Music Resources

The Best Online Music Games for Elementary Music Teachers

Smart Board Revolution

Playing Fraction Pie -

The Fraction Pie Rhythms activity connects your knowledge of fractions and equivalency to musical notes and rhythms. Simply choose your fractions and press play — your fractions will transform into a musical composition you can see and hear! You can also change the time signature, email rhythms to your friends, and select between four playing sounds: 1) Taiko drums, 2) Clapping, 3) Orchestral Snare drum, and 4) the sound of Water!

SAILOn - Subject Area Interactive Lessons On-line - Interactive lessons for Music

Getting Started With an Interactive Whiteboard

SMART Board Lessons

  • Animusic Creation--a project to use in conjunction with viewing the Animusic DVD. Students "invent" their own imaginary instrument and say what instrument family it belongs to.
  • Chopin--interactive composer lesson
  • Freddie the Frog--note-reading activities for use in conjunction with Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night.
  • Louis Armstrong--teaches about the trumpet player. Intended to be used with If I Only Had a Horn, but can be adapted for use with any book or video about him.
  • Note Name Game--intro or review of note reading with interactive games.
  • Rain--Composition project based on Perpetuum Jazzile's performance of "Rain."
  • **Bernie Bee flash animation**
  • **Bernie Bee Interactive Noteboo**k
  • **Five Little Snowmen Flash Animation**
    • Click a snowman to make him melt, click the house to make the music play again.
  • **Nursery Rhyme Smart Notebooks**
  • Musical Fractions Game
  • **Smartboard resources from the UK**
  • **Transportation SMART Notebook**
  • **SMART Notebook to go with //Country Crossing// by Jim Aylesworth**
    • This SMART Notebook is designed to help students match instruments with sounds in the book.
  • **//Peter and the Wolf// SMART Notebook**
  • external image type_none.jpg K-2 notation activities.notebook (Notebook 10)
  • external image type_none.jpg Zoo Pals.notebook (Notebook 10)
  • external image type_none.jpg doggies.notebook (Notebook 10)

