Music Mind Games Unit 2 Training Begins Today
Busy week ahead! Music Mind Games, created by Michiko Yurko, teach music theory and literacy. I am looking forward to Unit 2 training with her this week which “includes 30 teacher training hours and instruction on more than 70 games with a refresher of Unit 1 games and Classic Games. Games are from Second Steps.” The games involve all the senses: visual, oral, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile.
In the photo, the child is playing the Fat Snake which teaches the ascending musical alphabet to young students. Using another game, Blue Jello cards, my students understand rhythm very quickly; they see, feel, and hear rhythm as note groups, not individual notes and rests. Do Re Mi cards can be used for dictation patterns. Here are videos of other Music Mind Games. In the game Five Hiding, the child knows all the values of the notes on the cards for this matching game. Some other games demonstrated on this page are Snake and Suspense.
My students are able to learn music theory in a fun atmosphere during our weekly group classes. Some games are easy, but others are quite challenging for the older crowd. Yet, each group finds a “game setting” a fun way to learn important concepts.
Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny; he thinks he is in the world for something important and it gives him drive and confidence. Dr Benjamin Spock