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Ultimate Music Education Worksheets and Games List

Whether you’re looking for fun classroom activities or resources for students to work on independently, this post has something for you. We’ve rounded up music education products from around the web to help you find the best options for your music students.

This roundup was created with the end of the school year and summer break in mind, but you’ll find many of these resources useful all year round.

Music Education Games
carnegie-hall-park-music-theory-game.jpgCarnegie Hall Park™ | Basic Skills Music Theory Board Game: Battle for a parking space while reviewing musical symbols and terms. Correct answers earn points, while wrong answers earn parking tickets. Blank question cards can be customized as well.

Pirate Quest™ | Basic Music Terms Game: Move through a pirate adventure by identifying musical terms while avoiding walking the plank

The Rhythm Store™ Game | Rhythm: Beats become currency as students make purchases and count out correct change. Knowing note values is a must in this retail-based game.

Classic memory matching games test kids’ note name knowledge while note-name-memory-game-tc.jpg challenging their memory:

Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Memory Game | Bass Clef Note Names
Memory Game | Treble and Bass Clef Note Names
Memory Game | Viola Clef Note Names

Online/ Interactive Games

The Piano Player Online Music Reading/ Note-Playing Challenge: With multiple difficulty levels, students can practice correlating notes on the staff to notes on a keyboard. A note is displayed, and students must identify it on an on-screen keyboard.

Musical Families Online Game: This Little Einsteins game through Disney Junior challenges kids to find the missing instruments in time for a concert.

Music Match Online Instrument Matching Game: This is a screen-based memory game where students search for pairs of instruments.

Music Match Online Composer Matching Game: In this online match game, students search for pairs of composers.

Classics for Kids Games: Composition, Rhythm Matching, and Note Name Online Games: The composing game allows kids to drag notes onto a staff and hear their compositions. The rhythm game has kids tap a rhythm on the space bar and gives immediate feedback. Finally, the note name game has students spell out words by correctly identifying note names.

Shiver Me Timbres Interactive Screen-Based Instrument Family Game: Kids can play this visual, interactive game on PowerPoint, Keynote, or PDF. When presented with an image, the player chooses a category and receives immediate feedback on their choice.

Music Flash Cards
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Flash cards are a great way to practice and solidify musical knowledge that needs to be rock solid. Note names and musical terms should become second nature to music students, and flash cards can help. Whether used in traditional drills or as part of flashcard races like Around the World, flash cards can provide the repetition necessary to commit music basics to memory.

 

Treble Clef Flashcards
Bass Clef Flashcards
Viola Clef Flashcards
Flash Frog™ Flash Cards | Music Symbols and Terms
Musicard Triads Online Chord Flash Cards
Musicards Key Signatures Online Flash Cards

Note Name Practice Worksheets

color-that-note-treble-clef-g-position.jpgThese sheets adds some color to note identification practice. Students choose a color to associate with each of the five notes in the position and then use the same color each time the note appears.

Color That Note! Worksheet Treble Clef/C Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/C Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Treble Clef/G Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/G Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/Middle C Position

I Thought That I Was Crazy Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef: Complete a poem using note names to fill in missing words.

lets-crossword-treble-clef (1).jpgCrossword Note Names Worksheets: Note names spell out the words in these crossword challenges.

Let’s Crossword! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
Let’s Crossword! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef

Code Breaker worksheets ask kids to decode messages by identifying note names. On code maker worksheets, students create their own codes by representing letters with their corresponding notes on the staff.codebreaker-treble-clef.jpg

CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef
CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef

M&M Challenge Note Name Worksheet Treble and Bass Clef: M & M candy pieces are both part of the worksheet and the reward. Staff paper is the perfect size for chocolate candies to be place on the staff to represent a requested note. Then, if the note is in the correct place, the music note becomes a sweet treat.

Name That Tune worksheets practice both note naming and listening. After notes have been named, a keyboard or xylophone can be used to try to name the tune.

Name That Tune! | Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
Name That Tune! | Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef
Name That Tune! | Note Name Worksheet Viola Clef

Interval  and Rhythm Practice Worksheets
Along with note names and musical terms, rhythms and intervals are two more skills that need to be rock solid.

intervals_two3rds.jpgThese free interval worksheets devote one worksheet to each interval type, introducing the interval and asking students to write in the second note to complete the interval.

