Tag Archives: Group lesson games

Autumn Rhythm Tic Tac Toe

Autumn Rhythm Tic Tac Toe

Autumn Rhythms Tic Tac Toe

Today I am posting a seasonal game to review note values such as dotted quarter notes and eighth notes.  I included stems going up and down to help students become familiar with that.

This game is  played like Tic Tac Toe using bingo chips. It is for two players, but it is easily modified for more students and played like Bingo.

Regular readers will notice this is similar to the Bats and Cats Rhythm Game. However, I remade the small cards to include more patterns and I changed the levels some.  Now I need a year round theme so I’m taking suggestions!

There are two levels included. The second level  is a great game to reinforce dotted quarter notes. Some children don’t know how to add fractions, so adding 1  1/2  +  1/2 is too much for them.  Of course we all have those students who seem to understand anything related to math without the teacher having to explain it!  They like this game, too.

There are 5 pages in this PDF document: a game board, 2 levels of cards to cut out, and the backs for each level.

I advise printing the backs to the small cards to help you quickly distinguish the levels for fast set-up.


  • To quickly add beats in rhythm patterns


  • Bingo tokens, a different color for each player. [Suggestions for tokens include inexpensive colored erasers or pieces of cut out construction paper. Colored bingo chips are available online. ]
  • One game board for two players. If playing in groups, 1 card for each player.
  • Calling cards with the appropriate level for the student.


  • Print the game board on card stock or photo paper and laminate, if desired.
  • Print one page of the calling cards. Turn the page over and print the “back” of  the calling cards. Check out my FAQ for hints on how to do it.
  • Cut the calling cards along the dotted lines. Place in a stack face down.
  • The calling cards contain notes and/or rests worth 1, 2, 3, or 4 beats (in 4/4 time.) The game board has squares with one note or rest worth 1, 2, 3. or 4 beats.
  • Player one draws a calling cards and counts the notes/rest value. He places a bingo chip on a square with that note value.
  • This is repeated by the second player, with a different colored bingo chip.
  • Play continues in this manner until a player has a chip on 3 squares in a row in any direction, including diagonally, as if the players are playing Tic Tac Toe.
  • An alternate way to play is to give each player a game board. Players take turns drawing a card and putting a bingo chip on the correct square. The object is to be the first player with all their squares covered.
  • Note: If a player draws a card that has no note left with that rhythm value, he is not able to place a chip on the board and it becomes the next players turn.

Why I like it:

This is a simple game and it’s easy and fast to play. But it really works and you will see your students improve their ability to count rhythms and to quickly add them up. One teacher, Louise, who played the Halloween version, left this message a few years ago:

Thank you so much for this game, Susan. I have played it with my Grade 2 students and found that although they were hesitant at first, when adding up the dotted notes and the grouped semiquavers and quavers, after a couple of games they were seeing at a glance how many beats were in the groupings. Such a useful game. I may bring it out even when it isn’t Halloween!


Filed under Games, Holiday Activities and Worksheets, Rhythm

Easy Rhythm Bingo

Easy Rhythm Bingo Easy Rhythm Bingo

Easy Rhythm Bingo Calling Cards

Not too long ago I posted a rhythm bingo game for older students with meters such as  3/8 and 9/8. An alert teacher asked me if I had posted a beginner version. Of course I thought so because I  remember playing it. I have to be honest, however. After posing hundreds of files over the years, I can’t remember what I have on the site. As I looked through my website, sure enough, it was not there.  Things came up, and it got lost in the Games That Never Were Finished file.


  • To review rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures


  • Cards 1 & 2 have no 8th notes.
  • Cards 3 & 4 have simple patterns using 8th notes.

 Number of Players

  • Two to 8 players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
  • Game may also be played by one student and teacher


  • Game board and rhythm card printables
  • At least 9 bingo tokens for each player


  • Print the game boards on card stock.
  • Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock or regular card stock. Separate or cut the cards.
  • Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
  • Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens. Students put a token on the “Free” space.
  • The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
  • If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
  • The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
  • The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
  • To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.

Why I Like This Game

  • It is a good game to practice rhythmic ear training.


Filed under Games, Rhythm, Texas State Theory Test

Rhythm Race Music Game for Intermediate and Elementary Levels


Rhythm Race Game Board

Intermediate Rhythm Race Cards

Easy Rhythm Race Cards

(I reposted these files to include the “sentence” cards that I accidentally left off. You will need to reload the page to see the new files.)

