Do you find yourself struggling to find games and activities for your primer students? Below is a list of online resources. Many of them free! Please note that many of the sites below require flash.
First I wanted to say how much I love MusicLearningCommunity.com! Christine Hermanson is wonderful and often times will create a game based on a need teachers have in their studio. I have emailed her several times suggesting games, most of which were a need specifically for my primer students. Tommy Tiger 2’s and 3’s and Hand Prints were a result of one of my requests. However I do understand the predicament of finding enough material for our young beginners and primer students.
Besides MLC, I thought I would mention a few of my favorite software programs, apps and free online programs that I like to use in my studio for early childhood music students and/or primer students.
Software: Midisaurus, Music Ace (or Piano Ace- this is the same software, Piano Ace combines Music Ace 1 and 2), Jumpstart Music and PianoMouse are among my favorites.
Free online resources I like are Classics for Kids (for all ages) and Music Tech Teacher (also for all ages depending on the game.) Music Tech Teacher has over 130 elementary quizzes, puzzles and games about music students can play.
MusicTheory.net has lessons and exercises for all levels!
Another website to check out, provides links to over 80 free music games. you can access online. Check out Stars & Catz.
Hope that gives you some more ideas of what you can use in lab time with your beginning students. Be sure to read the comments below for even more!