Music Theory Games
Make Learning Fun!
Music theory games are for everyone - young and old(er) alike! :-) Do you:
Want help practicing notes, chords, and key signatures?
Want ear training (listening) activities?
Want some quizzes to help you learn at home?
Just want some piano fun?
Learning theory doesn't have to be dull or scary!
Thanks to the internet, fun music games are only a few clicks away!
Need some lessons first? Check out my other pages on learning music theory: , beginner music theory, advanced music theory, and music theory online.
Music Theory Games
These great games are suitable for older kids and adults alike.
I was already a fan of MusicTheory.net before the Exercises (games) section was added to the free lessons.
Now I'm an even bigger fan! This is a great selection of online theory games.
You can choose lots of different skills to practice: note names, keys signatures, intervals, and triads, piano keys, chords… and more. They are well-designed and easy to use (no annoying ads or popups, either).
Even better, there's a section of exercises for ear training -- learning how to identify intervals, scales and chords by how they sound. Ear training is so important and something that many beginners don't take the time to add to their practice routines.
What ear training allows you to do is understand what you hear. Just imagine hearing a favorite song on the radio and understanding the chord progression so that you could sit down at the keyboard and figure out how to play it?
It would be pretty amazing, right? Like understanding someone sitting next to you speaking a foreign language. But that's what ear training can do for you.
Although eMusicTheory charges a subscription to in order to save your lessons, you can click on free resources to check out the drills (don't let that name discourage you!) - and there's a lot to choose from!
Games include: note names (a variety of games here), piano keys, key signatures, intervals, rhythm performance, scales, and chords. You can choose different clefs for many of the games!
My very favorite of the exercises here is rhythm dictation. This means that you will listen to a rhythm, made up of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes (depending on the difficulty level you choose) and choose what notes to write to match the rhythm you heard.
There is simply no better way to learn rhythm. Rhythmic dictation is another key skill that is not in the curriculum of many beginning pianists and it should be. Try it and you'll be amazed at how fast you can build your skill and how much more you'll "hear" the music around you.
Music Theory Games --
Games for Kids
I really like the games at ClassicsForKids.
There's four to pick from. The one that will help kids learn notes is the Note Name Game. This fun little game has kids click and drag the correct letter names below the staff to spell words. Very fun!
The Compose Your Own Music game lets kids drag and drop notes onto a staff and then hear their compositions. What's great is kids are learning about the beats in each note, and how many beats are in a measure -- since the game only lets you put 4 beats in each measure!
If you'd like more fun, interactive music games, head on over to the piano fun page!
Have fun playing (and learning)!