A Music Spelling Bee!

Looking for a fun game to play with a group of students that will also help them work on note identification? Try having a spelling bee! Here’s how it works:

1. Divide the students into two or more groups.
2. Give each group a set of flashcards with notes on the staff (make sure the answer isn’t on the back! Click on these links for a perfectly suited set you can print and use: Page One, Page Two, Page Three. These are a wonderful creation designed by Flo of Pianimals.)
3. Directions to students: when a word is called from the list, they must arrange the flashcards in the correct order to spell the word and stand facing you so that you can “read” the word from left to right. Once they are arranged in the correct order, they must ding a bell or give some other signal to indicate that they are done.
4. Call out one of the words. (Below is a list of words that can be spelled using only the letters in the musical alphabet.)
5. Each team that arranges the notes correctly gets one point. The team to spell the word first gets one additional point. The team with the most points at the end wins!
6. Have fun!

Musical Alphabet Words
(click here to download a printable version of this list.)

A

ace

adage

age

aged


B

babe

bad

bade

badge

bag

baggage

bead

bed

bee

beef

beg


C

cab

cabbage

cad

cafe

cage

D

dab

dabbed

dad

dead

deaf

decade

E

edge

egg

F

façade

face

fad

fade

fed

feed

G

gab

gag

gage

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7 thoughts on “A Music Spelling Bee!

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  2. Thank you for the free download! I’m using this for my “Valentine” theme using hearts for notes. And the spelling of the words you gave me were perfect. My brain couldn’t think of all the ones you listed!!

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  4. Great list! Thanks. I added a few more to my list, plus a word my students made up, eggface, (and its past tense form, eggfaced).

    A
    ace
    aced
    adage
    add
    added
    age
    aged

    B
    babe
    bad
    bade
    badge
    bag
    baggage
    bagged
    bead
    beaded
    bed
    bedded
    bee
    beef
    beefed
    beg
    begged

    C
    cab
    cabbage
    cabbed
    cad
    café
    cage
    caged

    D
    dab
    dabbed
    dad
    dead
    deaf
    decade

    E
    edge
    edged
    egg
    egged
    eggface
    eggfaced

    F
    façade
    face
    faced
    fad
    fade
    faded
    fed
    feed

    G
    gab
    gabbed
    gag
    gagged
    gage
    gaged

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