Help designing our Future Games

At the Fun Music Company we are currently working really hard on our first computer game product which is going to be called Interactive Music Games. This is going to be a package of music theory games that will engage students in a computer lab or using an interactive whiteboard.

Thanks to our surveys already on this topic we know that people want:

  • Simple Software games to keep one child at a time engaged and learning on the computer
  • Games to use on a class network of computers
  • Music Games that can be used on interactive Whiteboard

We are currently working on them right now, and they will be released later this year. Today we thought we would just give you some of the ideas we have, and invite you to submit your own ideas to help us create this product.

Musical Match Games
There will be a wide variety of match games in this set of computer games. Students will not only have to match musical symbols and notes, but match keyboard positions to staff positions, match instruments to their sound, match melodies to their notation and more.

Musical Symbol Puzzles
Students will learn the shapes of many different types of musical symbols through a wide variety of puzzles. Race the clock and get the treble clef together!

Stop its Wrong!
A computer adaptation of the popular game from our Printable Music Games series will help students know the correct way to write musical notation

Placing the notes on music lines
Students will drag and drop notes on to manuscript – Racing the clock and being very accurate to make sure they are in the right place.

Hey why not, instead of just talking about it, lets show you what we mean!

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Play the notes on the piano keys
Students will have to play the virtual piano in response to the note that appears on the staff in front of them.

Place a scale on the stave
Students will have to place the notes of a scale on the stave, add accidentals and slurs in the right places.

Music Composition
Students will “drag and drop” bars of music to create their own compositions

At the moment we thought we’d put up one simple game for you to have a try and give us some feedback.

What other ideas do you have?

What would you like to see in this product?

Use the comment box below to give us your suggestions. The people with the best suggestions may be asked to Beta test these games in the next couple of months, so make sure you submit your feedback!

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29 Comments

  • By Margie Hildebrandt Reply

    Fill in the measure (of varying meter signs) with correct note or rest values.

    Ear training – play 3 note patterns, student identifies the solfege pattern played (can be a tic tac toe like game)

  • By Doris Kirke Reply

    I love everything you have done so far so I know whatever you do will be top notch. I would really like to see some rhythmic dictation exercises worked into a game. Good Luck!

  • By Graham Veal Reply

    Like the game, and hopefully wil operate on full stave.

    I would like to see similar interactive game based on the various scales if that is possible.

  • By Nancy Saunders Reply

    There are quite a few music theory resources on the web for elementary age students. I really need more sophisticated theory exercises for my middle school and high school students.

  • By Karen Collier Reply

    Janice,
    I like the game. My students love to do interactive games on my smartboard. I think these games and activities are a great idea.
    Thank you for your dedication and hard work for children in music.
    Karen

  • By Jan Sivertsen Reply

    Thanks so much for these games. How will the licensing structure work? We have computer labs again, so if we could get the games for the whole lab, that would be great!

    Can you put some of those cute graphics on the basic pages? Or when a student gets 100% have a fireworks display or page that really pops.

    I hope all is well with you and your family.

    • By janice Reply

      Hi Jan and it’s always nice to hear from you. As with the licensing structure, we’ll do what we already do with our CD- ROMs. It’ll be a “one off” affordable purchase which will give you access to the materials in a computer lab or on individual computers. We feel that once you’ve bought it, the choice will be yours as to how you use it and the product should be adaptable to use on the many different tools available to us all as music teachers. So yes- computer lab would be one of the main uses for the product. We love your ideas of the graphics and fireworks- we’ll certainly be developing this into the product. Thanks as always for your feedback.

  • By Jenn Reply

    When will these computer games become available???

    • By janice Reply

      Hi Jenn, we are hoping for a release in 2-3 months, but this will depend a bit on how quickly we can get the programming and editing of the product done. Now that we’ve shown everyone our initial idea, we’ll be working around the clock to get it all completed ASAP!

  • By Lynn Kroeger Reply

    My wish would be for you to come up with more advanced theory games that will aid us in getting students ready for the National Music Certificate exams, otherwise know as Royal Academy exams. There are lots of games for the beginner but not much for the more advanced student.

    • By janice Reply

      I hear you Lynn! This is certainly something we’d be interested in pursuing as we further develop the product. There is never enough more advanced music theory games available at higher levels.

  • By Kristi Baeseman Reply

    The composition part might be a little more successful if there is a beginner’s level. Start with a simple classical melody with 8 measures. Keep the first and last measures in place. Then roll the interactive die to choose the order of the remaining 6 measures.

    • By janice Reply

      Thanks for this lovely idea Kristi! This would be a great idea for a composition type game.

  • By Douglas Clayton Reply

    Very nicely done, very easy to use, the only thing I might include in the instructions is that the notes need to be placed in the center of the measure. Thank you for including me in your evaluation of htis game.

    Perhaps a beginning composition game that can be printed out so that the student can distribute parts to other students to try to play.

    • By janice Reply

      Hi Douglas and thanks for your honest feedback. You’re right, at the moment the note can actually be placed over the clef sign, so this will need to be modified. I love the idea of the beginning composition game. I’m very interested by this composition game concept. Were you thinking of an arranging type game where the students write it from scratch and then try it out by printing the parts or something else?

  • By Valerie Evensen Reply

    I like the game above. I appreciate the fact that you are considering the private piano studio as well as a lab setting. On the note placing game, would the teacher have the ability to set up what notes the student worked on?

