Who ate my cake?: an interactive mystery for beginner musicians!

Make music lessons fun with this new interactive musical mystery for beginners! Learn the music, search for clues and work out who ate the cake.

At around 2 p.m on Thursday Mrs Sponge, the cook of Cherrywood Castle, told King Bomblebeard she had made his favourite cake and left it in the kitchen. The King went out for the afternoon but when he returned his cake had mysteriously vanished!

Rule out the suspects one by one until you have found the thief. Clues are hidden not only in the sheet music, but also in the accompanying online game. It’s available in two levels for pianists (choose from beginner or early elementary) and also for treble instruments (such as the flute, clarinet or saxophone).

There are six original pieces to learn, including ‘Suspicious Statues’ and ‘Secrets of the Suits of Armour’, and three parts to the online game. Explore the rooms to the castle and open doors to sniff out clues. What could be hiding in the attic?

Teachers can choose the sheet music to suit the level of the individual student. Pianists can play the beginner version with only notes in the five finger position around middle C, or early elementary using notes in two five finger positions with some hands together playing (a teacher guide is available to download with more information). The treble instruments edition has a choice of two PDF downloads with set one suitable for flautists or saxophonists, and set two for instruments like the clarinet.

After part one, explore the interactive castle and sheet music in any order you wish. Pick a piece and search the rooms of the castle associated with that piece to find clues. Rule out each suspect using the printable case files to make notes. Successful students who correctly name the thief can download and print a certificate.

Music teachers have the option of setting up a teacher account so they can add their own students for a further discount and it is ideal for either in person or online teaching.

Can you work out who ate the cake?!

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