This morning, after drilling Rose on musical notes for quite a while (her piano teacher asked her to bone up a bit), I went hunting for some games online that would help with note recognition. Here’s what I have found so far:
Pedaplus.com—Has a simple but good note recognition game. Choose treble or bass clef, and beginner or advanced. You try to read and click on the names of as many notes as possible in the time frame. Rose played for about twenty minutes and drastically improved her score.
There is also an ear-training game in which a short series of notes is played and you click on the piano keys for the appropriate intervals. Pretty cool.
The site also has other musical games and quizzes.
HappyNote.com has several games to download, but (alas) none for my Mac—yet.
Music Notes has lots of quizzes on music history, as well as an ear-training game.
In the Novel Games "Musical Notes" game, notes on the treble clef scroll across the screen, and you must click the correct piano key to make them disappear. A variation on the old shoot-the-ducks arcade game. Doesn’t seem to cover more than the basic treble clef notes, though (or maybe I just didn’t play it long enough).
I am really bummed that there is no Mac version of this free Tetris-style note recognition game. If you try it, let me know how it is.
I’d love to hear of other good note-fluency games you’ve discovered!