Looking for useful activities to do during your music camp, group classes, music classroom setting, or even during a private piano lesson? Kids get so excited when you pull out a game, and they are sure to love the cute and colourful themes in this HUGE bundle of ten I Have, Who Has? music card games.
I Have, Who Has? is a wonderful game to play as a quick review, assessment, or just to have some fun! And these ten music card games are all slightly different, so if you need students to review a concept again, just pull out a different version of the game and they’ll think it’s brand-new. We teachers are sneaky that way…. 🙂
How to Play I Have, Who Has? Music Card Games
Here are the basic instructions for all ten music card games.
- Print the cards onto card stock; laminate if desired.
- Cut out the cards.
- Shuffle all the cards and distribute an equal number to everyone. Tell students not to let anyone else see their cards.
- The student who has the (clearly marked) first card says, “I have the first card. Who has the ….?” Here’s where each version of the game differs slightly — please read below!
- The student who has the card named by the first student says, “I have ……… Who has…..?”
- At this point, the first student should lay their card down to show that it’s been done.
- The game continues until the last card is reached. It says, “The end” on it, so there can be no doubt that the game is now over! All cards should, at this point, be laid down.
The concept for playing these music card games is simple, yet effective. Let’s look briefly at each game to see how they all can be such a help in your studio this year.
1. Piano Finger Numbers Game
Do you teach young beginners? This is an enjoyable game made just for them! Whoever has the first card says, “I have the first card”. The student then sees two sets of cartoon hands. A pink dot appears on two fingers of one of the hands.
The student must say, for example, “Who has left hand fingers two and five?” The student who has the exact same picture on their card says, “I have left hand fingers two and five.” Now the first student can lay their card down.
The second student sees two more sets of hands on their card. He/she says, for example, “Who has right hand fingers one and four?” The game continues until all the cards have been laid down.
This music card game, like all of the others, has multiple options for printing. You can choose the black & white or coloured version of the game, with or without the cute owl clipart.
The back of each card, should you choose to print these too, has the title of the game and the matching owls. If your cards ever scatter and get mixed up with the other cards in this bundle of ten music card games, no problem. You can easily sort them again according to the clipart and title.
If you need more help with beginning piano lessons, check out our blog posts 9 Essentials to Include in a First Piano Lesson and Piano Keys Are a Breeze! 11 Introductory Piano Key Recognition Activities.
2. Major Key Signatures Game
There are 16 different key signatures in this Major Key Signatures music card game, but there are multiple options for printing.
You can print them with or without the cookies and cocoa theme. You can save money on ink by printing the black & white version. Or if money isn’t an issue, print the full colour version.
There’s also a red and green Christmas-themed version of this music card game. So many choices! You’ll also find four blank cards that you can use in order to make your own key signatures if you like. For example, perhaps you’d like to throw in a few minor key signatures.
3. Halloween Rhythm Game
Kids LOVE Halloween, and it’s right around the corner. Pull out this rhythm card game and see your students smile!
What’s great about this game is that no descriptive words are needed. Students simply say, “I have” and then they clap, stomp, play, or even sing the rhythm on their card.
Students must listen carefully, and then the student who has that same rhythm on their card repeats it back. Then that second student asks, “Whooo has?” and demonstrates the next rhythm that is on their card, and so the game goes.
The cute, not-too-scary Halloween owls that decorate the cards are sure to please, and the rhythms are basic.
And if you want even more Halloween-specific games, check out The Best One-Stop Shop Educational Resource for Halloween Games and Activities for Piano Teachers.
4. Christmas-themed Music Symbols Game
This musical symbols game features common music symbols such as half notes, pp, natural sign, quarter rest, grand staff, fermata, mezzo forte, decrescendo, etc.
There are two sets of 36 cards each here for elementary students. The adorable cartoon Christmas monsters, dinosaurs, and gingerbread men are sure to elicit giggles from your young students. What an engaging way to practice music symbols!
