Links Galore for Music Games, Quizzes and Activities!

This year, the theme for my studio is Mastering the Mystery of Music. I was planning to develop a full-fledged computer lab for my students, but decided to start with something a little less formal and see how it goes for the first year. I’m giving each student the option of signing up for 15 minutes of computer lab time either before or after their lesson. At their lesson each week, I’ll assign them some specific music activities, games or worksheets from the list I’ve compiled below that will correspond to whatever mastery challenges they’ve decided to work toward that week. (Each week, they may choose two or more mastery challenges from lists I’ve put together in the front of their assignment books. It’s all part of this year’s incentive plan, which I hope to make available along with my other practice incentive programs early next summer.)

I’ve scoured the Internet to compile this list of specific music activities and games that relate to certain areas, but I would love to know what other sites you use with your students! (You can also click here to download this list as a clickable link pdf file.)

STAFF SCOUT
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/noteNames.html – name notes on staff
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/speedNoteNames.html – name notes on staff before they disappear!
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/pianoKeys.html – click corresponding key on piano
http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id82_en.html – name notes on staff
http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id80_en.html – name keys on piano
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/read.htm – click corresponding key on piano
http://www.pedaplus.com/flash_notes_2.0.html – advance through levels of difficulty by correctly identifying the notes on the staff
http://www.practicespot.com/theorycenter.phtml?cat=4 – worksheets to help improve note identification
http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com/Game%20pages/PageTurnerLetterNames/Treble%20spaces/PgTurnLettersTrebleSpaces-Practice.htm – identify F-A-C-E in the treble clef
http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com/Free%20Game%20Pages/FREEKeybdTrebCDEFGpractice.htm – identify C-D-E-F-G in the treble clef and play on piano

SCALE SLEUTH

http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/scales.html – arrange notes to construct the specified scale in the treble clef
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/scalesBass.html – arrange notes to construct the specified scale in the bass clef
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/sc.htm – arrange notes to construct the specified scale
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/si.htm – identify the scale you see on the staff
http://www.practicespot.com/theorycenter.phtml?cat=10 – worksheets to help improve scale knowledge

CHORD COMMANDER

http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/chords.html – build the specified scale in the treble clef
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/chordsBass.html – build the specified scale in the bass clef
http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id85_en.html – identify the quality of the chord you see
http://www.practicespot.com/theorycenter.phtml?cat=6 – worksheets to help improve chord knowledge

RHYTHM RECON
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/rhythmPerf.html – click the mouse in time with the metronome to “play” the rhythm pattern that is displayed
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/rhythmDict.html – listen to a rhythm pattern and then arrange the note values in the correct order
http://sites.google.com/a/wendyspianostudio.com/wendys-piano-studio/teaching-resources/music-progression-rhythms – practice rhythm drills according to the Music Progressions levels

TERMINOLOGY TRAINER

http://www.ptg.org/hangman/hangman.php – a fun hangman game with familiar music terms
http://www.ptg.org/justForFun-concentrationNotes.php – a fun concentration/memory game with musical symbols
http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/ – multimedia music dictionary with audio pronunciation guide

LISTENING LIEUTENANT

http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id90_en.html – identify intervals by ear
http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id91_en.html – identify scales by ear
http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id92_en.html – identify chords by ear
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ritmo-ear.htm – rhythmic dictation
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ie.htm – identify intervals by ear
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/se.htm – identify scales by ear
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/c3e.htm – identify chords by ear
http://www.pedaplus.com/flash/2_note_practice.html – play back the two notes your hear – PRACTICE
http://www.pedaplus.com/flash/2_intervals.html – play back the two notes you hear – GAME!
http://www.pedaplus.com/flash/3_note_practice.html – play back the three notes you hear – PRACTICE
http://www.pedaplus.com/flash/3_intervals.html – Play back the three notes you hear – GAME!
http://www.pedaplus.com/flash/tutorials/sound_card_template.html – identify harmonic intervals
http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com/Free%20Game%20Pages/FREESongBirdsDR-Practice.htm – click on song birds to play back a melodic pattern
http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com/Free%20Game%20Pages/FREETumbleTriadsMaMiPractice.htm – identify chords as Major or minor
http://www.ossmann.com/bigears/ – identify intervals by ear

KEY SIGNATURE SPECIALIST
http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/keySignatures.html – identify the key signature you see
http://www.musictheory.net/trainers/html/id83_en.html – identify the key signature you see
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/kc.htm – add sharps or flats to form the correct key signature
http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ki.htm – identify the key signature you see
http://www.practicespot.com/theorycenter.phtml?cat=8 – worksheets to help drill key signatures
http://musicmattersblog.com/2006/07/31/circle-of-5ths-worksheets/ – circle of 5ths worksheets to print out

COMPOSERS
http://classicsforkids.com/shows/thisweek.asp – short on-line radio programs about different composers with accompanying worksheets that can be printed out
http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/greatcomposers/ – timeline, pictures and biographies of some of the great composers
http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/activitiesgames/games/popNameComposer.html – a short quiz to test your knowledge of different composers

INSTRUMENTS

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/takomaparkms/academics/cs/grade8projects/learnaboutmusic/sections.html – learn about different instruments in the symphony orchestra
http://www.sfskids.org/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3 – fun, interactive way to learn about the instruments of the symphony orchestra
http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/instrumentlab/ – view and listen to virtual instruments
http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/activitiesgames/games/popNameInstrument.html – a short quiz to test how well you recognize the sound of different instruments
http://www.swentelomania.be/ancient/framese.html – fascinating information about ancient instruments

FUN EXTRAS
http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/activitiesgames/games/popComposeMusic.html – drag and drop notes on the staff to form a short, simple composition

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