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Gaming or playing computer games is often blamed for preventing children from pursuing more productive activities. The challenge here is that gaming appeals to children because it’s fun.

That’s the reason why learning has today been taken to the gaming platform so that kids have their fun and get to learn something new while they’re at it. The great news is that this also applies to music education.

There are so many online resources available today that combine interactive gaming with instrumental lessons and music teaching. This would be very useful if your child is having a hard time staying engaged during practice sessions, for instance, because the gaming element holds her attention for longer.

Kathy Gossen provides a great resource that you can use to identify good music education games available online in her ultimate list:

cornerstoneconfessions ultimate listHaving a background as a music teacher, I often get the asked what resources are available for homeschoolers to grow in their music studies. As such, today I’d like to share with you an Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games available for FREE to public and homeschoolers alike to have fun while learning more about music. Whether playing via iPad, SmartBoard, or laptop, each resource provides supportive games and activities to reinforce music concepts at home. Via Cornerstone Confessions

She even organizes them for you into six categories: aural training, composers, composition, instruments, notation, symbols/vocabulary and variety:

  1. Aural training

These are meant to enhance your child’s ability to recall musical patterns, distinguish them from others, identify instruments based on the sounds they produce and imitate rhythms among others.

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  1. Composers

Any proper music education comes with its fair share of history classes. These games will help your child enjoy learning about composers, taking the boredom out of memorization.

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  1. Composition

These give your little genius the chance to get her juices flowing

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  1. Musical instruments

Practicing an instrument is a rewarding process, but it can also become frustrating. Adding a gaming element makes the learning process more fun and interactive, building your child’s confidence.

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  1. Notation

These are designed to help your child identify notes on the staff (treble clef or bass clef) or on instruments (particularly piano keys).

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  1. Symbols and Vocabulary

These help children match musical elements with their proper definitions, and how different symbols affect what’s done during a performance.

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  1. Variety

These are websites that are not limited to any particular aspect of music education, but instead one or more elements and instruments.

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Unboxing education through gaming, playing, and making: Lucien Vattel at TEDxIndianapolis

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