I have an adorable kindergarten student who just had her eighth piano lesson yesterday. She is still having a little bit of trouble with her finger numbers (especially LH 4, 3, 2 and RH 2, 3, 4) and remembering which hand is her right hand and which is her left hand, but she does extremely well when I ask her to play, for example, all the D's on the piano. I decided to play a game of "Simon Says..." with her yesterday, incorporating right and left hands, finger numbers, and piano keys, and she loved it! She was great at playing the correct piano keys, so that was very reinforcing for her, and she had to think about her right hand and left hand and finger numbers, which was also a great review! Sneaky, sneaky, Mrs. Melody :)
- To review right hand and left hand
- To review all finger numbers 1 through 5 in random order
- To review all piano keys by letter name, A through G, in random order
- Piano keyboard (or multiple keyboards if using this activity in a group lesson)
- The printable included below
- Student(s) :)
- This game is best for young elementary students and older Pre-K students
- I have included a table below that includes all the possible combinations of hand, finger, and piano key (I hope!). You could cut out each row of the table and place it in a bowl, then the student can draw a slip of paper, or you could draw the slips of paper yourself to save time, or you could "randomly" call out combinations from the table, leaving the sheet intact.
- Simply choose right or left hand, then a finger number, then a piano key.
- For example, you might say, in a very dramatic fashion with pauses if you wish, "Simon Says... with Right Hand... Finger 2... play all the F's." Be sure to pause long enough between each instruction so the student has time to figure out exactly what you are asking her to do.
- Play for as long and as often as you like, or as much as the student needs to play to review everything sufficiently!
"Simon Says..." RH/LH, Finger Numbers, and Piano Keys Review Game
Updated 7/20/2015 with a brand new version of this game called "Beethoven Says". You can find it in my TpT store by clicking here. Enjoy!