Suzuki Violin Easter Group Class Ideas
I like buying a big basket of plastic eggs different in size and color. It cost only a couple $ and could be found in any store around that time of the year. The teaching ideas that come from it – priceless! There are many different ways to use them to aid students instruction and to have students have fun during group lessons.
Musical Eggs/Guess the Egg
I learned this from a good friend in Albuquerque. She is fantastic with young kids and she also has very good ideas to keep them engaged.
Rhythms with the egg shakers
Have students sit in a circle. The teacher shakes the egg with a rhythm. The rest of the students need to produce the same rhythm while going in the circle.
Egg Shaker/Music Police
The parent can use the new “egg shaker” to let the child know every time they need to correct something. For example, if a finger is out of tune, the parent would shake the egg to indicate that the student needs to correct it. The same ideas can be used when practicing for posture, dynamics, etc. This way the correction is done in a form of a game and the students would like to do it more. The same activity could be done at home practice or in a group class. In group class, the younger students can do it (if they are not playing a particular piece) or parents can be involved in the lesson by correcting their own child or the whole class.
Split the plastic egg into two parts.
Passing the Egg
If you are working on straight violin/viola position, then you can play “pass the egg”. The teacher or a parent goes around an transfers the egg( half egg as in the picture above will be easier) to each individual violin. While doing this the students play a piece they have been working on. The egg needs to stay on the violin without falling down. If a student’s instrument is dipping down, then they wont be able to support the egg on the instrument. If everybody is able to do it, the class takes a bow!
Having trouble practicing certain skills with students? Have the parents “find” one egg for their child. This each child will have one egg that they have found and one egg with a very specific assignment geared to the child’s need.
The egg hunts are a favorite of my students. They could be changed to fit different playing levels. There are different ways to modify the activity according to your needs, whether you want students to have more funs, or whether there is a specific skill they need to work on.
Doing the egg hunt activity would take the bigger portion of your group class and even the whole class depending on the number of students, so that would be one lesson idea by itself.
For more games with similar ideas see Scavenger Hunt
Make sure to see Left Hand Development…With an Easter Twist
To see how you can use these ideas for general education and parenting see
Easter Ideas For Your Child