Being able to read notes on the staff intervallically is crucial for sight-reading. I like to tell my students that reading music is at least 80% interval reading, and only 20% note identification. To help my students learn to identify intervals quickly upon sight, I created the Ice Cream Interval game.
When you purchase the Ice Cream Interval Game pdf from the Shop, you will receive a pdf with 60 different ice cream scoops, the ice cream cones printed “Unison” through “Octave,” and 4 blank ice cream cones. The pdf also includes instructions for two different games to play.
The first game is simply to identify the interval on each ice cream scoop by placing it on the correct cone. This game can be played with one player during a private lesson or in the waiting room area, or it can be played non-competitively with a group of students. The students can either take turns identifying intervals, or they can simultaneously sort the intervals until the cards are gone. Watch a video of this activity during a piano lesson here.
The second game is a competitive game for a group of students. Each student receives a blank ice cream cone. On their turn, they must draw a scoop card and identify the interval. If the student answers correctly (the other students may check his/her answer), they may add the scoop to their cone. If s/he answer incorrectly, the scoop goes to the bottom of the pile and the student loses their turn. At the end of the game (after an allotted amount of time or when the scoop pile is gone), the player with the most scoops on their cone is the winner.
If your student has only learned the smaller intervals, you can sort out the appropriate cards in advance.
You can download a freebie sample of the Ice Cream Intervals game on the Printables > Games page, by scrolling down to the I’s for Ice Cream Intervals game. It’s perfect for preschoolers or other young beginners, because the scoops are limited to 2nds and 3rds on the keyboard.
You can purchase and download the full edition of Ice Cream Interval game by clicking the Purchase button below. I recommending printing the PDF onto sturdy cardstock paper (lamination optional). Cutting out all the ice cream scoops will take some time, so I recommend watching in a good movie while you cut. :) Enjoy!
Ice Cream Intervals – Extension Pack
New! Introducing the Extension Pack, which nearly doubles the amount of ice cream scoops by providing 48 harmonic (blocked) intervals to add the original melodic (broken) intervals. The intervals in the Extension Pack range from “2nd” to “octave.” Please note that no cones are provided in the Extension Pack, so you won’t want to purchase it unless you also have the original Ice Cream Intervals game.