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:
- Basic Accidentals (6-sided dice) | This die allows for three possible rolls: sharp, flat, and natural.
- Basic Intervals Unison-3rd (6-sided dice) | This die allows for three possible rolls: unison, second, and third.
- Intervals Unison-8va (8-sided dice) | This die allows for eight possible rolls: unison, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8va.
- Basic Rhythmic Values (8-sided dice) | This die allows for four possible rolls: quarter note, half note, dotted-half note, and whole note.
- 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.
- Triad Qualities (8-sided dice) | This die has four possible rolls: major, minor, augmented, and diminished qualities for triads.
- Musical Alphabet (8-sided dice) | This die has eight possible rolls: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and WILD.
- 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.
- Solefege (8-sided dice) | This die has eight possible rolls: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, and WILD.
- 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!