Looking for a fun activity that your student can do while you’re teaching online?
How about running your own Musical Olympics?
I’ve put together a choice-board style list of Olympic events that your students can enter. They can pick which ones they’d like to do and there are plenty of “novelty” options, so everyone is in with a chance of winning a medal!
How does it work?
- Provide your students with a list of events. You can use my example, or create your own.
- I’ve suggested that each student enter a minimum of 3 events each. They can enter more than 3 if they like!
- Students will submit their entries as a video (I highly recommend Flipgrid for this) and they should include their own name, plus the name of the event in the video title
- If your students are unable to submit videos, then they can create audio recordings instead
- Give the students an entry deadline, but make it a generous one in case they don’t have access to a device at all times
- After all of the entries have been received, you can select a bronze, silver and gold medal winner in each event (you might choose to award a single medal for each one if you have a smaller group of students)
Here are some suggested events. I’ve included these on a nice-looking downloadable choice board which you can use with your students.
- Lowest note – sung [must be sustained for at least 4 seconds]
- Highest note – sung [must be sustained for at least 4 seconds]
- Lowest note – played on an instrument [must be sustained for at least 4 seconds]
- Highest note – played on an instrument [must be sustained for at least 4 seconds]
- Longest note – sung
- Longest note – played on an instrument
- Fastest & most accurate performance of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Fastest & most accurate performance of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star BACKWARDS (in retrograde)
- Most consistent tone – played (sustained for 8 seconds)
- Most consistent tone – sung (sustained for 8 seconds)
- Most interesting or unusual sound made by your instrument
- Most interesting or unusual sound made by your voice
- Fastest and most accurate performance of the tongue-twister “She Sells Sea Shells By The Sea Shore”
- Most inventive performance of your national anthem
- Best beat-boxing performance of a drum pattern [must be a minimum of 4 measures long]
- Best body percussion performance of a drum pattern [must be a minimum of 4 measures long]
Notes about the events
- Lowest note and highest note events: I realise that a bass instrument automatically has a higher chance of winning the “lowest note” event and a melody instrument has a big chance of winning the “highest note” event and so on, but you never know who will enter each event. One of the “higher” instruments may end up with the best entry for the lowest note!
- You may like to have awards for different categories in each event. If you have a large group of students, consider awarding medals for each instrument family or each voice group in a choir.
- There are a number of “novelty” events which could be won by any instrument or voice, so there are plenty of chances to win!
You could award the winners a digital 2020 Musical Olympics medal image, or a digital certificate or some kind. Another option is to allow the gold medal winners to choose the next online learning event that you’ll do (from a list that you provide).
I hope you enjoy running your Musical Olympics!
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Hello! I’m Katie Wardrobe – an Australian music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers through my business Midnight Music.
I’m a qualified teacher but no, I don’t currently teach in a school. I help teachers through my online professional development space – the Midnight Music Community – where there are tutorial videos, courses, links and downloadable resources.
I like to focus on easy ways to incorporate technology into what you are already doing in your music curriculum through a range of creative projects. I also run live workshops and have presented at countless conferences and other music education events.
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