Here’s a fun game for your music lab time or music camp. Suck It Up! divides groups of students in two teams, racing against each other to answer 10 unit review questions. The teams use straws to carry answers from the answer square table the game board table. The first team to get all 10 answers correct wins the game.

Review anything you like – Music Terms, Music Composers, Note Names, etc. The game is totally flexible.

Suck It Up! | Game Board and Answer Squares

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The game instructions, game board and answer squares are all included in the printable packet.

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Piano Apps for Kids
Four apps that actually help kids to learn to play the piano.

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store
Meet Beethoven iPad App (Includes sheet music with interactive tools for practicing)

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Activity and learning always work well together, so this game is sure to be a hit with your young piano students.

I’ve included ideas for a Note Name Relay and a Rhythm Relay below.

Note Name Relay

Step 1 – Teacher calls out note and a clef.

Step 2 – Student in position #1 select correct note and runs to position #2.

Step 3 – Student in position #2 select “Right Hand” or “Left Hand” card and runs to position #3.

Step 4 – Student in position #3 reads the fingering above the note, selects the card with the correct finger circled and runs to the finish line.

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Example
Teacher calls out “Treble Clef – G”

Suzie selects the Treble Clef – G, and runs to Julie.

Julie sees that it’s a note in the treble clef. She selects “Right Hand”, card and runs to Mandy.

Mandy reads the fingering above the note, selects the correct number card and runs to the finish line.

 

Rhythm Relay

Step 1 – Teacher calls out rhythm.

Step 2 – Students in position #1 select rhythm and runs to position #2.

Step 3 – Students in position #2 select the note’s rhythmic value and run to the finish line.

Example
Teacher calls out “Half Note.”

Suzie selects the half note, and runs to Julie.

Julie sees that it’s a half note. She selects “2 Beats”, and runs to the finish line.

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Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

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The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

 

Whether you set up a music lesson lab with computers, software, apps, headphones, keyboards, worksheets and a dedicated area, or just informally include “lab time” at the end of student lessons, this post may prove to be a useful guide to many of the best, and most popular free resources on the web. If you have another suggestion please share with everyone by adding a comment below.

Keyboard Key Identification
Drill keyboard key identification skill with the resources found at these links.

Keyboard Note Identification

Music Notation
Learn the basics of music notation with the following online resources.

The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines | Online Lesson

Note Naming
Drill notes with the following collection of free printable worksheets and interactive online resources/games.

Name That Tune! Note Name Worksheet
CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheets
Let’s Crossword! Note Name Worksheet
Eek! Shark! Note Name Arcade Game
Treble Clef Flash Cards
Bass Clef Flash Cards
Viola Clef Flash Cards
Treble Clef Concentration Game
Bass Clef Concentration Game
Viola Clef Concentration Game
Note Name Game
Mighty Music Man 1
Mighty Music Man 2
Space Invaders Note Names

Intervals
Learn and drill musical intervals with this collection of worksheets and interactive online resources.

Ready, Set, Go! | Interval Worksheet
Intervals | Interactive Lesson

Rhythm
Drill rhythm identification skills with the following free printable worksheets and interactive online games.

It All Adds Up! | Rhythm Worksheets
Music Press Distress | Rhythm Arcade Game
Let’s Play Store | Printable Rhythm Game
Note Duration | Online Lesson
Rest Duration | Online Lesson
Dots and Ties | Online Lesson

Key Signatures
Learn and drill key signatures with the following online lessons/flashcards.

Key Signatures | Online Lesson
Virtual Flash Cards

Chords
Learn how to build chords with the following online music theory lessons.

Introduction to Chords | Online Lesson
Triad Inversion | Online Lesson
Seventh Chords | Online Lesson

Composers
Introduce your students to the great composers with the following printable worksheets and free coloring pages.

Great Composer Word Search Worksheets
Great Composer Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot Worksheets
Great Composer Coloring Pages
“Meet the Composer” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
“Meet the Composer” Job Application

Orchestra
Introduce your students to the instruments of the orchestra with the following printable worksheets.

“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Woodwinds
“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Brass
“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Strings
“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Percussion

Composing
Try writing your own music with this interactive online composing resource.

Compose You Own Music | Online

Music Terms
Look up music terms with this musical dictionary.

Classics for Kids Music Dictionary
MakingMusicFun.net Illustrated Music Dictionary for Kids

Online Music Lessons
Get tips on basic piano performance techniques, or how to play you favorite songs.

YouTube.com
TeacherTube.com
MakingMusicFun.net

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Poke-the-Key Game | Keyboard Key Identification

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I like to end music lessons with a game/activity. One that I use often is a game that I made up many years ago. The basic goal of the activity is to get students to name the keys on the piano keyboard accurately and quickly.

Rules/Proceedures

1) Tell students, “We are going to play a game. The first one to ten points wins.”

2) Tell students, “I will call out an alphabet letter. As quickly as you can, play the correct key. I will count to two, and then play the correct key. If you beat me, you get the point. If you play the wrong key, or I beat you, I get the point.”

3) Begin the game, tallying the score as you go. First one to 10 points wins the game.

Variation
You can also try a variation on this game by point to notes on the printed page if you would like to make note naming your goal. If you go this route, I find it helpful to limit the number of notes used during game play for younger students.

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

 

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ClassicsforKids.com features several educational flash games for young music students. The ‘Note Name Game’ presents kids with a word spelled in music notes. Drag the note name to the blank the spell the mystery word. The ‘Compose Your Own Music’ activity is also worth a look.

Play ‘Note Name Game’

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

Toss those printable worksheets! Check out the new music theory arcade games at MakingMusicFun.net! They are great fun, and free to play!

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‘Music Press Distress’ Music Theory Arcade Game

“The music printing press has gone bezerk! Help Oliver catch the notes that are flying from the press to print the music books. But watch out! Three bonks on the head, or three incorrect answers will end the game.”

Learn to identify 6 basic rhythms with Oliver and the gang, including the whole note, the half note, the eighth note, the dotted half note, and the dotted quarter note.

 

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

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