Here are some Valentine’s Day music and activities that I’ve posted over the years. First I list 7 elementary piano solos, and then some worksheets and games. Click on the link below the picture to download this Valentine’s Day Material.
Chocolate Valentines pre-reading
Chocolate Valentines on-the-staff
Love Somebody Pre-reading
Love Somebody Primer (on-the-staff)
Love Somebody Level 2 (8th notes and some hands together)
There’s a Little Wheel a-Turning in my Heart (late elementary)
Write a Valentine’s Song (a composing activity)
Valentine Notes (a worksheet to write notes on a grand staff)
Valentine Note worksheet (draw lines to connect notes to the staff)
Rhythm Heart Beats (for dictation) You can put this one on your IPad and save paper!
More Rhythm Heart Beats
Valentine Note Hunt – a student favorite!
Hearts and Clubs – Notes
Hearts and Clubs – Intervals
Hearts and Clubs – Keyboard Flash Cards (use these instead of note flash cards with the Hearts and Clubs Notes board game.
Steal a Heart – a board game for group lessons. This is good for reviewing ledger lines with your older students. My middle school students love this game in group lessons.
Cards for Steal a Heart – the PDF contains many ledger line cards.
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It’s Valentine’s Week, and if you’re looking for a last-minute quick and easy activity for young students, here is a Valentine’s Day game you still have time to print and use today! There is not much planning, the rules are simple, and all you need is a few minutes to cut out the cards . This activity is a re-post from January in case you are a new reader, or didn’t see it the first time I posted it, and I’m posting it here today as a reminder. Also some teachers wanted to see a photo of the folded cards. If you are a parent, this a fun game to play with your children to introduce rhythm names.
The printable cards look like this:
Valentine Card Hunt
Click on the link under the picture above. That will take you to my website where you can download the free printable. Print the pages on sturdy card stock and cut them out. Do not laminate the cards. Fold in the middle so the heart is on one side and the notes on the other. (Cardstock is easier to fold if you score it lightly using a ruler and a dull point, such as a dull butter knife. Leave a comment if you need more directions.) After folding, the cards sit up like a tent. Hide them around the room with the Valentine heart facing out. Do not hide too well, or students will not find them and next Christmas you will still be finding Valentine cards in little hidey-holes in your studio!
Tell your student that you have hidden little Valentine “cards” all over the room. The cards have different rhythm values on the back. The student’s job is to find and collect the ones with half notes (or whatever note you want to work on) as fast as possible. Depending on how much time you have, you can play again, collecting different rhythms.
This is also an excellent activity to introduce a new rhythm to beginning students.
- To quickly learn to recognize rhythm note names
- To learn that stems can go up or down
- To introduce rhythm names to beginners
- To play a fast (under 3 minutes) Valentine’s Day game
- Early childhood to grade 2 or 3
This is a variation of a game idea from Cecilly called Quarter Note Hunt, and it has been a long time favorite in my studio.
Hearts and Clubs Interval Game
I really meant to post this earlier but it is a busy time of the year. This is an interval game using my Hearts and Clubs theme. The hearts make it a good game for Valentine’s, but it can also be played any time of the year. This is another fast learning game that will not take up very much lesson time.
- learn to identify intervals quickly by sight
- review intervals if the student already knows them
- quickly identify intervals under pressure
- Suitable for elementary and older students who have learned intervals up to octaves
- Some younger children can play if given lots of time
- Printed game board with the interval flash cards
- Sand timer or stop watch
- Bingo chips
Give the student a set of interval flash cards. Set the timer. The student quickly draws a flash card and places a bingo chip on the corresponding interval degree. The object is to cover all the interval degrees on the game board in the fastest time possible. Beginning students might enjoy a non-timed game better.
This game can also be played with student and teacher or at a group lesson.
Student and teacher: One player uses the hearts on the game board and the other uses the clubs. Players take turns drawing flash cards and covering the corresponding interval with chips on their game board. The first person who covers all their hearts or clubs wins.
In a group: Each player has a game board and bingo chips or you can put two students on each card. Students take turns drawing flash cards and covering the corresponding interval with bingo chips. Place discarded flash cards back in the deck or print extra if you have a large group.
Hearts and Clubs – Keyboards
A few readers wondered if I had some keyboard cards to use with the Hearts and Club Note game I posted last week. As a matter of fact, I did, but I was having a problem with what to do with the extra space on the page. I just hate to leave a space blank!
Jennifer Fox suggested I use an empty keyboard, similar to the Fly Keyboard cards, so that is what I did. You can either use it as a wild card, or take a red marker and make it whatever key you wish. Or use it for your student to draw the letters on the keys.If it is laminated, you can use it reuse it next year.
In order to play this game, you will have to use the game board for the Hearts and Club Note game. You will also find the rules for the game on that post. All you need to do is modify the game for use with the keyboard cards. You can also use these cards as flash cards, if you don’t want to play the game. And don’t forget the famous “run up to the piano and play this card as fast as you can” game!
Valentine Rhythm Hunt
I made this last year, using a variation of a game idea from Cecilly. All of my younger students played it at their private lesson the week of Valentine’s. They liked it so much we also played it at our performance class.
Students should be familiar with the rhythm names of notes. If they are beginners and are not secure in the names yet, use the game as a way to teach rhythm identification. It is a fast way to learn the names of notes.
- review rhythm note names by sight
- quickly identify rhythms under pressure
- play a fun, seasonal game in less than 3 minutes
- Younger children, ages 5-8
- Printed Valentine rhythm cards, cut and folded, but not laminated
- stop watch or mobile phone timer
Print and cut out these Valentine rhythm cards and fold to make a tent card. Before your student arrives, place the cards around the room with the heart side facing out. Call out a rhythm value, such as “quarter note,” and start the timer. Have your student quickly find all the notes of that value. If you have time, your students can hunt for other note values. Depending on the age of the students, don’t hide them too carefully or they will not be able to find them! It is so much fun to watch them quickly run around the room looking for notes!
Children love this game. It can be used at an individual lesson or with a group. For a non-seasonal version of the same game, see Cecilly’s game, Quarter Note Hunt.