Theory Games!

So your 5-6 year old student has mastered the music alphabet forwards and backwards, they demonstrate full awareness of the lines and spaces on a staff, they recognize and are able to identify both treble and bass clefs... now onto note-reading. A half-dreaded feat for some music teachers as we know from our own childhood experiences with note-reading/music theory how dry this can be. BUT NO LONGER!

Try referring to notes as characters; characters who call assigned lines/spaces 'home'. Middle C is lucky because he gets to hangout between the treble and bass clefs. No one else is able to do so.

Try playing games similar to what they already know: like a music theory version of hangman -where the teacher (or student) thinks of a word -mostly containing letters from the music alpha., writes it out 'hangman style' (ie. _ O _ ), spells out the mystery letters using moveable notes on a floor staff (or draw on a whiteboard staff) and has the guesser solve the word by figuring out the notes on staff.

Wordsearch puzzles are always a hit!
This may seem pointless, but think again: having a child look for words not only reinforces their musical vocabulary, but we as teachers are able to review terms and meaning behind terms with the student. Students have even asked about words they were not yet familiar with! (also helps with English language skills including: spelling, phonics, alphabet letters, memory, reading skills...)

When the student has become more familiar with terms and meanings, Crossword puzzles should be in the mix! Even more advanced, and if the music teacher has a classroom or puts together a music party -MUSIC JEOPARDY!! :)