Intervals! | Worksheet One (2nds)
Intervals! | Worksheet Two (3rds)
Intervals! | Worksheet Three (4ths)
Intervals! | Worksheet Four (5ths)
Ready, Set, Go! | Worksheet Five (Unison-Octave)

it-all-adds-up-worksheet-one.jpgIt All Adds Up! are free rhythm worksheets reminiscent of math speed drills. Presenting different note combinations as math equations prompts students to review note values again and again. The worksheets make a fun speed challenge for students who are getting to know the rhythmic values well.

It All Adds Up! | Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Three (Whole/Dotted Half/Half)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Four (Dotted Qtr/Quarter/Eighth)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Five (Quarter/Eighth/Sixteenth)

Summer Worksheets
original-1203244-1 (1).jpgAt this time of year, teachers and students alike have summer on the mind. These worksheets can be used in anticipation of summer or provided for summer activities that students can do on their own.
Summer Music Worksheets MegaPack
Music Fun in the Summer Sun Music Activities Ideas for Summer
Summer Color by Note

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7 Music Flashcards Sets for Kids

Flash cards are one of the simplest, most versatile learning tools available. Students can use flash cards on their own, in pairs, or with parents. They can also be incorporated into small group games like memory or large group games like Around the World. And, with digital print flash cards, you can print and laminate one sturdy classroom set, or print a set for every student to practice at home.

In a music class or lesson setting, there are plenty of concepts that lend themselves well to flash cards. We want students to be able to recognize musical symbols, note names, intervals, and note values automatically, and flash card practice is a great way to get there.

Note Name Flash Cards. Whether they are studying piano, an instrument, or just learning to read music, note names are one of the first things students need to master. They can drill note names away from the keyboard with printable note name flashcards, available for treble, bass, and viola clef.You can always start with a limited range of notes and add flashcards as students’ knowledge expands.

Get Treble Clef Flashcards     Get Bass Clef Flash Cards      Get Viola Clef Flash Cards

           
Contents: Each set includes 17 cards with note images and an answer key
(4-page digital download)

Music Symbols and Terms Flash Cards. Beyond note names, there is much to learn in the language of music. This flash card set includes note names, note values, dynamic markings, rests, sharps, flats, and more. This set also includes an answer card for each flash card so that the cards can also be used for a memory or matching game.

Get Flash Frog™ Flash Cards | Music Symbols and Terms

Contents:
35 Frog music symbol/ term cards
35 Lily pad answer cards
(12-page digital download)

Orchestra Instrument Flash Cards. Many music classes include a unit on orchestra instruments or musical instrument families. This flashcard bundle includes images of musical instruments from the woodwind, string, brass, and percussion families, and the sets can be used separately or combined.

Get Orchestra Instrument Flash Cards
Orchestra Instrument Flash Cards Bundle
Contents:
44 flash cards (color and B&W)
Matching game for all 44 instruments
Percussion sorting game (sort based on how the sound is made)
Idea Sheets – some extra ideas for using flash cards!
(95-page digital download)

Intervals Flash Cards. Recognizing intervals quickly is a helpful skill for sight reading as well as accurate playing or singing. This cute and colorful flashcard set provides practice in naming both ascending and descending intervals. As with most sets, the card set can be limited or expanded to fit students’ learning pace.

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Intervals Flash Cards: Penguintervals!
Contents: 92 intervals notated on the staff (2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 7ths, and octaves both ascending and descending) as well as 42 number intervals (the actual words “2nd”, “3rd”, etc.) are included, plus one blank staff set that students can use for interval notation. (24-page digital download)

Interactive Rhythm Flashcard Bundle. Our last flashcard set deviates from the traditional paper flashcard patter. These PowerPoint slides can be projected on a classroom interactive board or displayed on a computer for individuals/ smaller groups. These interactive flash cards help students practice reading various rhythms, as students clap, tap, or play the rhythms on screen.

Get Interactive Rhythm Flashcard Bundle
Interactive Rhythm Flash Cards (Bundle Set)
Contents: PowerPoint Presentation
(83-page digital download)

No matter what skill you music students need to review, there are probably music flash cards that can help! Equip them with the tools they need to master the material and lay a strong foundation of musical knowledge.

