Whirligig Games

Triple Threat sharps and flats

The Triple Threat games come in many different editions.  The first one to be produced was the Key signature game.

 

In this edition, players learn to recognize Major Key signatures and their relative minors while having “triple” the fun.   An example of the matches in the Triple Threat- sharp key signature edition would be; G Major, one sharp, and E minor.    They can match in any combination with the exception of exact same symbols.   Students must identify each key signature many times to play the game so their ability and speed increase dramatically by playing the game even one time!

Triple Threat Key Signature Edition is available in either a sharps set or in a flats set.  They can be combined to play with both sharps and flats together.  Whirligig logo symbols and the keys of C Major and A minor are the adjoining tiles that facilitate the combination set.  You can then include parallel as well as relative keys.

There are many ways to vary this game to include the aural aspects.  Following posts will address those.

To see more information and watch how the game is played click on this link: Triple Threat Tiles – Sharps Edition

Whirligig Games

Triple Threat

Triple Threat is a unique twist to a domino game, using music terms and symbols.  As the name implies, there are always three things that make a match; a music term or symbol, its name, and its definition.  Exact symbols or names do not match each other.  For example: F, Forte, and loud can match in any combination.  When you use this game, students have to learn what each symbol means, not just play a matching game.

It can be used with any age student at either individual private lessons or in a small group.  You can get it out during any lesson for a quick treat that is very worthwhile!

The game can be played in as little as five minutes and since it is available in four different levels, you can target exactly the area that you need.  Your students will love this game and you will find that it is a great tool to both introduce new music terms and review those that you have already taught.

The following images show the terms and symbols in each level.

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For game instructions and a video showing the play of the game click on this link:  Triple Threat instructions

 

To purchase the tile holders shown in the video go to:  Tile holders

Tile Holder

World Music

Are We There Yet?: A Musical Journey Around the Globe

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A NEW WORLD MUSIC AND CULTURE CURRICULUM JUST RIGHT FOR YOU!

 

Keys to Imagination is proud to introduce classroom teachers to Are We There Yet?: A Musical Journey Around the Globe, an interdisciplinary program that teaches students about world music, instruments, culture, and geography though colorful interactive slides, videos, text, photos, music, crafts, games and puzzles.  Designed to be used on any computer, tablet or smart board, this curriculum is easy to navigate and completely done for you! Use Boomwhackers or rhythm instruments to enhance the experience!   Customize your instruction by choosing the activities that fit your needs.  

The countries currently in the program are Africa, Australia, Thailand, South Korea, United States, and Canada with more to come!

Students Learn:

  • 18 native folk songs (3 per country) – Sing in unison or add rhythm band parts and Boomwhackers for additional levels of learning.
  • Create an impressive multimedia performance by adding the acompaniment slide show DVD, showcasing photos from the curriculum.
  • Geography, people, places and characteristics of each country’s music.
  • Make your own instruments from household items such as wrapping paper tubes and shoe boxes.

Teacher’s Kit Includes:

Reproducible Boomwhackers, Rhythm Instruments and Vocal and Piano Accompaniment Music for 18 Folk Songs, and Teacher Guide with ideas for additional games and a complete supply list.

Online Access code for:

Curriculum slides and interactive activities for each country
Accompaniment MP3 Tracks
Accompaniment Video (Photos from curriculum synced to the accompaniments for a multimedia show!)
Color Coded Boomwhacker Music
Reproducible Passport Workbook

Bring a world music expert, Dr. Deborah Brener, into your classroom!  This program is comprehensive and aligned with the national standards.  All music and accompaniments are included. No experience in world music necessary.

Coordinate reading and writing assignments to correlate with the country you are currently studying to expand the program even more!   Consider connecting with a group or class from that country and become “pen pals or SKYPE pals” to create more cross-culture communication and understanding.

For more information, visit our website at Keys to Imagination-Are We There Yet?

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Music Innovations Museum

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Journey back in time in this museum to learn about innovations that have helped shaped music history.  This game helps to motivate students to practice and complete goals for the entire year!

Each student gets a character piece to use on the game board. For each day students practice the required amount or completed a given goal, set by the teacher, they will earn one space on the giant heavy-duty vinyl game board hung in the studio.

Students must visit all 12 exhibits to earn  collector cards.  Each card provides fun facts about innovations during each of the following eras: Prehistoric, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Classical, Impressionistic, Modern, Contemporary, 21st Century and the future.

The research:

Musicians generally possess adequate knowledge of music history and how music has progressed.  We discuss composers, eras, and styles with our students as they learn new pieces.  With this in mind, our initial intention was to have this be a music history museum to reinforce our music history instruction.  As we were developing this game, we found ourselves fascinated with the innovations that have affected the way music has changed.  Beginning with prehistoric instruments and carrying through to the present, there have been drastic changes not only with the instruments themselves, but in the methods of producing and sharing music.  Those innovations directly impacted the lives of composers and musicians.

There were so many innovations that we couldn’t possibly include everything in this game, however we have included more activities and information in the teachers materials.  There are links to websites with music played on the instruments of the different periods as well as informational videos about the inventions such as the printing press and harpsichord as well as later technology.  It will be fun to see the students’ reaction to music played on a Victrola!

It was amazing to see how much has changed since I was a young music student!  Where can we possibly go from here?   The final project for the students who participate in this game is very exciting!  I discussed it with some of my students and they were very eager to get started!

In a future article, I will recommend some music books to use for our young students as a companion to this game.

 

World Music

Are We There Yet? A Musical Journey Around the Globe for Home schooling.

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A NEW WORLD MUSIC AND CULTURE CURRICULUM JUST RIGHT FOR YOU!

 

Keys to Imagination is proud to introduce homeschooling parents to a curriculum that anyone can present even if you do not read music!  Are We There Yet?: A Musical Journey Around the Globe is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students about world music, instruments, culture, and geography through colorful interactive slides, videos, text, photos, music, crafts, games and puzzles.  Designed to be used on any computer or tablet, this curriculum is easy to use and completely done for you!  There is no need for you to be able to read music!  Customize your instruction by choosing the activities that fit your needs.  

 

Coordinate reading and writing assignments to correlate with the country you are currently studying to expand the program even more!   Consider connecting with a group or class from that country and become “pen pals” to create more cross-culture communication and understanding.

 

Bring a world music expert, Dr. Deborah Brener, into your home!  This program is completely done for you and aligned with the national standards.  It is easy for music or non-music teachers to use; no experience in world music needed and you don’t have to know how to read music!

 

For more information, visit our website at Keys to Imagination-Are We There Yet?

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