Let’s face it; kids can get easily distracted or disengaged when taking piano lessons. After all, repeating scales and chords over and over again can get tedious—not to mention boring.

Many parents feel stuck or unsure of how they can help their child succeed at playing the piano. Parents who don’t know how to read or play music, sometimes have a hard time helping their child practice at home.

Luckily, there are tons of ways in which you can help your child practice, while also making it fun! Whether your child takes piano lessons at home or online, there are a variety of educational piano practice games you and your child can play together.

Not only will these piano practice games help supplement your child’s piano lessons, but you and your child will be learning something fun and new together.

Note: This list of piano practice games requires parents to know some basic musical knowledge. These games are also great for piano teachers.

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Piano Practice Tips

For kids to improve and develop their piano skills, they must supplement their piano lessons by practicing at home. After all, practice makes perfect! Below are various piano practice tips you can follow to ensure that your child practices efficiently at home.

  • Create a comfy practice space

    Create a comfortable and quiet piano practice space where your child can concentrate. Having your piano located in the living room where your child can easily get distracted isn’t a good idea.

  • Schedule Practice Sessions

    Get your child into a routine in which he or she practices at a certain time every week. Whether it’s every Tuesday before dinner or every Friday before school, designating a specific time will ensure that your child stays on track.

  • Stay organized

    The key to getting the most out of piano practice is to stay organized. Make sure that your child’s piano teacher provides him or her with a daily practice plan so that he or she knows exactly what to focus on at home.

  • Keep a practice journal

    Help your child log each piano practice session in a journal. Be sure to include what he or she practiced as well as how long. Not only will this hold your child accountable, but it’s also a great way for him or her to track his or her progress.

  • Set achievable goals

    Set some small, achievable goals at home. For example, 30 minutes of uninterrupted piano practice is rewarded with a treat. In doing so, your child feels motivated to practice and, more importantly, a sense of accomplishment.

  • Keep Things Interesting

    To avoid having your child get bored, make sure you mix up his or her piano practice routine. For example, have your child practice exercises away from the piano. For example, listen to music together or play some games!

Piano Practice Games

So, how can you support your child during piano lessons? Below are 20+ fun and educational piano practice games that will help your child develop various piano skills, such as ear training, reading music, and more.

Musical Jenga

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Design your own musical Jenga. Start by taking an old Jenga set and labeling the blocks with different notes, accidentals, and symbols. The more your child plays the game, the better he or she will become at recognizing important notes and symbols.

Swat the Staff

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Create a staff on a poster board and attached it to the wall or lay it flat on the group. Give your child a flyswatter and ask him or her to stand in front of the staff. When you call out a specific letter, the child will turn around and swat the line or space that a note with that pitch name would be on.

Spell a Keyboard

Start by designing your own keyboard. You can print one out online or make your own. Using the letters of the piano (A-G), make several flashcards with simple two or seven-lettered words; for example, “bag”. The child will choose a flashcard, then spell the word out on the keyboard.

Rhythm Eggs

Draw or label each egg shaker with a certain rhythm. The child will then have to shake the egg according to the designated rhythm. To add an extra challenge, have the child pick up two eggs and shake the different rhythms at the same time!

Lego Chords

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Take some old Legos you have around the house, and write a note on each one. Then ask your child to find three blocks to make a “C Chord,” three blocks to make a “G Chord, etc. For a challenge, mix up the blocks with sharps and flats. Have your child play these combinations on the piano to see if he or she sounds correct.

Giant Keyboard

Make your own giant keyboard out of construction paper or draw keys on an old white sheet. Your child will have fun “playing” different tunes by jumping on the keys. Teaching kids piano concepts using physical play and allowing them to let out some steam helps them sit still later on during more concentrated lessons.

Basketball Rhythm

Set up a basketball hoop. Clap a rhythm. If the child can successfully “clap it back” he or she gets to shoot a basket. Now it’s his or her turn to clap a rhythm for you. If you successfully “clap it back” you get to shoot a basket. The first one to 10 wins!

Rhythmic Bingo

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Make your own bingo cards with different notes and rhythms on each square. After you play, call out, or tap a certain rhythm, your child will check his or her board to see if it’s present. If it is, he or she will place a penny on the appropriate square. The first person with five pennies in a row wins!

Spot the Mistake

Start by showing students the proper piano hand positions, then ask them to close their eyes while you set up your hands with one obvious mistake; for example, a flat hand. Once you’re ready, ask students to open their eyes and spot the mistake.

Solfege Twister

Create your own Twister board using four different colors. Each color can represent an octave; for example, C3, C4, and C5. Then create 6-8 dots of color to represent a solfege symbol; for example, do, re, mi, and fa. When a note is played, your child will place his or her hand or foot on the appropriate squares. If multiple pitches are played like a chord, challenge the student to put a body part on each color/note.

Forbidden Key

Designate a “Forbidden Key” on the piano. As your child plays scales, he or she has to avoid the “Forbidden Key” and continue on during both the ascending scale and the descending scale. If he or she touches it, he or she must perform 10 finger push-ups.

Simon Says

Take on the role of “Simon” and issue instructions to your child. For example, when you play a short melody with three or four notes, your child must repeat what you played. You can go as slow or fast as you want depending on the skill level of your child.

Flash Cards

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Start by making large cards with rhythms and pitches, and coat them in plastic. Then spread them out on the floor. When you play a rhythm or pitch on the piano, the student must run and tag the appropriate card. This is a great piano practice game for learning how to read music and training the ear.

Quarters

To improve your child’s piano hand position, place a quarter on the top of each hand. Tell your child that he or she must play an entire song without the quarter falling off. If they succeed, they get to keep the quarter or choose a prize.

Roll the Dice

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Cover a large square box with white construction paper to look like a life-sized dice. On each side of the dice, draw a note or a rhythm. Have your child roll the dice and play whatever note or rhythm is rolled on the piano.

DYI Piano

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Gather up a bunch of old household items or cardboard boxes that you don’t need anymore. Using a picture of a keyword as a guide, help your child build his or her very own piano keyboard out of the scraps. Make sure that he or she isn’t forgetting the various parts of the piano.

Color Me In

Print out a picture of a piano keyboard in which your child can color. There are a ton of examples online that you can print out. Assign a different color to a specific part of the piano. For example, red for the C, green for the A, and blue for B. If your child is young, show them an example of a picture that you’ve already colored in for reference.

Deck of Cards

Pre-select cards numbered 4-9. Have your child pick a card and play a tricky passage the number of times specified on the card. For example, if the child chooses the number four card, he or she will play a particular song four times.

Pick a Card

Create 10-15 flashcards with different notes and rhythms and place them in a hat. Ask your child to close his or her eyes and choose a card from the hat. Whatever card he or she chooses, he or she will have to play on the piano. You can even add in bonus cards to the mix with prizes!

Musical Hopcotch

Take some chalk and draw a hopscotch board on the driveway. In each square, draw a different note. Then create “musical dice” in which you draw a note on each side of the dice. After you roll the dice, your child will hopscotch to whatever note was rolled.

Who Am I?

Every month, assign your child a famous piano player or composer. After researching the individual, the child will stand in front of the family while others family members ask him or her questions about the individual. The child must answer the questions as if he or she were the famous piano player or composer.

This post was contributed by TakeLessons teacher Liz T. Liz teaches piano, singing, and acting lessons in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in vocal performance and has a graduate certificate in arts administration from New York University. Learn more about Liz here.

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