Everything is browser-based here, so no need to worry about device compatibility.
It’s basically a collection of mini-games all based on rhythm to help expand your music theory.
But, my favorite feature is how you can customize each game to match where your students are at.
My children and my students love memory. In fact, memory is one of those games you play from a toddler all the way to adulthood.
Music memory is a great way to challenge yourself and your aural skills. This game works on tablets and Chrome.
This music memory game trains remembering the solfege pitches. You don’t need perfect pitch to play this game, but it will drill pitch relationships into your ear.
Extension: Post a high score somewhere in your room and invite students to beat the score. The competition will inspire even the most reluctant kids to try their hardest.
Rhythm Randomizer is less of a game and more of a practice tool. Basically, you give it rhythm values, meter, length, and other variables, and it’ll spit out random rhythm music samples for you to practice.
It’s not based on a real piece of music, so the randomness results in some odd-feeling patterns.
But to improve your technical music skills, there’s not much better.
While Garageband isn’t strictly a game, it is a fun tool to play around with. For interactive music games, this one is always popular with kids of elementary, middle school, and high school.
Garageband has an app on Apple devices and is available online. You don’t need to be connected to the internet to play this game.
Garageband is a music writing and arranging program for beginners and advanced musicians. There are different instrument sounds available, and you can layer different sounds on top of one another to make songs.
For those looking for a Windows or Chrome equivalent. Audiotool does much the same thing as the music mixing giant.
Extension: Give students specific instructions on building a song with different sections, layers, and instruments depending on their age level and musical understanding.
Incredibox is a beat box builder that’s a super fun way for kids to create grooves.
There are some paid assets and beats, but much of it is free.
It’s also available in app form.
Chrome Music Lab
Check this free music playing tool that uses a bunch of different cute and creative visual based music-related activities. This one is simple to use for all age levels.
Who doesn’t remember the arcade and county fair standard, Whack-a-mole?
Well, this twist put out by the Kennedy Center, Whack-a-note, provides a fun game for staff-note placement reinforcement. This is great for upper elementary and middle school students learning where notes are placed.
Extension: This would be another great candidate for a score wall to motivate students.
Pro-tip: When I do score walls and competitions, I always invent scores from my “previous school” to measure themselves against. I offer a good mix of scores from really high to really low.
This way, even your slower learners will earn a higher spot on the board and feel accomplished.
Peg + Cat Music Maker
This Peg + Cat Music Maker gives three different areas for kids to explore and create music in different ways.
For those unfamiliar with the PBS kids show, Peg + Cat solve problems with math, but this song heavily features historical figures and composers in a fun way.
The music in the show is amazing as well.
This game is played on tablet and Chromebook well. While you’re at it, check out all the other PBS Kids music games as well. Speaking of games, check out my favorite circle games for music class if you’re interested.
Extension: As my students become more melodically literate, I encourage them to figure out their songs from class using these tools.
Not-Mario Paint Music
This Not-Mario Paint Music program is based on the old game where you drag icons of Mario things to make music.
Some people make really crazy cool songs, and it’s fun to play with.
This version is NOT Mario, but it is free and browser-based.
I only just discovered Quizizz and wow, it’s cool. It’s like Kahoot in that its an online quiz platform, but this one is even more game-like.
Find any number of free music quizzes or make your own and assign or take the Quizizz together. This one uses more powerpoints and makes it more like a game. It seems more complex than Kahoot, but it’s actually even easier to use.
How To Use Music Games For Kids Online
There are several ways to integrate these educational music games with your students. However, the availability of these ways depends on what technology you have at your fingerprints.
Still, there are some ways you may want to check out to include these online music games in your classroom.
Over the projector
Most music teachers have access to some kind of computer and projector. Even when I was in the cafeteria, I was able to project from a computer.
For those limited on technology, you’re still able to throw these games up on the projector. Show the kids how to find them and play them a little.
They may end up using them at home at getting more reinforcement.
If you have access to no technology in your classroom, you should be able to at least post the links on your teacher website.
If you don’t have a teacher website, the technology departments at your school may be able to help you.
Otherwise, check out Weebly.com or WordPress.com. Either of those are easy to figure out and set up.
When you only have access to a handful of tablets or computers, it seems like a big hurdle to overcome. But if you make playing these games one of your music centers, you know the kids will be on task and learning.
A lucky few may have access to a device for every student. If this is the case, you have the opportunity to use these games as part of a specific whole group lesson.
Field Trip To Computer Lab
Even without any technology at your hands, it’s possible to organize a “field trip” to your school’s computer lab or to borrow a chrome-cart or something like this.
Talk to your admin about your options and come up with a plan to help you use technology. You may be surprised how willing they are to support you.
Just make sure you’re involved in the process, and it’s not just “free time” for the kids. Your admin probably won’t like that.
Here are some ideas too for adapting your existing activities.
Hopefully, you’ll find these online music games for your classroom helpful. These are a great way to buy student engagement and reinforce musical ideas.