Rhythm Race is a quick game for 2 or more players. I made the game for students who are learning to count more difficult rhythms, such as dotted eighth notes and triplets. Students count the rhythms on their card, and then move to a note on the game board that equals that value. After my intermediate students played Rhythm Race, I noticed they were noticeably improved in their ability to count difficult rhythms.

I designed this game for older students, but when some of my younger ones saw it, they wanted a version, too!

The cards are designed for a business card template, but you can use card stock and cut them out. I found a good deal on photo paper at a discount store, so I laminated that for the game board, and it really pops out the colors.

Print only the front (the rhythm cards) for the level you need. Then reinsert the cards and print the back design, – the cards with checkered flags.  I find it necessary to have the backs of each level a different color so I can quickly get the correct cards ready for a student.

If you are playing with different ages in a group lesson, students can draw from their theory level and still play together.


  • To review rhythms, including dotted eighth notes and sixteenths notes


  • Grades 1-7, using the appropriate level cards

 Number of Players

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


  • Game board and rhythm card printables
  • A  small token for each player


  • Print the game board. Print the cards on one side and then Mui and print on the back of the cards. Separate or cut the cards.
  • Mix the cards up so that the sentence cards are mixed evenly with the rhythm cards.
  • Each player puts their token on “start”. The first player draws a card and counts the rhythm. Moving clockwise, the student moves his/her token to the first note on the board with the same value as their card.
  • Decide how many “laps” are need to win.  One lap takes about 5 minutes. Remove some of the penalty cards to speed up the game.
  • Players take turns drawing cards and moving their token on the board.
  • If all the cards are used, shuffle and keep playing.
  • The first player to pass “start” is the winner.

Why I Like This Game

  • It doesn’t take much lesson time.
  • When I play this game with students, I discover right away what they know and what they need work on. So it is like a worksheet or achievement test, only a lot more fun!


Filed under Games, Group lesson ideas, Intermediate Students, Rhythm

Pot of Gold Music Game

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I’ve been testing out my new elementary level St. Patrick’s Day game, Pot of Gold, and it is fast and fun! It is a board game, where students answer a music question, roll a die,  and move their pawn.

This is a big file so it might take some time to download.  There are 8 pages, including 6 pages of elementary level cards: keyboards, notes, vocabulary, intervals, and key signatures. If you like to print a colorful back to your game cards so they look more professional, I included that, too. Scroll through all the pages included in this file and only print what you want. If you don’t know how to print the back to the cards, check out the FAQ at the top of my blog.

However, there is a little secret to this game. It is very much like my Thanksgiving game, Chasing the Turkey.  So if you have already printed the cards to that game and you are in a hurry or want to save ink, you can use the Chasing the Turkey cards.  I made this set of cards because I like to keep the game boards and cards together so I can find them quickly.

I printed the game board on card stock and laminated it, but I did not laminate the cards. I separate the cards by level before we play. I store board games in folders with pockets that I buy on sale at the beginning of the school year. On the inside of the folder, I glue the rules of the game because I forget the rules!

One of my older students was watching his brother as we played. “Hey, you’re giving him the answers,” he said. Then he quickly said, “But I guess if you don’t, he won’t learn anything.”

“You’re exactly right,” I said. The purpose of this game is to learn, and if he doesn’t know the answer, I help him out so he will!”


  • To review previously learned musical symbols, intervals, key signatures, the notes of middle C position, and some music vocabulary words.
  • To enjoy a seasonal game.


  • Grades 1-4, using the appropriate cards for the concepts students have learned.


  • Game board.
  • Cards printed with various musical symbols and terms.
  • One die.
  • On pawn for each player.


  • The game can be played with two or more players.
  • Print the game board and cut out the cards. 
  • Each player puts his token on the game board. The first player draws a card and answers the question. If he doesn’t know the answer, give him hints until he gets it correct.
  • Then he rolls the die and moves the number of spaces on the die. If he lands on a circle with instructions, he follows the instructions, such as taking a short cut, or moving back to Start.
  • The game continues in the same way with the other players.
  • When playing with a pre-school child, let him win most of the games so he will want to play again.
  • The first player to reach the Pot of Gold  is the winner.


Filed under Games, Group lesson ideas, St. Patrick's Day, Texas State Theory Test, Theory