So many of my piano teacher friends are asking me how i’m doing my pokemon studio challenge this year and I have to say, I’ve just started and pushed the start date back to September but it is looking SO cool so far. Feel Free to Steal My ideas!
Pokemon: Gotta Count Them All Practice Contest September 2016-May 2017
The Goal of the contest is to create a fun Pokemon song…an original Creation of your own!
Each student receives a free rhythm sheet and Pokemon Staff Paper in September. They can start writing their composition right away or wait until May. Students have to use the rhythm provided and any rhythms they earn to compose their piece of music. They can choose the notes. (Preschool students will work on their compositions with Ms. Judy.)
To earn more rhythms for your piece you have to go to a pokestop (in Ms. Judy’s studio and around our community) and get some pokeballs. Pokeball packets contain a special worksheet, project, or piece of music. Please make sure to pick up the packet that says whatever instrument you play (e.g. Piano) because you don’t want to go home with music for the WRONG instrument! If you are in Preschool or Kindergarten ask for a Little Mozarts Pokeball. If you play both violin and piano you can pick which packet you want to do.
Teachers: (The pokeballs will be white black and red folders or manilla envelopes for flashcards or games with pieces) with a pokeball i’m printing out taped to the front. Baskets of pokeball packets are left at businesses with directions for the business attached to a laminated tag. Example, please keep behind the counter, these are for my students only, please give them only one packet of Little Mozarts or Violin or Piano.
The pokestops are….(make some of them in your house so that kids with unenthusiastic parents can also participate!)
Ms. Judy’s Fireplace
Ms. Judy’s Stairs
Simon McHugh Violin Shop
Great Plains Nature Center Front Desk in Visitors Center
Hurts Donuts near 37th and Woodlawn
Imagine That Toys near 29th and Woodlawn.
I picked kid friendly places that i’m sure will say yes. If they don’t i’ll move on until I have 5 to 8 pokestops. Businesses will prob. be elated to get more customers in the door!
Complete the activity in the Pokeball and bring it to your next lesson to capture a Pokemon…
you’ll receive a special Pokemon card with a rhythm on it you can then add to your piece!
You can TRADE pokemon cards with anyone at any time as well (think before or after your lesson or during group lessons.) Pokeballs with trickier assignments will earn you a rare pokemon.
Pokemon Card Resources:
A wonderful teacher sent me the pokemon theme song music she transcribed for her students but I can’t share it with you 🙁 so I encourage you to be creative in this aspect. Yes, it is technically illegal to transcribe music that is copywritten, even if for yourself, so I am not technically telling you to do that!
“When you are done with your composition be sure to color the cover of your piece. At the end of the contest in May we are going to have a Pokemon Party and play our compositions for each other! I will record your pieces and submit them to a panel of judges comprised of other Piano and Violin teachers across the country. The judges will be looking at your composition, listening to the way you play it and also taking the cover art into their score.”
So, which of my teacher friends will be the lucky judges?! lol. I’m going to ask some famous piano music composers for sure, and maybe some cool artists that i’ve played in Wichita Symphony with…if you want to be a judge let me know!
Feel FREE to steal my idea for your own studio! We all benefit when our students love to create music!