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Date: 07 June, 2007
Fancy yourself as a bit of a musician? Here are ten games involving music, including listening to it, writing it, answering questions about it and even splatting trolls to it! By Suzanne Elvidge
All games are free downloads or free to play.
To play a game, simply click on its name. If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area)
Download this Tetris-type game and learn how to read music. Guide the notes so that they land on their names – if they collide with a dynamite stick, they explode and you lose one life.
Click on the left hand balloon and listen to a piece of music, and then click on the right hand balloon – is it the same piece or is it different? The Creating Music website also includes the Musical Sketch Pad – you choose an instrument and ‘draw’ the music, and then click on the conductor to play it.
Match the right sound and the right instrument – it’s as easy as that!
Radio Three goes a wee bit funky! Very silly game splatting trolls to Grieg’s Peer Gynt (always loved that piece of music since Music and Movement at infant school. More games on the Making Tracks website.
Simple as that – listen and name the track and artist. Couldn’t do it – I’m going back to Peer Gynt and bashing trolls…
A bit like the electronic game Simon. Watch the birds and then play the tune back – it adds one more note each time. Get a note wrong once and the game is over. I was terrible at this too.
This is proper music theory. Build scales using natural notes, sharps and double sharps, and flats and double-flats, and listen to your scales. There are more drills on the eMusic Theory website.
Pick your team of composers and answer questions to play baseball against Beethoven. Surreal but fun.
Answer 15 multiple choice questions correctly and you can fling your teacher away, but get one wrong and you have to start again from the beginning. You can ask an expert, see a vote and have two incorrect answers taken away, but you can only use each option once.
Put the notes on the stave to write your very own four bar masterpiece and play it back.