Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Musical Games for DS

I've had several discussions with parents over the past few weeks on how we can work together to motivate kids to practice and internalize what they learn in lessons. When one of my students showed up for her lessons yesterday with her DS in hand, it got me thinking, "I bet there are some great musically-oriented DS games out there!"

I took a little time to look around this morning and see what I could find, and here's what I came up with. I'd love to hear from other teachers OR students/parents who might have used these games or have others to add to the list. These would make great studio incentives if you're a teacher who uses incentive programs.

Rhythm Heaven : This game concentrates solely on rhythm, and looks to be an especially great choice for students who need a little extra work developing a good sense of pulse.

Easy Piano DS: While not as highly rated as Rhythm Heaven, this game is perfect for the creative musical student. In addition to developing musical skills, you can create and store your own compositions!

Kids Learn Music: With a 5-star rating from Amazon, this game is an excellent, interactive way to learn about music from all over the world, while improving basic musical skills.


  1. How timely! I was recently given a DS from someone for free, and I was thinking about looking for some music games so I could put it in my waiting room area. Thanks for posting this!

  2. WOW! Aren't you lucky ;) ?! I'd love it if you would comment with feedback if you buy any of these games- and if you find any others I'd LOVE to know about those as well. I was specifically looking for a game that helped to drill note names and intervals.Most of these seem to focus on rhythm.