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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!