Composer Memory Game

Composer Memory Game

Composer Memory Game

Would you like your students to learn a little bit about famous composers, but you don’t have a lot of lesson time? I’ve made a set of composers you can cut out and glue on the inside of a milk caps. I used card stock and Elmer’s ‘Extreme School Glue Stick’.

If you don’t have a set of caps available, ask your piano parents to collect them for you. My students really enjoyed bringing the caps to me. I have enough now to last as long as I teach piano!

If you don’t have caps, the printable is made with a cutting grid, so you can cut out the composers as small cards. However, my students really liked the milk caps and thought they were a lot of fun, so I encourage you to make them that way.

I had a hard time deciding which composers to include. If I’ve left off your favorite classical composer, leave a comment and when I get enough suggestions, I’ll make a second set!  Stick to the old composers because the portraits of modern composers are protected by copyright, although I can use just their name and not a picture.

An important part of the game is for students to say the composer’s name as they turn over the cap to help them learn the correct pronunciation. After a while, they will be saying Tchaikovsky and Chopin like a pro!

This printable is for private use only. You are welcome to print this and use it with your students. Please read the first page and follow the terms of use included in the PDF.

Objective

  • To become familiar with the names of the great classical composers.
  • To learn how to pronounce their names.
  • To reinforce visual recognition skills.

 Ages

  • All ages of students.

 Number of Players

  • Two or more players. The teacher can play with a student, or students can play in groups.

Materials

  • Sixteen plastic beverage caps (lids) the size of milk jugs.
  • The PDF printable included in this post.
  • Scissors and glue stick to construct the playing pieces.
  • If caps are not available, the cards can be cut out and used.

Directions

  • Print and cut out the pictures of the composers, cutting them in small circles that fit the inside of the lids.
  • Glue the composer pictures on the inside of the plastic caps.
  • Place the caps on a table, face down, with four rows and four columns and the composer face not visible.
  • Players take turns selecting two caps and turning them to the picture side to see if they match.
  • Students say the names of the composers as they turn the caps.
  • If the two caps are the same, the player gets to keep them. If not, they return the caps to the same spot, face down again.
  • Play continues until all the caps are matched.

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6 Responses to Composer Memory Game

  1. Lyndsay

    Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, Handel, Orff, Grieg, Bizet, Wagner, Schubert, Schumann

  2. What a fun activity! It’s difficult to include a composer activity in a 30 minute lesson and this fits the bill. I found a great glue product to attach the paper to the milk cap at my local Joann Fabrics store. It’s called UGlu Dashes (non-toxic glue 1/2″ x 5/8″ squares). They bond just about anything and the size fits perfectly on the circle. Thanks for another wonderful idea!

  3. Sonja Endreson

    Another fantastic idea Susan! Thank you. I had a lot of lids leftover from water bottles, cut the circles just slightly larger & they popped right into the cap staying in place without glue! My younger students will love this! For older students I will have them state a fact about the paired composers to get credit & keep the pair. Better yet, wouldn’t it be cool to have a fact printed out about the composer to use in the caps. Would have to be small printing though. Thanks again!

  4. Becky Barber

    Thanks, Susan. I’ve been using a very worn homemade set of composers cards for “Composer Concentration” and the cap idea will be new and fun. What a gift!

  5. This looks wonderful — thank you, Susan! I know my students will enjoy playing this, and I will be thrilled that they’ll become familiar with some of the great composers.

  6. Kathy

    This is awesome! Thank you Susan.