If you have never played online music games for fall, then you and your students are missing out!
The changing season offers the perfect opportunity for you to shake up the lesson experience and give your students a new approach to common theory concepts and techniques.
You don’t have to be a virtual-only teacher to use these ten online music games for fall. They are perfect for both in-person and virtual lessons.
If you’ve shopped at melodypayne.com for any length of time, then you’ve seen these online music games called Boom Cards™.
If this is your first time to hear about using Boom Cards™ in piano lessons, start here.
It is not hard to use Boom Cards™ in either in-person or virtual piano lessons. But there are a few helpful things to know to get started.
You can sign up for a free Boom Learning account here which allows you to assign Boom Cards™ for up to 5 students (more students is a paid plan).
We love this quick, 5-minute walkthrough video by one of our music Boom Cards™ creators, Kelly.
Here are some handy things to know about Boom Cards™
- You can get a free Boom Cards™ app (for iPad, tablets, phones)
- You can screen share Boom Cards™ for virtual lessons on Zoom
- Boom Cards™ are great for off-bench activities
- You can play Boom Cards™ at the piano (review the concept on the piano before submitting answer)
- Boom Cards™ require internet access
- We have a blog post even more in-depth about Boom Cards™: read Getting Started With Boom Cards™ In Piano Lessons here.
Now that you have a solid idea of what Boom Cards™ are, let’s talk about our 10 Online Music Games for Fall!
10 Online Music Games for Fall
Whether you need beginner online music games for fall or intermediate, we have ten fun options for you to use in your studio! I am presenting these in relative order of easiest to hardest.
Fall Online Music Games for Beginning Piano Students
If you teach preschool or kindergarten students who aren’t ready to read yet, you can easily walk them through these online music games for fall. Some of the Boom Cards™ they’ll be able to do on their own while others may need a little assistance to read the words they need to tap for the correct answer.
I would use these online music games for fall to teach concepts as well as review. The first time, I’d walk through the cards with my students and discuss them (I’ll include teaching prompts with each set).
This is one of our favorite beginning online music games for fall.
Introduce your students to high and low sounds with 33 task cards.
They will hear 3 piano notes played and then must drag all three acorns for high sounds (in the tree) or low sounds (on the grass). I love that this reviews different pitches, not just the same high or low sounds.
- The first time you use these cards with your students, answer it for them.
- “Oh, this is a HIGH note. That means all of the acorns go up high in the tree.
- This is a low note. The acorns go down on the ground.”
- Once the student thinks they can do it without your help, you can use your vocal intonation to give clues about high or low. “Does that sound high?” (speak high) “or low?” (speak low)
Even before your student has begun learning notes on the staff, you can help them get familiar with the lines and spaces on the staff with this fun online music game for fall.
There are two options for the cards: the student must decide whether the whole note is on a line or space (and click “line” or “space” accordingly) or they are asked to drag the whole note to a specific line or space (e.g. “Drag the whole note to the third space.”).
All the student needs to know is how to count and identify lines and spaces.
- Ask the student to point to the lines, then explain that the blanks between the lines are called spaces.
- Walk them through the first few cards to help them recognize how the note rests on the lines or spaces.
- You can add extra review to the plain “line or space” notes by saying “That is the line note. Which line is it on?” and help the student count the lines to be ready for when they are asked to drag the note to the line or space.
You can teach half and whole steps on the piano keys even before your student knows all the piano key names.
This online music game for fall will give your students a thorough review of whole steps and half steps on the piano keys.
Each card has an acorn on a piano key and the student is asked to “Tap the Piano Key that is…” and review either a whole step higher, whole step lower, half step higher, or half step lower.
Not only is this game great for whole steps and half steps, but it also reiterates the importance of what is higher/lower on the piano keys.
- First, help the student to understand the “higher” or “lower” directions on the keyboard.
- “This is asking for higher. Which way is higher?”
