Today I had a group lesson with my high schoolers and we reviewed how to construct chords. We practiced with all kinds of chords: major, minor, augmented, diminished, and various forms of 7th chords. I wanted to create a game to reinforce chord building, something fun that I thought teens would like and that would get them up out of their chairs. So I created Chord Pong—My students loved it (even the boys)! In my books, that’s a success!
Here’s what you’ll need:
6 ping pong balls
15 plastic cups
Preparation and Setup:
1. Print the Chord Pong file on card stock and cut along lines.
2. Set up cups in a pyramid. (1st row=1cup, 2nd row=2 cups, etc.)
3. Shuffle the cards and place several letter names in each cup.
How to play:
Students take turns trying to bounce ping pong balls into the cups. Students receive three balls per turn and may only throw each ball once per turn. If a player successfully lands a ping pong ball inside one of the cups, he gets to choose one of the notes inside that cup (without peeking). Play continues until one student has collected 3 chords. Or if you are on a time frame, continue play until the end of the lesson (or a given time frame). The student with the most chords at the end wins.
I hope you enjoy this game with your students!