What is the Middle C Spelling Bee Note Reading Game?
This Middle C spelling bee note reading game gives beginning piano students a fun way to review treble and bass clef notes in Middle C Position: Bass F to Treble G (F3 to G4). Three-letter spelling words created from the letters of the music alphabet are shown on the grand staff: ACE and FED, for example.
Students figure out the correct word, roll the dice, and move forward on the game board. The first student to reach the beehive wins! Your piano students will have tons of fun while becoming more confident in their ability to identify treble and bass clef notes on the grand staff with this fun and interactive note reading game.
Contents of the Middle C Spelling Bee Note Reading Game
- How to play during online piano lessons
- Game boards with and without bee cards
- Bee cards and backs of cards (skip ahead, trade places with someone, etc.)
- Score cards for students to write their answers down (laminate for best results)
- Cards to print onto the backs of the game cards
- 25 piano key spelling bee word cards using the notes of Middle C Position: 3-letter words using the notes from Bass F to Treble G (F3 to G4)
- Blank cards that you can customize with your own spelling words
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How to Play the Middle C Spelling Bee Note Reading Game
- Print the pages you need onto white card stock and cut out the cards.
- Place the Bee Cards on the game board, and place the Middle C Spelling Bee cards face down beside the game board.
- Roll the dice to see who goes first, or let your student go first if the two of you are playing during a private lesson.
- Draw a music spelling word card.
- The student will identify the music spelling word that is indicated by the notes on the staff. The student can either say the letters to figure out the word or write the word onto their score card. *Pro tip: Laminate the score cards or place them into a plastic page protector so they can be erased and reused throughout the game.
- The student rolls the dice and moves forward on the game board. I usually use a single die to make the game last just a little longer.
- If a student lands on a flower, the student will draw a Bee Card to see what to do (move ahead one space, trade places with another player, go back one space, etc.)
- The first person to reach the beehive wins!
- Students will enjoy reviewing the notes of Middle C Position in a fun, hands-on way, and will feel very accomplished by their ability to figure out the musical spelling words as they play this fun note reading game!
How this note reading game benefits your piano students
- Helps them focus on reading a few notes at a time, which builds on the concept of reading a single note on a single flash card.
- Gives them the opportunity to figure out not only the notes on the staff, but what word the notes spell.
- Provides a way for students to view note reading as a fun activity.
- This note reading game is beneficial for students in private lessons and group piano lessons.
Using the Middle C Spelling Bee note reading game with your students
This fun and versatile game can easily be used in a variety of settings. Here are a few suggestions:
- Private piano lessons
- Group piano classes or group lessons
- Music camps
- Piano parties
- As an ice-breaker activity
- A team-building activity
- Instead of reading notes from flash cards or formal note reading materials
Storing and Organizing the Game Cards
I love storing these game cards in colorful 4×6 photo boxes like these (affiliate link). They are my favorites because they’re the perfect size, and the colors are vibrant and fun!