  • Musical Spelling Bee --(Allison Friedman) First a review of note names, then a musical spelling bee game (words not included).
  • Staff Activities - (Allison Friedman) Blank staff for notes to be drawn on and a staff where you can drag sol/mi
  • external image type_none.jpg Listen - Gameplan4.notebook (Beth Jahn) visual for activity in Gameplan 4, p. 3
  • external image type_none.jpg Solfege Ladder.notebook - (Beth Jahn) moveable solfege pieces - low sol to high do
  • external image type_none.jpg TrebleClefNotes.notebook - (Beth Jahn) flashcards for the lines and spaces of the treble clef. Change the order of the pages if you want them in a more random order. Alter in any other way you see fit for your purposes.
  • external image type_none.jpg Rhythm Cards Grade 4.notebook - Rhythm Cards for GamePlan Grade 4.
  • "**I Wish" Poem (from Share the Music-4)** -- (Allison Friedman) Activity with a 4 line poem, students in 4 groups make their own melody to poem. Then they put their melody on the board. When you press the note (after they are placed) it plays the actual pitch as well. Have the students press each note or duplet with a steady beat and it should play back exactly as it should. I impressed myself making this one! (A. Friedman)
  • **Fill a Measure** -- (Allison Friedman) good with a lesson on meter and/or note durations. first page fill measures with different time signatures, 2nd page write a 4 measure rhythm piece.
  • Treble Clef Notes - (Andy Ramos) moveable notes so students can practice note names. I have them label spaces, then lines.
  • Bass Clef Notes - (Andy Ramos) same as treble but now in bass clef.
  • Guitar Chord Builder - (Andy Ramos) Two guitar necks. One for students to place dot where fingers go, second has dots numbered according to finger.
  • Band Instrument Parts - (Andy Ramos) Basic Band instruments. One page labels the instrument, next page erase to reveal answers.
  • Pumpkin Stew - from MacMillan Share the Music Grade 1 - The song is pieced up into the different beats of the song. I used it to introduce the song and to talk about division of the beat.
  • **Instruments of the Orchestra** -- (Allison Friedman) A lesson to go along with my K-5 unit of the 4 families of instruments. Has lots of pictures, facts, and sound clips. To hear a sample of each instrument, click on its picture. The last page also contains samples of woodwind, string, brass, and percussion ensembles. It is a huge file and it took a loooong time to make! ENJOY!
  • **I****n the Meadow** -- (Allison Friedman) Pictures and lyrics to go with the song: "In the Meadow" from Share the Music - 1
  • 2 4 6 8 -- Classic chant -- written with beat bars on the first page. Second page allows you to drag quarter / eight notes.
  • Note Reading GAB (recorder) -- (Allison Friedman) G A B and rhythm practice for recorders. First page: Have students drag the 3 notes to the staff; Second Page: Answer questions about note/rest values; Third Page: "Hot Cross Buns."
  • Holst's: "The Planets" -- (Allison Friedman) a lesson on Holst's planets suite. Example 1 is Mars and Example 2 is Jupiter. Listen to the other planets on the last page.
  • "Variations on America" -- A Listening map for the Charles Ives's piece.
  • **Octaves** -- (Allison Friedman) A 4th grade lesson on octaves. Song examples: "Sarasponda," "Hop Up and Jump Up," and "This is My Country." Can have students use the highlighter tool to find octaves in the music.
  • **6/8 Lesson** --(Allison Friedman) 4th grade lesson on 6/8 time. Listening example: "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Percy Grainger). Music is played by clicking on the title.
  • **Unit on Form** -- (Allison Friedman) This is my 3 part unit on musical form for 5th grade. Part I: Round, Canon, Fugue, Part II: AB, ABA, Rondo, and Part III: Theme & Variation. All sound and movie samples are included. For the "Pachabel's Canon" example you will need Finale 2008 (or notepad) and it works best if played in scroll mode. All sound samples can be played by clicking on the titles (and the diamonds on the guess that form page). Mystery form is Theme & Variations and examples 2-9 are all variations of example 1. Any questions, email me: (A
  • **Major/Minor** -- (Allison Friedman) 5th grade lesson on major and minor. Includes scales, few listening examples, and a game (click on the example then have students drag to appropriate category in game....) Click on words or graphics to hear scale and song examples. (A. Friedman)
  • Bow Wow Wow - (Beth Jahn) 1st grade notation lesson for Bow Wow Wow.
  • **Engine Engine Number 9** -- A very basic lesson for teaching sol/mi on the staff and the song "Engine Engine Number 9."
  • **Jazz Lesson** - (Allison Friedman) Here is a jazz lesson I have used, has sound samples and videos. This will be my first year using it with the board, last year I just had it as a powerpoint. Click on pictures of instruments to hear sound examples (A. Friedman).
  • Sol-Mi (High/Low) 1st Grade Lesson -(Allison Friedman) A lesson with a bunch of sol-mi, introduction to staff and putting solfege on the staff, etc songs. Songs include: Rain Rain Go Away, Blank staff with infinite cloner solfege notes, Hush Little Minnie, Introduction to the Staff (with infinite cloner note), Tinker Tailor.
  • MalletMadness.notebook - (Beth Jahn) This is the map I use to keep track where instruments and students should be for my Mallet Madness lessons. These lessons are based on the book Mallet Madness by Artie Almeida. The map may not be all that useful for you, but you may be able to use pieces of it to create your own or for some other purpose altogether.
  • Koosh Rhythm Game 1 - (Beth Jahn) This game uses rhythms from Gameplan Grade 1. Get an air-filled Koosh Ball. Kids throw the koosh ball at the screen to hit the circles and then they play or clap the rhythm that pops up on the screen. This game (a variation) was shown to me at an official Smart Board training, so it is safe for your board.
  • **Long & Short Sounds** - (Allison Friedman) This is a simple introductory activity for K or 1 on Long & Short sounds. You have the students sort the different sounds into 2 categories: Long Sounds and Short Sounds.
  • **High & Low** - (Allison Friedman) This is an introductory activity for K or 1 for the concept of High and Low. First page, students sort pictures of things that we might find up high and that we might find down low; then graphics for: Gingerbread Man song (Musicplay K); Autumn Leaves (Musicplay K); Star Light, Star Bright (Share the Music-K).
  • **I am a Pizza** - (Allison Friedman) Graphics and lyrics for the song "I Am a Pizza" (Musicplay K)
  • How Melodies Move 1 - (Allison Friedman) What is a melody? Beginning to draw melodies and Whoopee Cushion (MusicPlay - 3) needs fonts
  • How Melodies Move 2 - (Allison Friedman) Drawing melodic lines with 10 listening examples (included), as well as Lil Liza Jane and Donkeys Are In Love With Carrots (MusicPlay-3). For worksheet, see my other wiki's Worksheets page. *needs fonts How Melodies Move 3--(Allison Friedman) A lesson on how melodies move: repeated notes, stepwise, skips. Also includes the song: "I Don't Care if The Rain" (Share the Music - 4) and "The Star Spangled Banner"
  • **Rockin' Recorder Method Book** -(Allison Friedman) SMARTBoard version of my recorder book (
  • **Musical Spelling Words** - (Allison Friedman)To Help With the Learning of Names of Notes
  • **Folk Songs** -(Allison Friedman) Some folk songs that my 3rd graders will learn in the beginning of the year. The songs will also be used to find different types of rests, sing with body/instrumental accompaniment, and find B A and G. *needs fonts
  • Body Percussion Pieces -(Allison Friedman) Some body percussion pieces from Mark Burrow's "The Body Electric 2.0" book. *needs fonts **
  • **Engine Engine Number 9.notebook**(Tari McKee) Uses the traditiional melody and then adds more practice with so me using picture icons and finally traditional notation. The 2nd slide of each new melody will play when the train cars are touched.
**Measure_Up.notebook** (Tari McKee) In this game teams spin the spinner to determine which note value to drag to
a 4-beat measure. The team that completes exactly one measure wins.

