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Rhythm Bingo for 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 Time Signatures


Compound Meter Bingo Boards [print in landscape orientation]

Rhythm Bingo Compound Calling Cards [print in portrait orientation]

One of my students looked wistfully at a game I had out and sighed real big. He said, “I know, I’m getting older and can’t be playing games like I used to.” He looked so pitiful and sad. I have to remind myself that games make learning theory more fun for all ages, not just my younger students. Take rhythms in 6/8, for example. Just about every student needs some extra help with compound meter. In this game there are plenty of 16th notes and rests to challenge students in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures. If your older students are taking a music theory test this spring, here is a good way to review rhythm for the test.

Teachers are always telling me I don’t make anything for older students. Actually I do, but material often gets hidden inside the files and becomes hard to find.  I’m going to try to make the intermediate material easier to find, if I can think of a way. I have a new search category, “Older Students” but it will take me time to go back through all my posts and add it, so be patient. Suggestions are always welcome!

By the way,  the 3/8 time signature is not compound meter but simple meter. However, I needed another row and it was either 3/8 or 12/8, so I went with 3/8.

Print the game boards on card stock in landscape orientation and laminate, if desired. Print the calling cards on perforated business card stock for 2 x 3.5 sized business cards.


  • To review rhythm patterns in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures


  • Older students who have been introduced to the time signatures and 16th notes and rests in the game

 Number of Players

  • Two to six 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 in landscape orientation. Laminate.
  • Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock in portrait orientation. 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.
  • 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 for group lessons with teens.
  • Students like Bingo games and this give them rhythm confidence.

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Interval Bingo Game

Interval Bingo Game

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I like material that can be used more than one way, so that is how I designed this interval bingo game. Worksheets and theory books are useful, but students enjoy games more and retain concepts better when playing a game or some other hands-on activity. Well, at least that has been my experience! You can play the short version of this game in less than 5 minutes.

There are 4 pages in this printable, two pages of bingo cards and 2 pages of calling cards. Print all the pages in landscape orientation. If you do not want to use the calling cards, print only the first 2 pages.

I had a lot of fun designing the graphics for this game. I hope your students enjoy it!


  • Interval Bingo Game printable cards, cut in half
  • Calling cards, cut up
  • Bingo chips or tokens to cover the squares (magnetic wands are fun!)


  • For a quick game In a private lesson, the student and teacher alternate selecting calling cards from the stack and covering the correct interval with a bingo chip. The goal is to cover three squares in a row in any direction.

  • At a group lesson, play “blackout” where students cover all the squares on their card. When the calling cards are used up, shuffle and re-use.
  • For ear training, the teacher can play the intervals and the students put a bingo chip on the correct interval.
  • Students can sing the intervals.


  • To learn to quickly Identify diatonic intervals on the grand staff


  • Late elementary students


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