For more Christmas-themed worksheets and activities, check out Bundle of 4 Awesome Christmas Music Worksheets and Activities.
5. St. Patrick’s Day Music Symbols Game
There are so many options for printing this music card game out.
First of all, there’s the full colour set of cards. Then there’s the ink-friendly version. I chose to print this version, as it still has cute green monsters on it. In other words, there’s enough “green” on the card to still make it appear special to kids. 🙂
You can print the cards with both the name of the music symbol AND the symbol itself, which is great for students who are still learning the names of symbols.
Or, you can print the cards with just the symbols. This option is perfect for students around the world because we call the notes different names, like quarter note and crotchet, for example.
The blank cards that are included in this music card set can be customized according to your needs.
6. Valentine’s Day Music Symbols Game
There are 46 music symbols in this Valentine’s Day Music Symbols set. Wow! As with the St. Patrick’s Day set, there are multiple printing options. Sweet Valentine’s Day monsters adorn each card. What a fun way to practice music symbols!
7. Monster-themed Music Symbols Game
The charming cartoon monsters on these 44 Music Symbols game cards are not Halloween-related. This means that you could play this game with your students any time of the year.
All basic music symbols are included, plus there are blank cards to which any other symbol can be added.
8. Musical Instruments of the Orchestra Game
This Musical Instruments “I Have, Who Has?” set includes 36 cards comprising 34 different instruments. You can print the cards with the pictures of the instruments only, or with the pictures plus names of the instruments. A cute monster theme ties all the cards together.
School orchestra or general music teachers could make good use of this game as an in-class practice activity or even as a clever way to assess students.
9. I Have… Whooo Has? Rhythm Game
There are 32 owl-themed cards in this rhythm music card games set, plus blanks for teacher’s use. As before, you can print the colour or the ink-friendly black & white version.
As in the Halloween rhythm game, the rhythms here consist of quarter notes, half notes, and quarter rests in 4/4 time. Whooo wants to have fun practicing rhythms? We do!
10. Music Symbols Game, Halloween Edition
As in several of the other I Have, Who Has music card games, you are receiving at least four games in this Halloween Music Symbols set (colour, black & white, with the musical terms written out, without the musical terms).
The lovable “Frankenstein boy” cartoon drawings add a charming feature.
When you tell your students that you’re about to play a Halloween music card game, they’ll be all in! They won’t even realize they are learning and reviewing necessary music symbols!
Tips for Using These Music Card Games
- Most of the music card games have backs that, if printed correctly, will label the back of each card. Although this is optional, I recommend that you print these, so that you can quickly see at a glance which game you’re grabbing from your stash.
- Purchase a handy carrying case from Michaels or Amazon to store your music card games in. Mine has 16 individual 4 X 6-inch photo cases inside, perfect for storing my cards in. I used to always just put an elastic band around my cards, but elastics eventually break, and your cards get scattered, unorganized or even lost. This storage case is the best thing ever. Problem solved!
- Teach the concepts first; then play the game. For example, have your students practice clapping easy rhythms in 4/4 time first before they play any of the rhythm games. You want your students to feel successful when playing these music card games, not frustrated.
- If you are short on time, you don’t have to play until the last card is laid down. Set a timer for, say, five minutes and tell students that play will continue until the timer sounds.
- NOTE: There is no winner or loser; these are collaborative music card games. We are working together in order to get ALL the cards laid down!
Get the bundle of music card games
Grab this economical bundle of ten I Have, Who Has? music card games today and enjoy them year-round in your studio. Your students will thank you!
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I am truly excited about this bundle of games. I recently started teaching group piano classes to beginners, and I’m sure they will love playing them! In my private lessons, we can still play them too, but I think it will be even more fun in my small classes! 🙂
I hope your students have a blast playing these games! I agree: They are fun one-on-one with teacher and student, and they are fabulous for group lessons!