So, "Mrs. Music May I?" is a play on "Mother May I?" and it helps students with note recognition. Here is how we play:
- Teams (I break my kids up by riser color) stand at one side of the room.
- Mrs. or Mr. Music sit on a stool in front of a music stand at the other side of the room. They should face away from the teams.
- Mrs./Mr. Music should have all the learned notes and rests on a music stand in front of them.
- Music Stand
- Note/Rest Cards
- Mrs./Mr. Music Hat (optional)
This was a dollar store cowboy hat I had in my closet.
I added little foam stickers to it so that it would be special!
- Everyone has to play! Even though this is a team game, everyone on the team is responsible for asking Mrs./Mr. Music how many steps they may move. Each time their team takes a turn a new person asks the question.
- A step is heel to toe. If you don't specify they will take giant steps forward and tiny steps back.
- Notes are steps forward, rests are backwards. The note or rest you pick determines the number of steps you can take forward/backwards.
- Mrs./Mr. Music can answer yes or no to your request to move forward. Example: "Mrs. Music may we move a whole note?" "No, but you may move a quarter note."
- If you are making too much noise you will have to move a rest.
- First team passed Mrs./Mr. Music wins!
This game took about 15 minutes because I was explaining the game but you could very easily play it if you had a few minutes left at the end of class. When I made my note/rest cards I purposefully left the note names off because I wanted the kids to have to recall that information. I used 3 X5 index cards for these.
So far I've played this game with 4th grade as a review of the notes/rests we learned last year but I can see playing this easily with other grades. Here is the link to the pin of the game I found last summer.