Picking Great Action Songs for your Educational Music Games

Teaching music to children can be a very challenging task since kids have very short attention span. If children in your class are bored they will quickly get fidgety and disruptive to the rest of the class. If you use your creativity in music classesRead more…

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 – 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 – 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…

Making a lesson plan fun for young music students

If you’ve been a teacher of young children’s classes you’ll know one very important thing: you always need have a lesson plan. That is, if you want to end the day in a positive frame of mind! A lesson plan doesn’t have to be complex,Read more…

Using Computer games to learn music?

Remember old fashioned piano lessons? Where you had to go to Mrs Jones’s house and sit up straight on the stool, and play the right notes or you’d get a swift ruler tap on the back of the knuckles? Well thankfully times have changed, andRead more…

Classroom Music Game – Moving To Musical Notation

I tried something different with my beginners a while ago – ages 7 – 8yrs and they enjoyed it. I drew semibreves, minims, dotted minims, crothchets and crotchet rests on the board in random order. They had to walk forward a step and count 4Read more…

Classroom Music Games – Dice Rhythm Game

Find some small round tokens, about the size of a large coin. On each token draw or print a combination of notes…i.e. 3 quarter notes, a whole note, a dotted half plus a whole…any combination up to a value of 10. Create approximately 50 tokens,Read more…

Teaching the Cello and Double bass in the music classroom

Here are a few simple classroom games you can play to help your students learn about the cello and double bass in the music classroom. Learning about the parts of the instruments is easy if you play this game: play Pin the Parts on theRead more…