Random Games

Below are Random Games for my students taking the MSMTA Keyboard Musicianship Exam.  You should print all pages of your Random Game (they are numbered), cut the tasks (boxes) apart, and have three bowls or bags on your piano: Start, Finish, and Trouble.  Put all tasks in Start, pull a task out, and do it.  If it’s good, put it in Finish.  If you have trouble . . . put it in Trouble, to practice that bag later, A LOT.  Within a couple of days or so, you should put all the tasks in Start again, and start over.

Scroll down for your Level and for more specific information.

Levels 1-2: Generally you don’t need a Random Game to get through your test; the test booklet is adequate.  However, scroll to the bottom of this page for a Generic Random Game which you can print out, and then write your test tasks on the squares.  Make sure and show me your Random Game if you do it!

For Levels 3-6 (including Triads for Ears for Level 5), I suggest this rotation assuming 45 minutes of practice per day:  EVERY DAY practice the Random Game 30 minutes, and use the other 15 minutes for: (Sundays) Sight Reading; (Mondays) Harmonization; (Tuesdays) Improvisation; (Wednesdays) Sight Reading; (Thursday) Harmonization, (Fridays) Improvisation; (Saturdays) your choice of trouble area.  If you need extra Game Squares, scroll down to the Generic Random Game Sheets at the bottom of this page.

Click Here for Random Game Level 3 (1 page only)

Click Here for Random Game Level 4 (2 pages)

Click Here for Random Game Level 5 (2 pages)

Click Here for Random Game Level 6 (3 pages)

(For Level 5 folks, here also is the worksheet of “Triads for Ears.”  Download, print, and use your cd to take the test.  Bring it with you to your next lesson for grading.)

For Level 7, I suggest this rotation assuming 45 minutes of practice per day: EVERY DAY practice the Random Game 20 minutes, and use the other 25 minutes for: (Sundays) Sight Reading & Improvisation; (Mondays) Harmonization; (Tuesdays) Transposition; (Wednesdays) Sight Reading & Improvisation; (Thursday) Harmonization, (Fridays) Transposition; (Saturdays) your choice of trouble area (I suggest Transposition).  If you need extra Game Squares, scroll down to the Generic Random Game Sheets at the bottom of this page.

Click Here for Random Game Level 7 (2 pages)

For Levels 8-9, I suggest this rotation assuming one hour of practice per day: EVERY DAY practice the Random Game 40 minutes, and use the other 20 minutes for: (Sundays) Sight Reading; (Mondays) Harmonization; (Tuesdays) Improvisation; (Wednesdays) Sight Reading; (Thursday) Harmonization, (Fridays) Improvisation; (Saturdays) your choice of trouble area.  If you need extra Game Squares, scroll down to the Generic Random Game Sheets at the bottom of this page.

Click Here for Random Game Level 8 (3 pages)

Click Here for Random Game Level 9 (4 pages)

For Level 10, I suggest this rotation assuming one hour of practice per day:  EVERY DAY practice the Random Game 30 minutes, and use the other 30 minutes for: (Sundays) Sight Reading & Improvisation; (Mondays) Harmonization; (Tuesdays) Transposition; (Wednesdays) Sight Reading & Improvisation; (Thursday) Harmonization, (Fridays) Transposition; (Saturdays) your choice of trouble area.  If you need extra Game Squares, scroll down to the Generic Random Game Sheets at the bottom of this page.

Click Here for Random Game Level 10 (3 pages)

For Overachievers who need extra Game Squares on which to put extra or parsed tasks, here are two types: one for Levels 1-4, and one for Levels 5-10.

Click Here for Generic Random Game Levels 1-4

Click Here for Generic Random Game Level 5-10

Click Here for Level 10 Transposition Challenge