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!
- To become familiar with the names of the great classical composers.
- To learn how to pronounce their names.
- To reinforce visual recognition skills.
- All ages of students.
Number of Players
- Two or more players. The teacher can play with a student, or students can play in groups.
- 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.
- 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.