    Thanks

    Valerie

    • By janice Reply

      Thank you for this very useful feedback Valerie. What a great idea! Teachers really will need to have the ability to set up what notes are being worked on at times. So as yet we’re not sure how we’re going to do it, but yes, we can see that this will be crucial to the development of the product. We know that as music teachers, we all need these resources for use as studio or classroom teaching materials, so we’ll be trying to incorporate relevant ideas to both teaching situations.

  • By joy Reply

    I think the games idea is wonderful. I don’t have the technology in my room – but maybe if I show the administration how cool this type of learning game is maybe they will “hook me up” with a white board.

    • By janice Reply

      Hi Joy- it would be great if you could get an interactive whiteboard or some other useful tools in your classroom as a result of more relevant games being published. We’ll keep you posted on our new future developments so that you can keep telling your admin staff about it. Hopefully you’ll get that whiteboard soon!

  • By Kathy Hester Reply

    That’s a good game. You might include some sound effects and have the computer say the answer is right or wrong without the student having to click on something – have it come up soon as the student lets up on the mouse after placing the note.

    I work mostly with beginners, some as young as 4 years old, so am always looking for games to help them learn in a fun way.

    How about something regarding steps and skips where they first place the notes and then have to name them. Or the computer has notes going up, down, or repeating and the student says what is going on. Then at a higher level the notes skip up or down and they need to name them. Then at higher levels the notes might move by a combo or steps and skips, and later still by larger intervals to help them read by intervals rather than always by note names.

    I made up a game where I have 4 sets of cards – note name, location, movement, and number of notes. In location I have high, middle, and low (location on the piano). Note name A,B,C,D,E,F,G. Number 2,3,4,5. Movement stepping up, stepping down, skipping up, skipping down, repeating, and the “wild” cards are moving up and moving down which means the student decides how to move by steps, skips or larger jumps and is allowed a combo but is still limited to the number they draw which is how many notes to play.

    Maybe my game will give you some ideas how to make something similar on the computer.

    Thanks for your work. I would love to try out anything you put out on beta, even the more advanced games, as my beginners will be advancing.

    • By janice Reply

      Thanks Kathy for that useful feedback. Sound effects are certainly something we will be looking at as the product becomes more developed, so we really appreciate getting your immediate feedback on this as it gives us some direction on what teachers are looking for in this area. So many products seem to have sound effects and noise for the sake of making it busy, so it’s going to be a careful balancing act, because we are also aware that sound effects can be distracting for teachers at times if they’re too loud and flamboyant all the time. However we’re also aware that appropriate sound effects and background music enhance our students motivation levels if done in tasteful ways. Your suggestion of sound effects to immediately give the student feedback is a great idea.
      I also loved your game. Step and skip games are great concepts to help younger children get a grasp of interval concepts without having to get too detailed. A game such as yours would be well worth exploring and looks like loads of fun for the children. I might post a blog about it in future and include your idea in it if that’s okay with you. Like with everything we do, if enough teachers need this then the idea could then be translated onto an interactive game.

  • By Trine Bolling Reply

    I am really excited about these games. Will there be a version compatible with Linux? Our school computers are run with Linux and it is not possible to run software for Windows on them. I would really like to use these games in the classroom. Thanks for your wonderful work!

    • By janice Reply

      Hi Trine,
      Yes, our aim in making these products is to make them usable in as many different operating systems (for computer lab use and individual computers which will be compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux users) and tools (such as interactive whiteboards) as possible. There should be no reason why it couldn’t be used on your school computers with Linux.
      Thanks for your feedback
      Janice

  • By Maire Reedy Reply

    Janice,

    I really like the sample game. I have another product that does well but is not as interesting as yours. I would love to hear the note sound as it is placed correctly on the staff to stimulate ear training. I agree that you need to be careful about how many sound effects you add, esp. in an institutional setting but feel the auditory connection of the note placed on the staff is essential.

    Also, how about adding a tab or button leading to a page where teachers could customize lessons, choosing exactly which notes, intervals, etc. to be studied in a specific lesson?

    Thanks again for all your hard work and the wonderful products you’ve produced.

    • By janice Reply

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for the feeback – I agree that it would be nice to have the sound played. Some of the games will definitely have some Aural – At this stage we’re unsure of how much aural to put in, and how much straight theory, as it would be a mess in a big computer lab with no headphones!

      Also we do plan to put in some teacher customizations, to allow for multiple levels of the same idea

  • By Carol Reply

    Would love to see a “timed” feature…students could challenge each other, and the teacher could actually use for quizzes and spot-checking!

    • By janice Reply

      Great idea Carol. Thanks for the feedback this would be a very useful feature indeed!

  • By Piano Teacher Reply

    Wow. Thanks for this post. I’ve suddenly become excited to know and learn those computer games that my students will surely love and enjoy. Thanks again for sharing that – your post is really very timely. I always feel glad whenever I encounter people who have the same passion and love for music like what I actually have. I also admire your efforts to share your bright ideas on music teaching and learning. I always believe in this: creativity and fun are necessary in education so as not to bore our students. Please keep on posting contents on some useful music teachers resources. Thanks again and more power. Have a nice weekend! Cheers!

  • By DJ Reply

    I would like to see a game for more advanced students to learn building chord inversions in all keys, including the ones with more sharps and flats, and also finding intervals in these keys.

    Also, with the idea that “melody is harmony in flight, first create a harmony using various common chord progressions (such as I-iv-IV-V-I) let them choose the key to create a chordal harmony and then compose a melody to “fly” over the harmony.

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