• Chris Caton-Greasley

The Major Minor Marchers


These are the Mini-Marchers

from Music Academy,

They're practising their marching

to be in the marching band, you see. This is the first verse of this active story. Get ready to march around the room with the Mini Marchers fun and energetic challenges.


Challenge 1

The Red Hexagon
  • Play all the C's on your instrument.

  • Hop on one foot four times

Challenge 2

The Orange Hexagon
  • Play all the D's on your instrument.

  • Jump side to side four times.

Challenge 3

The Yellow Hexagon
  • Play all the E's on your instrument.

  • Touch your toes 3 times

Challenge 4

The Green Hexagon
  • Play all the F's on your instrument.

  • Do 4 jumping jacks

Challenge 5

The Blue Hexagon
  • Play all the G's on your instrument.

  • March on the spot 5 times

Challenge 6

The Purple Hexagon
  • Play all the A's on your instrument.

  • Close your eyes & touch your nose 6 times.

Challenge 7

The Pink Hexagon
  • Play all the B's on your instrument.

  • Say the musical alphabet backwards.

Start and Finish

The Dark Blue Hexagons
  • To start play your new piece.

  • To finish play your favourite piece.



To Prepare the Challenges

  1. To prepare the cards cut out the shapes leaving one edge connected.

  2. Cut a piece of card the same shape to stiffen the print out and glue the two sections together, or to each side of the strengthening card, using a glue stick.

  3. Cut out the pocket, fold the flaps under and affix onto the placement guide. The shapes can be stored in the pocket when not in use.

  4. Thread a piece of cord 60 cm long from the top side thru the blue spot, then back up from the other side through the red spot. Secure on the back with tape and use this to tie the cards in place.

How to Play

  1. Download a metronome app on your mobile device and set it at 96 beats per minute. This is known as ANDANTE or walking pace.

  2. Decide a start position.

  3. Measure 7 pairs of steps (14 ticks) from this and place the first marker.

  4. Repeat for all markers.

  5. You can use the 7 pairs of steps to say an alphabet number loud when one foot is used and quietly for the other foot. This encourages the understanding of a strong first beat and a weaker second beat.

  6. Before you move on complete the challenge.

  7. The colours on the challenge cards reflect the colours for C, D, E, F, G, A and B used in the Triquetrae Piano Program. This concept can also be used in different occurrences of the game. The cards can be mixed up and used with both sides.

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