Useful Websites

The Practice Shoppe  This site contains numerous free downloads.  There are games, song specific charts and repetition sheets galore.

eMusic Theory  A site with “free music theory drills.”  There are matching games for strings finger position/pitch name; naming notes on a staff, or grand staff; rhythm performance and more.

Blank Sheet Music   Here one can design and print your own staff paper.  Change the number and kind of staves on the page, the clef, key and time signature before printing. Free

MES English  A fantastic collection of free game boards with and without printable cards.  These can be readapted for music lessons.  Free

Classics for Kids  Interactive games for pitch ID on the staff, rhythm recognition, composers, and the ability to compose and hear one's own music in a appealing presentation. Free

Review games:

This list is is by no means an exhaustive list.  Look in the other game categories for this symbol: a which indicates a game that can be used for review.

The review chart:   Create a poster board with all songs learned.  Student can put a sticker, check mark, glued sequin, etc. on the chart and see a visual result for each time they play a review piece

Frog Review / Tip Review:  Play everything in a certain part of the bow.

Mood Review:  Play all review songs with a different mood. Come up with moods or draw them from a hat.

Style Review:  Play pieces in different ways: all staccato/all legato, with different dynamics, different amounts of bow, change the slurs, play in other positions, use different vibratos.

Quirky Review: Turn the bow upside down or pluck the strings instead of using the bow.  March around the house while playing review songs.  Play with fewer bow fingers, ie:  lift the first finger.

Keep count each day of how many review songs have been played.  Perhaps give an award for a specific number reached.

CD Play:  Play review songs with the CD. Keep up.  Dr. Suzuki considered a song was learned if it would be played at the recording's tempo.

Concentration:   have a task to perform while playing, such as sticking a leg out, kneeling, closing eyes, making a face, running in place, standing on toes, humming the tune, having a conversation, etc.

Use the premade review cards for Suzuki Violin Bks 1 and 2 (with some blanks) in the download section.  (sorry, not yet online.)  These can be hid around the room, placed in a bag or hat or put in a pile.  If all of the songs can’t be played in one practice session, keep the ones that have been done separate from those waiting to be played.

Use the color chart system of review found in the downloads section. (Currently, only for violin-Sorry!   Bk .5, Bk 1, Bk 2, Bk 3, Bk 4, Bk 5) Choose one color for each day and play the review songs indicated by that color.  Be sure to select the correct chart as there are six of them arranged for different levels of players.

Bingo Games:   Put review songs on cards.  Draw the card to see which song to play.  Continue the game until a bingo is made, or if desired, until the card is blacked out.

If one has forgotten many review songs, use the Review Hit List (pg 1, pg 2) in the download section. The Hit List is a many week, or even a many month project, but will succeed in helping one relearn all review songs.  Start by listing all of your songs in the category in which you think they fit.  These can always be moved.  Start playing the songs.  Work on specific ones so as to move them up to the next higher level.  Of course the goal is to get all songs into the “never forget” category.  (Note:  I don’t know who devised this system, and would like their permission and/or to give them credit.  If anyone knows who created this, please contact Aunt Rhody.)