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…

Spooky Town: a music theory game

Visit Spooky Town – just don’t tap the bats in this music rests game! Are you a music teacher looking for Halloween music theory games for your students? Spooky Town is a fun game for beginners and covers simple rests of 1 and 2 beats plus the whole bar rest. Students answer questions before entering…

Dragon Wars: a free music theory game

“I love this game!!!” Student user Can you save the castle from the fire breathing dragon? In this fun and free music theory game, students have to know their note values well to defeat the dragon and win the game! It is perfect for beginner musicians. Each round, pick a bucket and hope it is…

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…

Helping music students become better readers

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail Benjamin Franklin Don’t you find that your students are more successful at learning the music if they have looked at the score first before setting off? If left to their own devices, some will jump straight in and be quite surprised when they’ve reached the end…

Students love musical mysteries!

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…

Garbage bins and music theory!

These cute monsters have been a huge hit in my music studio this term – from my very young beginners up to my older teenagers! I love music studio competitions and have always found them to be highly motivating amongst my students. Since September we have been playing ‘Garbage Monsters’, and at the start of…

Motivating tired students

In an ideal world every student that walks through the music room door would be enthusiastic to learn, ready to fully listen, and engage 100% with the lesson. Sometimes though they arrive after a full day of school or work and might be tired out or have had a bad day. Even though you try…

Follow the musical clues to ‘Escape The House’

You find yourself in the hallway of a house but the front door is locked! How will you escape? There are lots of rooms to explore and musical clues to follow which will help you find your way out. All the questions are grade 1 level and include time signatures, note naming, rest values, musical…

Don’t catch the penguins!

Music teachers can set the questions any way they wish in this theory game! If you’re like me and have students of all different levels, sometimes you might need a game with a bit of flexibility – where you can set things up to suit the individual student. Don’t Catch The Penguins lets you (or…

Bucket Bats: a new beginner music theory game

I have been very busy the past couple of days making a new two player music theory game called ‘Bucket Bats’ – and it’s ready just in time for Halloween! This game works great for teacher/student or student/student and it’s a team game where you only win if you both get to the end! If…