Christmas Pieces FlashcardI’m always looking for a good way to help my students do well on melodic dictation.  At our most recent group lesson, I used these Christmas Pieces Flashcards for a “Challenge!” game. 

This is how we played:

Two teams lined up behind a table.  The first person in both lines put their hands behind their back and stood in front of a table with a call bell in the middle.  I showed them a Christmas Tune Flashcard and the first person to ring the bell with the correct answer earned a point for their team.

Some of the tunes were difficult for the students, so I told them their team members could help them by clapping the rhythm or quietly helping them sing the tune.  The kids had fun and the game became more of a team effort than an individual one, which is often more exciting for the group lesson.