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4 Music Theory Games for Kids (Digital Print)

Whether you teach music in a classroom, in private lessons, or in a homeschool setting, your students need a solid understanding of music theory terminology, symbols, and note names. Make practicing and reviewing fun with printable music theory games. These games can be used as part of a reward/ fun day, unit review, take-home practice, or any other time you want to engage students in practicing basic music theory terms. And, with unlimited prints for your own use, you can print enough sets for a whole classroom if needed. Some of the games can even be customized by adding your own terms or questions to be reviewed.

1. Carnegie Hall Park. Players collect points by identifying musical terms such as dynamic markings, time signatures, note names, rests and tempo terms while avoiding parking tickets. You provide the toy cars, and this printable game set provides everything else you need for a fun review of music theory basics.

Get Carnegie Hall Park™ | Basic Skills Music Theory Board Game


Contents
Printable Game Board (Two Pages)
Instruction Sheet
24 Playing Cards
3 Parking Tickets
9 Score Cards
9 Blank Cards (For You to Add Terms and Symbols)

2. Pirate Quest. Players work their way along an adventurous path by correctly answering basic music theory questions. Review music symbols, tempo markings, note values, time signatures, and whatever other questions you’d like to add. Walk the plank cards for incorrect answers raise the stakes.

Get Pirate Quest™ | Basic Music Terms Game


Contents
30 Basic Music Term Cards
9 “Walk the Plank” Cards
Game Board
Musical Term Answer Sheet
Instructions

3. The Rhythm Store. Solidify your students’ understanding of note values with this interactive game. Beats become currency in The Rhythm Store, and students must combine note values and make change to come up with correct change to make a purchase. Student shoppers will have fun while thinking about note values from a fresh perspective.

Get The Rhythm Store™ Game | Rhythm


Contents
17 Rhythm Cards
9 Price Tag Cards
Game Instructions

4. Memory. This classic memory matching game is easy to make, easy to set up, and easy to explain, but still provides valuable note name practice and friendly competition for your students. Choose from treble clef, bass clef, treble and bass clef combined, or viola clef.

Get Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Get Memory Game | Bass Clef Note Names
Get Memory Game | Treble and Bass Clef Note Names
Get Memory Game | Viola Clef Note Names


Contents
Cards
Answer Key

Students don’t usually request extra music theory practice, but if it means playing any of these games, that just may change.
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Secret Agent Free Music Note Name Worksheets

There’s no such thing as too much practice when it comes to note names. Repeated review can get dull if it lacks variety, though. If you need a fresh way for students to review bass clef and treble clef note names, CodeBreaker and CodeMaker free music worksheets can help.

CodeBreaker worksheets use note names to spell out a secret message. Only students who know their note names will be able to crack the code.

Get CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
Get CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef


One page free PDF digital download printable (free)

Students who are pros at breaking the note-name code are ready for a new challenge: writing the coded messages themselves. With the CodeMaker worksheets, kids use their note name expertise to create a secret message using the letters A-G. They can then exchange and decode each other’s messages for more fun (and more practice). This activity can also be used more than once, as students can create countless coded messages.

Get CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
Get CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef


One page PDF digital download printable (free)

If you or your students need a break from drilling note names, try going undercover and breaking (or making) the note-name code. These worksheets offer a change of pace in your music class, piano lesson, or instrumental lesson, and they are ready to use immediately.  They also give students a feeling of expertise as their note-name knowledge allows them to solve and create the puzzles. Having fun while practicing note names? Mission accomplished.

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10 Music Theory Worksheets and Games for Kids

Those of us charged with teaching music theory basics have a big job. The concepts we teach are the starting points for our kids’ musical education. Whether they go on to sing, take piano lessons, play a musical instrument, or compose, they won’t go far without a solid grasp of music theory. Building a strong  music theory foundation requires a mixture of facts and fun. Solid teaching and frequent review are essential, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Below you will find ten resources for teaching and practicing music theory basis. They include both worksheets and games to make the content both clear and enjoyable for kids.

Color That Note | Note Name Worksheets
Bring some color into note identification! Students create a color key at the top and identify like notes with like colors. This activity works well early in the note name learning process.

