One thing I have noticed about my own music students is that they love a good mystery! Almost one of the first theory games I made was ‘Who Stole My Doughnut?’ and I have found it to be a great way to learn theory without students even realising – they are having so much fun that time flies!
In this free game, Simon left his doughnut on his work desk but when he returned it had vanished! Students follow the musical clues to solve the crime (they even get to dust for fingerprints) and rule out the suspects one by one.
Theory topics include some note naming as well as musical signs and other general beginner theory. Simon’s computer, for instance, is locked with a password but only music theory will help students break into it.
You can play it for free by registering for the free music pack on my website.
‘Who Stole My Doughnut’ has been massively popular not only with my own students, but with so many other users on my website. So this inspired me to make another musical mystery game called ‘Who Ate My Cake?’. Students follow the musical clues not only in the online game, but also in their piano sheet music to solve the crime.
This music game is brand new this week and we have already been having great fun in my studio trying to work out who did it! There are six original piano pieces to learn such as ‘Suspicious Statues’ and ‘Secrets of the Suits of Armour’ (with a choice of beginner or early elementary levels) and it encourages students to look for patterns in the music as they rule out the suspects one by one.
More information about ‘Who Ate My Cake’ can be found here. Let me know if you have any questions!