- Once the student gives you the direction, you can tell them exactly which key to tap.
- Once they have learned their directions, then you can help them understand the difference between a half step and whole step.
Once your beginning piano student has learned their piano keys, you can use this fall music game set to give them a steady review!
They not only have to “tap the correct answer,” but sometimes they have to tap two answers in one card!
Students will get a full scale review by seeing small sets of piano keys (C-D-E or F-G-A-B) or the full 7-letter keyboard.
- You can use any of the piano key geography tips you have used for your student to help them remember where the letter names are for the piano keys (e.g. “This is in between the two black keys. What is in the middle?”).
For later beginners, this Steps & Skips Boom Cards™ set reviews two important aspects on the staff (no clef assigned).
First, the student has to identify if the interval is a step or skip. Then, they have to identify if that step or skip moved up or down.
Both the steps/skips and up/down have to be answered in order for the card to be complete.
- Start by having your student answer just one aspect of the card (e.g. “Is this a step or a skip?”) and you answer the other (you can tell them you’re “taking turns” for the game).
- Once the student is confident with one aspect, you can switch where they answer the other question.
- Finally, have them answer both.
This one Boom Cards™ bundle has 5 decks which review:
- White Piano Keys
- Lines & Spaces on the Staff
- Beginning Bass Clef Intervals
- Beginning Treble Clef Intervals
- Steps & Skips on the Piano Keys
These five online music games for fall will suit both your beginning and later beginner piano students.
- Gradually progress through all five sets with your students.
- Once they are familiar with the white piano keys and steps & skips on the piano keys, introduce the lines & spaces on the staff then work into the beginning bass clef and beginning treble clef intervals
Intermediate Online Music Games for Fall
The beginning piano students aren’t the only ones who can have fun with seasonal games! Here are four online music games you can use with more intermediate students.
Who doesn’t need help with their note reading?
This is the perfect online music game for fall because it gives the student a new setting in which to review their note names (as digital flashcards).
This deck reviews notes G2-A4 on the bass clef (bottom line to top line) and E4 to F5 on the treble clef (bottom line to top line).
- Have the student race against themselves!
- Set a stopwatch for their very first time through and log their end time.
- Send the 100 Note Challenge home with them to review daily and time them next lesson to see how they’ve improved.
This is a fun online music game for fall!
The autumn leaves and pumpkins set the scene where students will listen to a folk tune being played, then must guess if it’s major or minor.
This is a very easy Boom Cards™ set to help your students with their listening skills, even if they’ve never done a listening activity before.
- I like to teach major and minor as “moods”.
- Is it “happy” or “sad” sounding?
- If the student struggles to hear the difference, then working through the set a few times will help train their ear as they realize the correct answers.
If your students are getting bored with flashcards, introduce some musical spelling words.
This Fall Grand Staff Musical Spelling Words set will review bass clef notes G2-B4 (bottom line to B below middle C) and treble clef notes D4-F5 (D above middle C and top line on the staff), so your students have a thorough review of note reading.
- Once a student has spelled the word (their internal “spell-checker” will probably tell them if the word makes sense or not!), have them play the word on the piano.
- Most often, it doesn’t make much musical sense, but it’s still fun to play the word on the piano!
- Bonus tip: Use the letters of the music spelling word to create an improvisation!
You need this online music game for your students who are learning their major scales and inversions!
- Remind your students of the importance of “skip a letter” to build a major chord (e.g. “C – skip D – E – skip F – G”).
- If they struggle with knowing how to do inversions, take them back to the root position chord (e.g. “A major = A C# E”) and ask them to build it “flipped around.”
- The fact that there are only four letter options greatly aids in the student being able to accurately select the correct notes.
- For extra practice, once a student has built a chord, ask them to play it on the keyboard before they hit “submit.”
What Online Music Games for Fall Have You Played?
We’d love to hear your suggestions for fall music games! What do you and your students love? Comment below!