St. Patrick’s Day Rhythm Game

St. Patrick’s Day Rhythm Game

Happy two-weeks from St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the upcoming holiday, Finegan the Fiddler, a rather musical leprechaun, has decided to visit the studio for the next couple of weeks. He’s a pretty happy little guy, as you can see.

Finegan the Fiddler

Finegan the Fiddler

Problem is, Finegan keeps misplacing his pot of gold around the studio. We made a shamrock path to help him find the pot of gold, but Finegan said he doesn’t like to travel alone. He insisted to travel with my students and make a game out of it! Students can help him find his pot of gold by clapping rhythms, finding notes on the piano, and playing scales and chords.

When students land on a regular shamrock, they must correctly clap, tap, or play a rhythm flash card. If they land on a shamrock with a coin on it, they must complete a Coin Challenge card.

This game includes three levels of Coin Challenge cards for Primary, Elementary, and Intermediate students. Look out for the big coins — Finegan the Fiddler is tricky, and he will send students back to the beginning if he thinks they are after his pot of gold.

(This was my chance to get students to review the meanings of D.C. al Fine and D.S. al Fine in a fun game setting! I hope that this visual approach will help make these signs less troublesome during lessons.)


Level 1 Coin Challenge Cards

NOTE: Rhythm cards are not included. (I didn’t feel like reinventing the wheel!)

The game is designed so that you can use any set of rhythm flash cards. I’m using the Level 1 and 2 of Joy Morin’s Color in my Piano Rhythm Cards. 

Here are the instructions and list of materials that you will need for the game. (This image is included as part of the PDF download.)

To download the game, click HERE. This is a PDF, and you will need Adobe Reader, or some equivalent, to open the file. The PDF file includes the following:

  • Instructions to the game
  • The printable board
  • Three levels of Coin Challenge cards
  • Blank cards for you to create your own challenges
  • A shamrock background to print on the cards.

    PRINTING TIPS:  You must SAVE and THEN print in order for the flashcard guide lines to print. 
    After some trial runs, I found it best to print the Coin Challenge cards using the “fit” sizing option, and to use the “actual size” sizing option for the background. This should ensure that the background will sufficiently cover the backs of the cards.
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  • by foxxpianostudio Posted March 3, 2014 10:04 am

    Very cute, looks like fun! Thanks Sara! 🙂

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted March 3, 2014 10:36 am

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m excited to show my students this week.

  • by Melissa Posted March 3, 2014 10:21 pm

    I’m loving the blog so far, and I can’t wait to play this game with my students tomorrow! One suggestion (from a person who’s spent the evening cutting out coin challenge cards :)…) Is there a way to make the grid that divides the cards show up when printed? It makes the cutting process much easier.

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted March 3, 2014 10:26 pm

      It should print. The grid is made of drawn lines. What program are you using to print it? Maybe it’s a compatability issue that I can fix.

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted March 3, 2014 10:28 pm

      And thank you! I hope your students like it. 🙂

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted March 5, 2014 8:50 am

      Hi Melissa ~ I did some trouble shooting with some piano teachers in a forum yesterday, and it looks like if you view the PDF through a browser, and try to print from there, the lines won’t work. If you save the file first, then print, it should be ok. Just to make sure, I redrew the lines at a thicker pixel! I’ve uploaded the new file 🙂 Thanks for your feedback!

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  • by Robbin Posted March 5, 2014 12:05 pm

    I wish I had read the comments before printing so that I don’t have to draw the lines in by hand. Oh, well. That’s a small price to pay for a game that my students will absolutely love. I appreciate the flexibility that’s included with the cards that ask the student to play a scale. So many of the games that I have don’t extend upward to skills like that. Thanks so much!

    • by Sara @ Sara’s Music Studio Posted March 5, 2014 12:08 pm

      I added that edit to the post this morning, but maybe I need to really highlight it. And thanks for the feedback! I’ve got so many students in my studio that are working on scales, that I felt it was time to include that skill in lessons 🙂

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