Studio: Beginner Reader

The fun way to improve note reading skills in music lessons

A collection of online music games ideal for beginner sight-reading. Music teachers can drag a set of notes up or down the stave into position, and customise the reading exercises for the individual. Includes a bonus companion printable piano book to replace the in-built question tools when students are ready for more.

Interactive fun

Playable on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone

These versatile games are perfect for beginners who have only learnt a few notes up to those who know the whole stave. Play ‘Don’t Wake Lenny’ and ‘Garbage Monsters’ to solidify note recognition, intervals and directional reading. Find out more below.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This website looks amazing!!! … Many thanks again for your help and for putting together such an amazing teaching resource!

— Music Teacher

Rating: 5 out of 5.

By far my favorite is studyforfive. This completely transformed my studio. The only problem is that it set the bar so high that whenever I try to bring in games from other websites to my students, now they think everything else is boring!

— Ben, Music Teacher

Music games in this online pack

Don’t Wake Lenny

Collect as many precious gems as you dare – but don’t wake Lenny the sleeping lion! Includes an in-built leaderboard. Demo further down the page!

Garbage Monsters

Are you brave enough to turn over the next monster bin? Collect points in this leaderboard game – just don’t find a red monster!

Fruit Ninja

Fly the little watermelon to safety and avoid the fruit ninjas. A game of perfect timing!

King and the Thief

Creep through the castle corridor reclaiming the treasure King John stole – but don’t wake up the dozing Knights

Treasure in the Desert

There are snakes lurking in the desert! Collect coins to win … but are you brave enough to keep going without escaping?

Supercow

Fly Sally the Supercow through the obstacles and complete her flight training. Just try not to give her a headache! Includes an in-built leaderboard.

Don’t Catch the Penguins

The title says it all! Collect as many gems as possible but watch out for those sliding penguins.

Basketball

Shoot some hoops to score points. The longer you wait the more points you score – but don’t wait too long or the timer runs out!

Bonus Resources

This pack includes a set of colourful and printable leaderboard templates and a bonus companion piano book for beginners (includes sight-reading exercises in five finger positions).

The games in this music pack have been designed for teachers to use in music lessons. All work well during in person lessons and many are ideal for online teaching using platforms like Zoom or Skype. Simply open a web browser on your computer, laptop or tablet, select a game and play!

— Created by @learnatune – Susan Leigh MA LRSM LLCM FISM

Increase engagement in music lessons

“As a teacher the drag and drop notes are incredible! I love how I can tailor it to the range of notes a beginner knows, or focus on a particular set of notes that are recent and relevant”.

Music Teacher

Created by experienced teacher
Susan Leigh MA LRSM LLCM FISM

There are so many ways music teachers can use the games in this pack. The only limit is imagination!

  • Six games have draggable notes which you can move into any position on the stave. Take the complexity out of reading and ask students to play the short line of notes in free time.
  • Two games include some simple rhythms (1, 2, 3 and 4 beat notes) and time signatures which can be dragged on to the stave.
  • All the exercises are marked by the teacher with scores out of five. This is added to the total game score.
  • The in-built exercises can easily be replaced with any sight-reading of your choice (including the bonus book) when your beginner student is ready for more.

Set up leaderboard competitions

This music pack comes with a PDF file of printable and colourful leaderboard templates for extra fun and motivation for your students! Perhaps set up a leaderboard challenge and pin up on your studio wall