Get Color That Note! Worksheet Treble Clef/C Position
Get Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/C Position
Get Color That Note! Worksheet Treble Clef/G Position
Get Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/G Position

Note Name Flash Cards
Perfect for individual practice, partner work, or classroom flashcard races such as “Around the World,” these clear, simple flashcards will be used again and again. These flashcards are also a part of the Ultimate Music Theory Pack for Kids below, so if you are interested in these, check out the whole bundle.

Get Treble Clef Flashcards
Get Bass Clef Flashcards

Music Bingo Bundle | Note Names, Rhythms, Symbols, Terms, and More
The classic BINGO game gets a musical twist in this bundle by Brian Ninjas. Ten different games, each focusing on a different music theory concept, are ready to print and play. Those who teach a wide range of grade levels will be glad to learn that the set includes games appropriate for grades 1-9.

Music Bundle Bingo Games

Codemaker Note Name Worksheets
Students who know their note names will be able to crack the musical code and decipher the secret messages.

Get CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef
Get CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef

Note Value/ Rhythm Worksheets
Students learn and practice the relationships among note values as they add up note values like they would in math class. Different worksheet options are available depending on which rhythms students are familiar with.

Get It All Adds Up! | Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter)
Get It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth)
Get It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Three (Whole/Dotted Half/Half)
Get It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Four (Dotted Qtr/Quarter/Eighth)
Get It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Five (Quarter/Eighth/Sixteenth)

Popsicle Stick Rhythm Games
This four-star product from Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room features ten different rhythm games that are great for centers, small groups, and more. Many games also include worksheets related to the concept the game reviews.

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Popsicle Stick Rhythm Games

The Rhythm Store Game
Music notes become currency as students count the cost of various items in note values, make change, and solidify their understanding of note values.

Get The Rhythm Store™ Game | Rhythm

Interval Worksheets
With one sheet addressing each interval, students can practice seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths individually. Then, they can put their knowledge to the test with the Ready, Set, Go timed interval identification challenge.

Get Intervals! | Worksheet One (2nds)
Get Intervals! | Worksheet Two (3rds)
Get Intervals! | Worksheet Three (4ths)
Get Intervals! | Worksheet Four (5ths)
Get Ready, Set, Go! | Worksheet Five

Music Theory Unit: Note Values and Rhythms
This unit bundle from Sing Play Creatively focuses on note values with “I can” statements and provides rhythm practice suitable for grades 2-5. With 214 pages of activities, teacher instructions, printables, you are sure to find plenty of useful materials!

Get Music Theory Note Value and Rhythm Bundle

Music Theory Note Values with I Can's, Rhythm Practice Lev

Theory Flashcard & Game Bundle
With multiple flashcard sets and four different music theory games, this bundle will keep your students engaged while practicing various music theory basics

Get Ultimate Music Theory Pack for Kids | Flash Cards and Games

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Note Value Game │The Rhythm Store

Whether teaching students to sing, play the piano, read music, or play any other musical instrument, there’s one basic skill music students need to master: note values. Rhythms need to be second nature to students. That’s why there’s no such thing as too much practice. The Rhythm Store Game provides a fun way for students to review note values away from the piano or music book. Using rhythm cards as currency, the students count the cost of pre-priced items in beats as they “shop” the store you’ve set up.

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Contents
17 Rhythm Cards
9 Price Tag Cards
1 Instruction Sheet
(PDF Download, 5 pages, Making Music Fun!)

This game can be played in a home environment or in a classroom. The instructor’s role is to set up shop by selecting items for students to “buy” with their rhythm cards. At home, this may mean finding toys or other fun items from around the house. At school, students may shop for small, inexpensive prizes, snacks, or coupons for classroom privileges. Use the game’s price tags to assign each item’s cost in beats.

Students then receive their shopping money in the form of rhythm cards. It’s their job to calculate the number of beats represented by the notes on their cards and decide which items to buy. Exact change is required, so students need to know exactly how many beats each of their rhythm cards represents. It also adds the challenge of “breaking” larger valued rhythm cards for the equivalent number of beats in smaller valued notes.

You are free to print as many copies as needed, which means that you can set up a store large enough for a whole classroom or multiple smaller stores. You might even try employing students as cashiers. However you choose to use it, The Rhythm Store game will help your students will look at rhythms in a new way, and have fun doing it.

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