Ice Cream Keyboard Matching Game

Ahh, more procrastination. My student teacher has some primer students who need a little more practice identifying notes on the keyboard. So, here is a yummy game to play to help learn those notes. Cut each ice cream scoop from the cone, and have students match them back up. There are 3 sets of ice cream cones, so each key gets to be on the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry scoop. These could also be easily mounted to a file folder, making a cute folder game.

Ice Cream Key NamesIce Cream Keyboard Matching Game





Keyboard Pentascale and Triad Cards

These are the result of some serious procrastinating on my part. I really need to finish a pile of stuff before a soon-to-come deadline, so I did these instead. The triads and pentascales are shown on keyboards. These can be used for simple identification, or print 2 copies for matching games. I made small cards for individuals as well as full page cards that can be used for large groups.

Keyboard Pentascales

Major Pentascale Flashcards – 4 to a Page

Major Pentascale Flashcards – Full Page

Keyboard Major Triads

Major Triad Flashcards – 4 to a page
Major Triad Flashcards – Full page

Color Coded Landmark Interval Cards

This idea came from Cecilly, one of the most creative, inspirational piano teachers out there. The flashcards have all of the landmark notes, followed by a 2nd’s and 3rd’s above and below.  They are color coded as well – the bass landmarks are green and the treble are blue.  The cards are rather large – 2 cards per page, so they work will with group classes as well.  I printed mine front and back on heavy card stock.

To print these 4 cards to a page, do the following:
1. Click on Print
2. Go to Page Scaling
3. Choose Print Multiple Pages Per Sheet
4. Put a 2 in the box for number of pages per sheet
5. You’ll get a nice preview of what it will look like
6. Push the print button, and you’re done!

Color Coded Landmark Interval CardsColor Coded Landmark Interval Cards




Tic -Tac-Toe Game and Variations

These are the first of the soon-to-be many tic-tac-toe variations. I love the idea of using tic-tac-toe instead of Bingo cards, since it is much faster to get through a game. Perfect for an off the bench activity during a lesson. There are 12 different cards in each set, making them ideal for group or individual lessons.

Directions for Tic-Tac-Toe (2 players)

  1. Print out the cards
  2. Print 2 copies of the last page (the answer cards,) each on a different color of paper. Green and blue, for example.
  3. Give each student a set of the colored answer cards. Two students play on the same “master board.”
  4. All of the answer cards are face up. Student #1 picks a green answer card and places it on the corresponding square. Student #2 picks a blue answer square and places it on the square. Continue in this manner until one of the students has three in a row of their color.


  1. Play the same way with the answer cards face down. If a student picked one that their opponent already had on the game board, they would just draw again. This would make it more random.
  2. Play like a traditional Bingo game, with each student having their own card and bingo chips. The teacher has the “answer” cards and calls out the notes. This is a good alternative to a bingo game with 25 squares, because it can be played much faster.

Thanks to Sharon for this great idea!

Tic-Tac-ToeLandmark Tic-Tac-Toe
Middle C Position Tic-Tac-Toe
Note Name Tic-Tac-Toe (Low C to High C)
Key Signature Tic-Tac-Toe

Interval Cards

Here is a set of 30 interval cards. There are cards with 3, 4, and 5 notes on a staff. There are no clef signs, so cards can be used right side up and upside down. This came from Mary Gae George’s Teaching Music Note Notes DVD. She has students look at the cards for a few seconds. She then takes the card away, and students tell her how many notes, say the interval size and direction in rhythm, then all possible finger number combinations the notes can be played with. Thanks to Gail from for this great idea!

Interval CardsInterval Cards





Trophy Chart

Trophy ChartThe trophy chart was my studio incentive last year, and since it was such a big hit, I am doing it again. Students earn points for each day practicing, telling me the fact of the week for the composer of the month, learning scales and technique, memorizing, composing, participating in the local MTA events, etc.For every 25 points, the students get a sticker on the chart. When they get to the top line of a color, they earn a trophy that is the same height. Students love to watch their trophies “grow” throughout the year, and they can see how tall the trophy actually is. As an added bonus, although students are only competing against themselves, there is huge motivation in seeing how their progress rates against the other students in the studio.

I print 2 copies of the chart, then cut and tape them together for the finished product.

I order the trophies from Crown Awards – great prices, products, customer service, and fast shipping.

Hershey Kiss Game

Hershey Kiss GameI am convinced that one can not learn to play the piano without chocolate. Well, maybe you can, but it isn’t nearly as tasty! For this game, I get out the deck of note flashcards. Instead of simply naming the notes, the student also puts a Hershey Kiss on the correct piano key. After they are finished with the game, they get to have some kisses to eat. This student was a bit bummed, though, because I wouldn’t let her have all the kisses on the piano!

Magic Potion Game

This was a game I found on the internet that I modified to work for piano lessons. You can do it for an individual, but as it takes a bit of prep work, it is probably best in a group setting.


First, hang 6 rhythms on the wall. They need to be different colors, so I hung them on some balloon pictures I already had.



Potion PrepNext, fill 6 glasses with water, and 2 with vinegar. Place a spoon next to each cup. On the 6 spoons next to a glass of water, put a drop or two of food coloring to make the following colors: red, yellow, blue, orange, green, and purple. On the 2 spoons next to the vinegar, put no food coloring. Heap baking soda on each spoon.


Now, have a student pick a spoon, and mix it in the glass beside it. If the water turns purple, they clap the purple rhythm, and so on for whatever color the water becomes.




Small Magic

If they mix one of the spoons with the vinegar, they have discovered the “Magic Potion.” They clap any rhythm, and the other students, or teacher if playing with one student, identifies which rhythm was clapped.



All Potions

Keep going until all of the “potions” are mixed.




Lesson Assignment Pages Set 2

Another set of assignment pages for the new year. This set consists of 4 pages of 12 various composers, enough for the whole year. Composers are Copland, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Kuhlau, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Ravel, Liszt, Telemann, Clementi, the Sherman Brothers, and Jeff Moss of Rubber Duckie fame.

Lesson Assignment Pages Set 2

Lesson Assignment Pages Set 2




Tempo Speedometer

I made something like this years ago when I was teaching general music. After making the speedometers, we listened to music of various tempi. The students pointed the arrow that they felt best fit the music. The kids really enjoyed this project, and it worked for students of all age levels.

I should use this at the piano, and give students “speeding tickets” when the speedometer inches higher than the tempo indicated in the music!

Tempo SpeedometerTempo Speedometer With Definitions

Tempo Speedometer – No Definitions