Powerpoint Lessons/Presentations:

Interactive Websites

  • Lomax, the Hound of Music - Companion website to the PBS Kids program (John Feierabrend was involved in the creation!) Watch videos from the series and play interactive games for beginning singers.
  • NY Philharmonic KidZone - Website from NY Philharmonic for kids to explore and play
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Music Through The Curriculum - Phil Tulga's pretty amazing site that you and your kids can use with your IWB
  • Ricci Adams' - A collection of music theory lessons and tools that work well with an IWB, LCD Projector or as individual work in a computer lab.
  • E-Music - This site offers free music theory drills that work with an IWB, LCD Projector or as individual work in a computer lab. Subscribers have access to more features, such as tracking student scores over time, but the free elements are quite worthwhile.

Other Music Education Links/Lessons:

  • Collection of Powerpoint Templates of Popular Game Shows ('s/March%20Mini%20T-Games/Games.htm) Great website that contains a collection of powerpoint templates of popular game shows such as: Jeopardy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, etc
  • Music Teach Teacher - Quizzes and Games
    • This is a huge collection of quizzes and games that cover a wide variety of music concepts. Many of the activities are interactive Flash animations appropriate for use with an interactive white board.
  • Elementary Music Resources --(Allison Friedman) A collection of worksheets, choral accompaniments, and all of my SmartBoard files
  • **Rockin' Recorder** --(Allison Friedman) The interactive website for the recorder method book I made. (password is: "salem" -- lowercase). Flash site may take a few minutes to load -- there is also an html version. You can buy a copy of the book/cd at: and if you have any questions you can e-mail me.

Music Technology Links

Interactive Music Websites:
The students can take turns utilizing websites on the SMART Board. Here are some websites and ways that I have used them with the SMART Board:
  1. New York Philharmonic Kidzone: I have had my Kindergartners play the Music Match Instruments Concentration game as a group. They come up to the SMART Board one at a time and click on the card. The card flips over and plays an excellent audio example of the instrument. When they find two cards that match, they earn points. They cannot lose this game because it continues until all of the cards are turned over. There are three difficulty levels, so it is a great game to reinforce instrument sounds with the students.
  2. Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids (DSOKids): There are two sections of this website, one for students and one for teachers. I have utilized Beethoven’s Baseball with my 3rd graders and higher. It is a game where you pick composers to be the members of the baseball team. When Beethoven -the pitcher on the opposite team- throws a pitch, the students must come up to the SMART Board and choose the answer. This particular game works well with older elementary. It is a great assessment tool to a composer unit.
  3. Ricci Adams Excellent website for middle and high school music theory. There are interactive lessons and training sessions (like note, key, interval, and ear training) that you can perform with your students at a SMART Board station in the classroom.
  4. Check this interactive and integrated website out! You will find numerous musical activities to perform with elementary students using the SMART Board. One example that I adore is on his counting music rhythm page. If you count rhythms with numbers, Kodály syllables, Gordon syllables, or French syllables, you can click on one of the side buttons to change the syllables between methodologies. In addition, the rhythms will be spoken with the syllables when you press the play button. Finally, the Sequencing with Simon is a fun music game to play that incorporates listening skills.
  5. San Francisco Symphony Kids ( One of my and my students’ favorite websites. There are a variety of interactive musical activities from playing an instrument, to composing, to exploring the instruments, that can be done well with a SMART Board.
  6. Virtual Instruments: Here are two examples of virtual instruments that you can use with your students via a SMART Board. Virtual keyboard. Virtual Gamelon.
  7. Are you using Nursery Rhymes in your music classroom? Check out this website and project these excellent pictures of nursery rhymes on the SMART Board as you use them in class.