Monster Mash

An online music theory adventure for young players

Meet Max the musical monster detective of Monster Town. Someone has been stealing the mash potato and Max needs help to find the culprit! Rule out the monsters one by one by playing the music theory games. Successful detectives unlock a printable certificate.

Choose from a student version or a studio licence for teachers

Playable on a tablet, laptop, computer or smartphone, the ‘Studio Licence’ lets teachers use the game and resources with their own students and also gives access to two bonus games. Find out more below.

There are twelve online games to play with hidden clues. Can you crack the case?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

These theory games are so useful to revise the beginner’s music theory. It covers all topics we learn as a beginner learner. It is a great idea to put fun games and learning materials together so young students don’t get bored when they actually study music theory. Thank you for this wonderful theory games!

— Music Teacher

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genuinely thank you so much – particularly during lockdown teaching your games have been such a lifesaver and transformed the lessons. Truly grateful.

— Music Teacher

The music theory games

Find Kitty Cat

Kitty Cat likes to wander around the village but keeps getting stuck behind the locked doors. Can you find her? (recognising note values of 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats)

Beach Day

Reach the sandcastle before the waves wash it away – three waves and it’s game over! (using note values of 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats)

Sailaway Teacher

Send your teacher to a desert island if you can add up the note values correctly!

Superhero

Create your own boy or girl superhero and practice rests (1, 2 and whole bar rests)

Spooky Town

Visit the town full of friendly ghosts – just don’t tap the bats or it’s game over! (1, 2 and whole bar rests)

Autumn Leaves

Catch the leaves as they fall to the ground in this fun leaderboard game (names of the white piano keys C, D and E).

Sheepy

The sheep need a wash but only pink sheep score points! (split into rounds with round 1 covering the white piano keys C, D and E, and round 2 the keys F, G, A and B).

Groundhog Chase

Catch the groundhogs as they pop up from the ground in this leaderboard game (dynamic signs p, mp, mf and f)

Love Hearts

Spin the wheel and collect hearts (musical signs quiz)

Birthday Cake

Will you get hired or fired in the cake shop by putting the candles on the birthday cakes? (missing bar line quiz using time signatures of 2, 3 and 4 beats in a bar and note values of 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats)

Bullseye

Can you hit the target to score points? (complete the bar so it is correct using time signatures of 2, 3 and 4 beats in a bar and note values of 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats)

Pin The Monster

This is a bit like that classic game of pin the tail on the donkey but with monsters! (missing bar lines quiz using time signatures of 2, 3 and 4 beats in a bar and note values of 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats)

Bonus games in the ‘Studio’ version

Students compete to make the most pizzas in ‘Pizza Takeaway’ (and top the worldwide leaderboard!). Questions are on time signatures

Dive to the bottom of the sea in ‘Super Submarine’ to collect treasure. Just don’t wake up the sub!

Complements any beginner method book

Created by experienced music teacher
Susan Leigh MA LRSM LLCM FISM

The music games are perfect for beginners in their first year of learning and cover the following topics:

  • note values (1, 2, 3 and 4 beats)
  • rest values (1, 2 and whole bar rests)
  • time signatures (2, 3 and 4 beats in a bar – missing bar lines or completing a bar)
  • names of the white piano keys (even if students don’t play the piano, a knowledge of the keys of a piano can be very useful when learning theory)
  • musical signs (such as simple dynamic signs, treble and bass clefs etc.).