New ‘Studio’ pack of beginner games for piano teachers

If you are a ‘Studio Teacher‘ on my website, I’m delighted to let you know that my new Studio: Piano Beginner pack has been added to your account. Designed for use in lessons, this is a collection of online games including “Aliens Love Pizza” or “Sleeping Dragons” to make learning fun right from the first…

Pirate Treasure: a free two player music theory game

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…

Sparking the imagination in music lessons

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” Brad Henry Hands up if your imagination was a huge part of growing up! As a child I remember making dens in the garden with friends and hiding from dragons, or dressing up with clothes from mum’s wardrobe and pretending to be characters…

Apple Rocket: a customisable music theory game

A game ideal for music lessons which allows teachers to choose any notes to suit each individual student! If your music studio is anything like mine, you will have students at all kinds of different levels. No two students are the same even if they are at the same page of the tutor book. Some…

Discovering new music

There is always more to explore It’s lovely to be back teaching again after the long summer break and this week I have been enjoying searching out new music for my returning students. It made me realise that, even though I have been teaching for more than 20 years (and playing for even longer –…

Teachers open the door

Teachers open the door but you must enter by yourself Chinese Proverb A quote to ponder as the new academic year starts in the UK. How much of a student’s musical journey do you believe lies with the teacher and how much with the student? How much responsibility for their learning is in our hands…

Treasure in the Desert: making online music teaching fun!

One of the most popular games in my music studio whilst I have been teaching online is ‘Treasure in the Desert’. It has been great for practising note reading, particularly with those students who can get overwhelmed with sight-reading. Sometimes they find there is just too much to think about – notes, rhythm, expression, keeping…

Fearless Fred: a bass clef game

It’s summer time in the Stone Age and the cave dwellers are playing their favourite game. Every year they play chicken with the falling rocks to see who will be the champion. Every year there is one winner ….. Fearless Fred! But will he win again? This music theory game is part of a collection…

My heart is full of music

The new school year is starting here in the UK and I’m looking forward to seeing all my students again after a long summer break. It has been a lovely summer and I have spent a lot of it playing the piano and making music theory games. The new ABRSM syllabus came out in July…

Honey Bee: note naming game for music teachers

I am excited to let you know about my new music game for teachers available in Tim Topham’s new Marketplace! This customisable game downloads to your computer so you can play it with your students in lessons (both online or in person!). Drag the music notes up or down the stave into any position you…

Piranha Peril: naming treble clef notes

Are you looking for music games to help practice note naming? Your submarine glides gracefully through the murky waters of the river – BUT lurking nearby … is a giant piranha fish! Keep your ship away from him to score points and top the game leaderboard. The game is split into six levels and helps…