This game is a favorite among my beginner piano students. I love it because it helps them learn the names of the piano keys faster so that they can make more rapid progress. All you do is print and then cut out the ice cream scoops. Hold up a scoop and ask the student to tell you the name of the key. If they answer correctly, they get to add the scoop to their cone. Before long, they’ll have a tall ice cream cone and they’ll be super excited. Click here to full the original post with full instructions and to print this game.
Send kids on a fun treasure hunt that helps them learn how to recognize and identify music symbols. Teacher hides the symbols around the room and then gives each student a map. Turn the kids loose to match all the symbols with the names on their pirate map. This is a great game for a group lesson. You can even give a prize to whoever finds all the symbols the fastest. Click here to print.
I created this cute poster for some younger students who were just learning how to differentiate the bottom, middle and top notes on the bass staff. To very young kids, all the notes can look the same, and it gets confusing when they’re asked to differentiate the notes–it’s just a bunch of circles sitting on top of lines! So I began by asking students to simply tell me if the note is on the bottom of the staff, the middle, or the top. I found this approach worked very well to help my youngest students begin interpreting music notation. Click here to print the poster and learn more about how I used it.
You guessed it! If there’s a fun poster for bass clef, there’s also one for the treble clef. Use this poster to take your youngest piano students on a trip to visit the Treble Clef Zoo. There they will learn how to recognize and name the bottom, middle and top treble clef notes. Click here to get the cute poster.
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What other games do you like to play to teach music theory to kids? Leave a comment below to share your fun ideas with other teachers. We all benefit when we work together!