Classroom Music Games – Note Sums Game

Organize the students in 2 lines facing the board. The first two players in line are given a mathematical equation that the final answer equals either 4 (whole note/rest), 2 (half note/rest), 3 (dotted half note) or 1 (quarter note/rest). Start the equations with only addition and subtraction and then you can move onto using multiplication and division. The answer must be drawn on the board in the form of a musical note. Give them 30 seconds after reading the equation twice and then it goes to the next person in line. Keep track of each teams correct answers and the first team to 10 points wins (or whatever). This game is most suitable for grades 3 to 6, and you can vary the equations based on what they have been doing in their classrooms.

Submitted by Dorothy Weir

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