I am so excited to share these three things that I am loving right now with you! I'm not sure why I have never used music games very much in my teaching, but I really have started to love them! So here are the three: music games, foam blocks, and The Adventures of Egbert.
1. Music Games: I found a bunch of music games online that were just ideas or had free printables and put them all in this binder. Each game is in its own plastic sleeve so when I want to play a game, I can simply take out the plastic sheet and the instructions and pieces are all together. I found most of the games I have been using at colorinmypiano.com and teachpianotoday.com. The students love playing games and I feel great that they are reinforcing concepts without boring them! (Yes, that is my piano teaching notebook...I need to separate the games and give them their own notebook!)
2. Foam Blocks: While I was pulling together some of the music games above, several of the games called for blocks or dice with note names or note values on them. I found these 3/4" foam blocks on Amazon and they work wonderfully! They are colorful and the right size. Plus, the package contained 100 so I have plenty if we lose one or decide to use them for something else.
3. The Adventures of Egbert: This is a very fun little book for beginning violinists. There is a cute story about a little boy named Egbert who goes on an adventure and there are little songs and musical excerpts on every page. The young students I have used it with so far have loved it.