One of the first music theory games I made was Pirate Treasure and it has always been a huge hit with my students – particularly when playing against me!
In this two player game, students have to really know their note values or risk losing! It covers 1, 2, 3 and 4 beat notes so is ideal for beginners and can be played by two students, student versus teacher, or even student versus parent.
The aim of the game is to turn over cards one by one to collect coins (a 1 beat note is worth 1 coin, a 2 beats note 2 coins and so on) but if the total ever goes above 12 the other player fires on your ship. The player with the most coins at the end wins.
Music teachers might be interested in my collection of Multiplayer Games which include beginner theory topics like treble and bass notes, time values, time signatures, musical signs and more. Play ‘Secret Letter‘ or ‘Bucket Bats‘ and make lessons fun!