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Do you know that playing games when learning to read and write music notes, is one of the best ways to reinforce what your child is learning?

Playing note reading games is not only for young kids, but will also help older kids get the hang of reading notes, become faster and more accurate at it and most importantly, they will love it because it is fun and not simply shy away thinking that it is too tedious. 

Here are four really easy games, you can play with your kids irrespective of their age. 

All you need is a few pebbles, colourful buttons or anything similar as well as a pen and paper or pre-printed music note flashcards (if you have access to them). 

So here goes. 


Reading Music Notes – Game 1

Draw the treble/bass staff on a paper/white board (if you have one) and then draw a single note and ask your child to play it on the piano. 

That’s it. Keep repeating this exercise with different notes in both clefs. 

If you have flashcards you can use flashcards instead of writing the notes.


Reading Music Notes – Game 2

Now let’s reverse Game 1. 

You, play the note on the keyboard and ask your child write the note on the paper. 

Make sure he/she draws the stave, correctly writes the clef and then the note. 

Rinse and repeat until you’ve covered as many notes as possible in both clefs. 

If you are using flashcards, you can have your child find and hold up the correct flashcard to correspond with the note you played. 


Reading Music Notes – Game 3

Leave pebbles/buttons on a few notes on the keyboard and have your child write the notes in order. Make sure the stave is drawn and the correct clefs are accurately written. 

If you are using flashcards, ask your child to keep the corresponding flashcard on the keyboard right on top of the note. 


Reading Music Notes – Game 4

Now let’s make this more complex. Write three notes in any clef and ask your child to play them consecutively. 

If you are using flashcards, keep three flashcards in order and ask your child to read and play the notes consecutively. 


You can play all four games on a single day, or you can play a different game each day. 

Either way it is important to ensure that you continue to play these games until you have reinforced the concepts learned and your child is able to accurately and quickly read notes. 

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Karen Cadera

Karen Cadera


Mom, Teacher, Minimalist, Zero Waste Enthusiast, Multi Pod.

My daughter loved the games, but there were also worksheets and videos. The weekly lesson plans were complete, and I never questioned what I should be doing next.

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