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We play online music games with the family

We all know that technology is not just about fun and social media but it can also serve education. So in this blog we made a research for you and we present some online music games that can keep children busy but also educate them.

Therefore, the human factor is really important for the education. For that reason we are giving some activities that parents/adults can do at home with the children that are connected with these online games.

In this game you can see the instruments' pictures and you have to match it with the sound you are listening to. You can discuss with your children and decide in which category each instrument belongs, the strings, wood winds, brass or percussion. For your guidance were is the list with the instruments presented.

Strings: violin,viola, cello, Bass, piano, Harpsichord) - piano's ancestor, Harp.

Brass Instruments: tuba, trombone, trumpet, French Horn

Wood Winds: clarinet, oboe, flute, Bassoon

Percussion: timpani, cymbals.

For every instrument we give you a video link with a real instrument playing. The videos show musicians playing different types of music in different places, not only music halls. Further, some videos show very young children playing the music, and this is something that can trigger children's interest and curiosity. Play this game with your children and check if you are also able to recognize the music instruments. You can extend your knowledge by playing also Guess the Instrument.

In this game, Alice in Wonderland tries to walk on a stair. Each step has a different sound that we can listen by clicking our mouse on the step. In circle round the picture there are various objects that produce different sounds. When an index finger pass around the circle meets an object the sound of each object is produced. It is important to mention that we can also listen to various sounds parallel to these, so the players needs to concentrate to distinguish the specific sound. Alice can walk on the next stop only if we manage to match her sound with the right object.

You can play this game with all the family at home. Simply, find various objects that produce sounds when you hit them. Players should close the eyes and one is hitting on of the objects. Then the players have to guess which object he played. The game can become more difficult by adding more objects and by playing more sounds every time.

Similar game for more demanding players since it combines memory skills with music skills is the Note Pair.

With this game you can all practice your music skills. Small ascending or descending melodies are played and the players have to decide if they are going up or down and choose the correct answer.

This might seem like a simple procedure but it is very important skill. Encourage children to sing the melodies before they choose the answer. Furthermore, you can sing with them the musical phrases in different funny voices and that will bring more funny for all the players. Children love to make different voices coming creatures of their fantasy.

This game is for those who are acquainted with music reading and can recognize the notes. The players have to listen to a melody and then choose which music score matches to it.

This activity can be a game for home. Those who have a music instrument can play a small melody and ask from the children to repeat it. Of course for this activity you need to be more acquainted with instrument playing, Parents can ask from their children to challenge them by playing a small phrase and ask the parents to guess it and repeat it.

Children really enjoy these kind of challenges.

For the children that are younger and probably not that skilled in reading music notation you can ask them to connect with a 'magic' line the notes on the stave. Then they draw this line on a paper. They have to write both music lines. When they listen to music ask them to move their finger on the lines they draw before and choose which 'melodic line' is the right one.

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