I had a wonderful extended weekend in Michigan, giving my presentations and spending time with my family! Now I’m busy back at work, playing catch-up. :) However, I do have a little game I’d like to share with you today.
I am not the original inventor of this game, I’m sure — but in case you haven’t seen it before, here’s how to play this keyboard game with your beginner students!
I call this game “The Amazing Keyboard Race.” It’s a great game for beginners who need more practice remembering the letter names of the piano keys. It works well both in private piano lessons and in group classes.
- Game pieces — enough for as many players that will be playing. You can use colored glass gems, buttons, erasers, etc.
- A random way to choose a letter of the musical alphabet. E.g., musical alphabet cards, a spinner, dice, or Musical AlphaGems.
- Piano keyboard or a Silent Mini Keyboard.
- All game pieces start on the left side of the keyboard.
- On each player’s turn, they must randomly choose a letter of the musical alphabet (via flashcard, spinner, etc.). Let’s suppose the first player gets an “A.” They must move their game piece to across the keyboard to the next “A.” If a player incorrectly identifies a key or goes to the next octave instead of finding the very next “A,” they lose their turn.
- Continue play by taking turns. Game play ends when a player reaches the end of the keyboard!
- Once students are comfortable finding the piano keys when moving from left to right on the keyboard, make the game harder by making the gameplay start on the right side of the keyboard and go towards the left.
- This game is also perfect with students who have learned about sharps and flats. Just add accidental flashcards or an accidental die to the game, so the possibilities include both black and white keys.
I created a ready-to-print pdf of the instructions above, if you are interested in downloading it. Just visit the Printables > Games page and scroll down to the T’s for “The Amazing Keyboard Race game.” Enjoy!