Review right hand, left hand, finger numbers, and piano keys in a snap by playing a quick round of “Beethoven Says!” Playing “Beethoven Says” is just like playing the fun childhood game “Simon Says”, but with piano keys, finger numbers, and right hand and left hand. This particular version can be played with multiple students in a group piano lesson, music class, or music camp, or it can be played with one student during a private piano lesson.
A total of 176 cards: 88 in vibrant color for printing onto white card stock, plus a black and white set of 88 that looks equally fantastic printed onto colorful card stock.
Suggestions for Use
- Print the cards onto card stock, and laminate if desired.
- Cut out each card.
- Use as many cards as desired for the time allotted.
- Shuffle the cards and the teacher (or another student) can be the leader, or “Beethoven”.
- The leader draws a card and reads what the card says. For example, “Beethoven says… with LH… finger 3… play B.”
- The students follow that command and play any B with LH finger 3.
- Anyone who follows the command incorrectly is out of that round.
- Additionally, there are several cards that don’t say “Beethoven Says” on them. The leader will simply read the card. For example, “With LH… finger 3… play B.”
- Any students who follow that command are out of that round because the command didn’t include the words “Beethoven Says”.
- Continue playing for as long as you have time, or until only one player is left. That player is the winner.
I have an adorable kindergarten student who just had her eighth piano lesson. 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 motivating for her, and she had to think about her right hand and left hand and finger numbers, which was also a great review!
Storing and Organizing the Game Cards
I love storing these game cards in colorful 4×6 photo boxes like these (affiliate link). They are my favorites because they’re the perfect size, and the colors are vibrant and fun!