CPTP080: Beginner Piano Teaching Games with Nicola Cantan

piano teaching games

Playing games is one of the best ways to get young kids engaged. Whether they’re learning about music or maths, gamified learning is effective and fun.

Planning piano teaching games into your lessons will mean your students learn theory concepts more quickly. Games based learning is what children are set up for!

They’ll also be even more excited to come to lessons. Kids love interacting and learning through play and you’ll build more rapport with your students in the process.


Here today to tell us about her favourite piano teaching games, the effect they have in her studio, and how you can gamify your teaching is Nicola Cantan. Nicola shares tons of her creative and outside-the-box teaching ideas on her blog Colourful Keys.

Let’s get more piano students off that bench and giggling with some piano teaching games.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • What games can do for your piano students
  • The value of games for learning music theory
  • When to use different types of games & activities
  • How to get started if you’re nervous of playing games
  • Why you need to teach on your students’ level
  • How games can build relationships with young students
  • Some of Nicola’s favourite games to use in her studio
  • What’s included in today’s free games download
  • Where you can find even more games to cover any concept

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Do you use games in your piano studio?

Do your kids get time off the bench during their lessons? Or do you only use games in group lessons or workshops?

What’s your favourite game or off bench activity?

Today’s Free Download

You can download the Gamified Piano Teaching Powerpack by filling in the form below. This powerpack includes the three games mentioned today: Dynamic Dynamo, Signature Sprint and Line, Space, Leapfrog. You’re not going to want to miss out on these awesome games.

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