Whack a Note!

A Fun Way to Learn Musical Notes



Having trouble with a level, or want to return to the place you left?

On the title screen, type "UNLOCK" to pull up the level select screen.

Don't just skip forward though, the later levels get super hard!

This interactive game explores different musical notes, their sounds and their position on the treble clef.

Age range: Good for 7-9 year olds

Estimated Time: Give yourself some time! This interactive takes about 20 minutes to complete. 

Key Technology: This interactive is most effective when each student has access to a computer on which he or she can play the game independently. If multiple computers are not available, consider setting up stations and rotating students through them so that they each have a chance to play the game by themselves.

Think About

Reading Strategy:

Before you get started, think of what you already know about music notes and their sounds. Keep this in mind as you play the game.

As you play, stay focused on your purpose. Find out what the different music notes are, what they sound like and where they are located on the treble clef.

After you play the game, make some flash cards. Place each note on the treble clef in its appropriate location and then quiz yourself to see if you can remember which is which!


  • Draw a treble clef and place the following notes on it: E, G, B, D, F, A, C, E.

Critical Thinking

  • Imagine that you are in charge of writing the music for different movie scenes. What notes and sounds do you think would be best for a scary scene? A funny scene?


  •  Create your own musical composition using the different music notes you just learned from the game. Write two bars of music and have a classmate play it back to you.

Quiz Yourself!

  • Make flash cards of each musical note and its placement on the treble clef. Mix up the cards and quiz yourself to see how well you know your notes!

Learn More

Dig Deeper

Learn more about reading music at these web sites:

For the Educator

Happy or Sad?

  • Distribute two paper plates to each student. Have students create a happy face on one plate and a sad face on the other plate. To help students understand the different moods that musical notes can evoke, have students hold up the happy or sad face plate to match the music notes you play on the piano or other instrument. Play for them two complete compositions, one that should evoke feelings of happiness and another that should make them feel sad. Discuss the different emotions and moods that specific music notes can convey.

Acronyms / Mnemonic Devices

  • Instead of the tried and true “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” and FACE to learn the notes on the lines and in the spaces of the treble clef, have students create their own mnemonic devices to remember the order of the letters and notes.


This activity is designed to help students recognize music notes as they appear on a treble clef. Students will “whack” the appropriate note with the computer mouse cursor. 

Instructional Strategies

  • This interactive lends itself to individual game play which can be followed by class discussion. Many games can be played to reinforce students’ understanding of the different values of various music notes.
  • Have students compose a few bars of music on this web site: http://www.flashmusicgames.com/ Students will begin to associate notes’ sounds with their placement on sheet music. You may choose to do this using a projector so that the entire class can see or to have students work individually using headphones.
  • For educators looking to help students learn the piano, this rainbow piano activity may be helpful.  http://ababasoft.com/music/rainbow_piano.html



Daniella Garran
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