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Here are a few good ideas using a floor staff to teach pitch/letter names

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3  

Title – Using a Floor Staff to Teach Pitch/Letter Names
By – Susan
Primary Subject – Music
Grade Level – K-3

This game works well with younger children, but I have also used it successfully through 6th grade. Use clear plastic (the type found on a roll in the paint section of the hardware store) to make a huge staff out of masking tape. Lines should be about 10-12 inches apart. I find that using a separate piece of plastic for treble and bass works best. That way you can begin with just treble and later add the bass.

To begin with, I use this to help younger kids distinguish between lines and spaces. They are told to put their feet on either a line or space. The use of the whole body is beneficial, especially to younger children, because it adds the kinesthetic approach. I have even used this with older piano students, who have still not “gotten” it.

For the more advanced game, students must have previously learned the music alphabet and the letter names of the lines and spaces. Give each student a card with A, B, C, D, E, F, or G on it. When their name is called, they stand on the correct line or space. Since there are duplicates of each letter, children may stand anywhere there is not another child.

Variations:

(1) Sometimes I let a few students randomly choose a place to stand. Then I play the “song” they make on the piano and we discuss the movement of the notes.

(2) Beanbags can also be used to make an “Identify the Letter Name” game.

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