We started Piano Olympics in the studio this past week, and the students seem to be really excited about it! Although when I introduced it to them, a few students blankly stared at me and said “What’s the Olympics?” Whaaaatttt? I have loved the Olympics ever since I can remember. So it seemed natural to capitalize on the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics and have a little Olympic fun.
This fall I purchased an iPad for use in the piano studio. Since then the students have been playing musical games on it during lessons – learning note names, sight reading, ear training, identifying music intervals, etc. It has been a big bonus in lessons. So I wanted to extend the use of those apps into our Piano Olympics.
I decided to have nine events. Four of these are apps on the iPad, which we will complete in the lesson. These include:
1.Blob Chorus – students must play the game twice, correctly identifying at least 9 out of 10 pitches
2. Flashnote Derby – students must complete two rounds, and correctly identifyat least 18 out of 20 notes on the staff
3. Music Intervals – students must identify twenty intervals correctly
4. Sight Reader – students must pass ten sight reading challenges
The remaining five events are as follows:
5. Cool Composer – students compose a song based on one of the winter Olympic events. (Does not need to be written down).
6. Finger Power – students play their specific list of pentascales, scales, chords, and/or arpeggios in the lesson
7. Practice – students must complete ten practice sessions of fifteen minutes each
8. Rhythm Pro – students must correctly tap five rhythm passages (I might use a rhythm app for this as well, or just have students tap passages from their pieces).
9. Soundtrack – students learn to play the Olympic Fanfare (I have an easy version I wrote on Finale, and a slightly harder version I purchased on Online Sheet Music, arranged by Dan Coates).
All the events need to be completed by March 15. If the student completes 7-9 events, they will win a gold medal. Completing 4-6 events will earn the student a silver medal, completed 2-3 events will earn the student a bronze medal.
I fully expect all my students to earn gold medals, since I plan on completing most of the events together in the lesson. By the way – I am only having my students in sixth grade and below participate, although some of the older kids will be learning the Olympic Fanfare for fun.
I am looking forward to giving out the gold medals come March!
Click here to download the Piano Olympics materials. Or go to my “Printables” page, which is found just under the keyboard banner at the top of the blog.