Printable Musical Dice

Just added to the Printables > Other Resources page: Musical Dice!

This is one of the projects I was working on over Christmas break!  I’m happy to now have it finished and posted.  =)

Here’s what the PDF contains:

  1. Basic Accidentals (6-sided dice) | This die allows for three possible rolls: sharp, flat, and natural.
  2. Basic Intervals Unison-3rd (6-sided dice) | This die allows for three possible rolls: unison, second, and third.
  3. Intervals Unison-8va (8-sided dice) | This die allows for eight possible rolls: unison, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8va.
  4. Basic Rhythmic Values (8-sided dice) | This die allows for four possible rolls: quarter note, half note, dotted-half note, and whole note.
  5. Advanced Rhythmic Values (8-sided dice) | This die has eight different sides: four sixteenth notes, two eighth notes, a quarter note, a half note, a dotted-half note, a whole note, a dotted half note + a half note, and a half note + a whole note.  Because the possible rhythmic values on this die are worth between 1 and 6 beats, this die can be used to replace a standard 6-sided die.
  6. Triad Qualities (8-sided dice) | This die has four possible rolls: major, minor, augmented, and diminished qualities for triads.
  7. Musical Alphabet (8-sided dice) | This die has eight possible rolls: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and WILD.
  8. Advanced Intervals PU-P8 (12-sided dice) | This die has twelve possible rolls: PU, m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, P5, m6, M6, m7, M7, and P8.
  9. Solefege (8-sided dice) | This die has eight possible rolls: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, and WILD.
  10. Keys (12-sided dice) | This die has twelve possible rolls: C, Db/C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, Ab, A, Bb, B/Cb.

Instructions: Print these dice pdfs onto cardstock paper (color optional – might be nice to help tell apart the different dice), cut out, fold the edges, and assemble using tape.  Putting together these dice may take a little time and patience.  Don’t try to tackle those 12-sided dice until after you’ve had some practice with the eight-sided ones!

Here are two quick examples of how you can use these musical dice for a planned or spur-of-the-moment game with your students:

  • In a game that involves a standard die, try replacing it with the Advanced Rhythmic Values die (page 5) to add an extra twist to the game!  Students must determine the number of beats the rhythmic value is worth in order to determine what number they have rolled.
  • Test your beginner/elementary students’ ability to find the keys on the piano during a private lesson by combining the Basic Accidentals die (p. 1) with the Musical Alphabet die (p. 7).  The student rolls the two dice and must find the correct key on the piano.
  • Review scales, arpeggios, and cadences with advanced students by rolling the 12-sided Keys die (page 9).

There are many, many fun ways these dice can be used during group games or private lessons with students.  I hope to eventually share some more examples of games that utilize them — but in the meantime, if you come up with games to play using these dice please share them in the comments!   I’m excited to hear what you come up with.

And if you have requests/ideas for more musical dice, please let me know!

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Joy Morin is a piano teacher in northwest Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Posted 7 February 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try these once my ink refill comes! Thanks for posting.

  2. Posted 10 February 2011 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Wonderful idea ! Congrats for your website. I was wondering if it’s possible to make the “key-dice” in french, with “do, ré, mi…” for my students in Paris. Do you have a “blank” version of the pattern that i could fill in with french keys ? Thank you !

  3. Posted 18 March 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff. Would love to have one with dynamics (pp,p,mp,mf, ff). Would also use the solfege one.

  4. Posted 22 May 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just added the solfege die, as well as blank templates so you can create your own designs. :)

  5. Curtis
    Posted 2 March 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Very cool BUT where is this PDF file???

  6. Curtis
    Posted 2 March 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Sorry…got it!

  7. Cindy
    Posted 5 April 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Just want to thank you for the dice. I use so much of your stuff, I have used the rhythm dice, but not the other dice yet until this past group lessons with my advanced students. I used the 8 sided interval dice and the 12 sided keys dice along with The Fishy Intervals laminated sheets from “Piano Discoveries” The students rolled both dice then raced to see who could write all the intervals on the correct Fishy Interval page (MmdA on the one for 2, 3,6,7 or PdA on the one for Prime, 4, 5) with their dry erase markers. First they had to go up from the starting key shown on the dice, then after a couple of rounds they had to go down which was much more difficult. They loved it and didn’t want to quit! So simple, entertaining, yet really making them think and learn their intervals.

  8. Eden Brownfield
    Posted 24 September 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering where the pdf is? I can’t find it! Would love to have it though!

    • Posted 25 September 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Check out the first line of the post again — you need to visit the Printables > Other Resources page and then scroll down to “Music Dice.”

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