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  • #44369
    nafmeadmin
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    What activities do you find work best in guitar class when you have to use a sub? My sub is pretty fearless and has some musical background, but doesn’t play guitar.

    #44448
    nafmeadmin
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    I see in your profile you teach elementary/middle school students. A sub with music experience but no guitar experience can have its advantages. For your age level students here are some things you can try:

    1) Simple rhythmic dictation. If you have a piano in the room you can have the sub hand out staff paper (they are available free on the internet) and have them play predetermined simple rhythms to the students to write out. It’s a great activity and helps students develop their listening skills.

    2) On the flip side you can also do this with simple melodic dictation. This is more challenging for students yet again, it helps them develop their “ear”.

    3) Another fun activity is to have a contest in each class (age appropriate more for younger students) with two teams. One student from each team takes turns going to the board and writes answers to music items you taught in class. Good for review.

    3) If the classes are mature enough, they can also practice on their own. I teach high school. When I am absent I have my students in Guitar 1 classes practice on their own. The always have work to do. For my four Guitar Ensembles I have them do sectionals and collaboratively work together to improve their parts.

    Hope this is a spring board for you.

    #58798
    nafmeadmin
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    Oftentimes when I have a sub, I simply cannot plan on them having any music experience. If they do, it’s great – but if not, I sometimes have students spend time with worksheets that help build on skills that have previously been taught in class. One of the easy things that you can have students do is write out the music they’re working on into another position in tablature (or any position if the music is new to them). Try keeping a stack of tablature paper and have the sub hand it out to students. They can work individually or in groups. If they don’t have regular sheet music accessible to them you can have another stack of simple melodies that they need to tab out. It’s a good way to practice a skill in a different way than normal. Try giving a prize when you return for the student who has tabbed out the most songs (or who can play the most number of songs because they have the tab!)

    I do this a couple times a year at most – any more is generally conceived as busywork, however, it can be fun and helpful in moderation.

    #61836
    nafmeadmin
    Keymaster

    Here’s a fun game. Roll one dice. The number is the string. You roll a 5, it is the A string. You then roll two dice. let’s say you roll a 10. Tenth fret equals a G (10th fret of the A string).

    #61874
    nafmeadmin
    Keymaster

    Thanks for these ideas, folks. They are appreciated. Glenn, the smartboard in my classroom enables me to roll ‘virtual dice,’ for this game, which keeps things, uh, rolling along…

    #62818
    nafmeadmin
    Keymaster

    If it’s a beginning class roll one dice for the fret position.

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