Substitute Lesson ideas – Musical Bingo

For an emergency substitute lesson I have 2 bingo games. Both are purchased games with game cards and a CD. One game is made up of musical instrument sounds and the other is sound we hear around us. I use the instruments bingo for gradesRead more…

Classroom Music Games – Scribble Music

This is an activity that I use during extra time or to leave for a substitute to do with elementary students. It’s an activity called “Scribble Music”. The activity teaches students to listen for the differences in fast and slow music. After reviewing the differencesRead more…

Substitute Music Lesson ideas – Note Pizza

When I was asked to teach a half hour class of 35 kids (aged 8 to 16) before their regular teacher could be there, a friend and I came up with this idea: Build “note pizzas” by giving 6 groups each a set of aRead more…

Classroom Music Games – Round Mania

Take a well known round: I use ‘London’s Burning’ for younger children (KS1 in the UK) and either ‘Frere Jacques’ or one of the quick to learn African rounds for older children (KS2 in the UK) Make sure that the children are secure with bothRead more…

Classroom Music Games – Music Treasure Hunt

Select 4 contrasting instruments (any that you like…for example a scraping sound, a hitting sound, a shaking sound and a pitched percussion or barred instrument) Each instrument will represent a sound (left, right, forward, backward). Practice moving around the room to the sounds. Choose 4Read more…

Classroom Music Games – Music Memory

Draw a collection of music symbols on the whiteboard and have the students name them as you do so. After that have them turn their backs (or turn the white board around) and erase one. They must name the missing one. Keep going until theyRead more…

Classroom Music Games – The Note Bucket Game


Make up a series of large cards with a music notes or symbols that the class are currently learning, and tape them to a series of buckets.   Then set the buckets up in front of the class and make a line with tape onRead more…

Classroom Games – Playing Musical Words

Using manuscript on a whiteboard draw up notes that spell out a word: (eg. “edge”, “dad”, “face”, “cabbage” etc..) one point is first allocated to a student or team who correctly identifies the word. Then you can get the students to ‘play’ the word onRead more…

Classroom Games – Note Races

One of the most fun activities my students love is playing “Note Races.”  What you do is go outside to the parking lot (one with no or very little traffic) or any area that is paved or cement.   Then, I have a few students draw fiveRead more…

Classroom Music Games – Note Blocks

I use Mortinson Math blocks to illustrate rhythm when teaching beginners. “One” blocks are quarter notes in their normal position, but turned over (they are hollow inside) they become quarter rests. “Two” bars are half notes. And so on, any bar being a rest up-side-down.Read more…