note, but also its exact location on the keyboard.
- Studio Challenge!
Set up a challenge in your studio with challenges at different levels. You might have 5 levels of challenge and each student would start at the beginning challenge. Then you can give them a small prize (like chocolate) when they complete a challenge. Some possible ways to do challenges are to challenge based on hand position (Level 1 would be middle C position notes, Level 2 might be All the notes between C and C, Level 3 might include the low G all the way up to the high G, Level 4 might start including low and high ledger line notes and level 5 might include all the cards including the ledger lines that are in the middle of the staff). Another way to organize this is to do what the Piano Safari creators did and use line and space notes, then adding ledger lines.
However you divide the cards, I would suggest that you have the students name the notes as the first part of the challenge and then play the notes as the second part of the challenge.
Do not underestimate this challenge activity! My own child learned all her note names and where they were long before she needed to know them in playing because her teacher did a challenge like this with her!
- Matching Game
This set of Basketball Music Flashcards includes notes on the staff as well as letter names. So you can easily do a matching game and even have your student complete while they are waiting for their lesson.
- Fast Break
You’ll get more instructions on this in the file, but students can learn their white key note names by placing 2 erasers at the top or bottom of the piano. Then the players take turns drawing letter names and they move their eraser to the next closest corresponding note. The player to the opposite side of the piano first wins!
- Challenge Game
This is always an exciting activity in group lessons. Divide students into two teams and have them line up behind a table. Place a call bell between them and have two students face you with their hands behind their backs. Show them a Basketball Music Flashcard and the first student that rings the bell and answers correctly gets to keep the card. Alternatively, you can have them race to the piano to play the correct note which makes it even more of a physically exciting game!
You can also adapt what Julie Duda did with the Football Music Flashcards here.
We have a fun, inexpensive game that you can use to help teach and drill intervals with a basketball theme. Check out Interval Sketch-a-play!