Sorry! It’s a Musical Game! 🎵🎹


Here at Small Town Music Lessons, we spend time at the piano reviewing and learning pieces and songs, doing a great amount of music theory, covering technique, and playing games.

A few games I’ve adapted come from the familiar, fun, fascinating, original… I use many pieces from popular, well-loved games and give them a “musical twist”. I’ve played quite a few adaptations with my students - the games among them… Hi Ho Cherry-O, Candyland, Jenga, Don't Break the Ice, Bingo, and many more.

I’d like to write about my adapted musical version of the beloved board game "Sorry". Enjoy, and contact me with questions if you'd like. I'm sure the students would love hearing from anyone who visits this page - we've worked hard to bring forth a game we all enjoy, tweaked just a little to be thoroughly about music. I’ll add details and specifics here as time allows. Thanks!

Sorry! It’s a Musical Game! 🎵🎹


To answer one teacher's questions...

Yes :) Bumping applies, when landing on or sliding past another player’s token.
They can get out of "Start" with any card, and it's fun to see how students strategize whether to race around with one piece at a time or to bring all pieces out into play. I kept rules simple so all they're basically doing is reviewing flashcards (without realizing it).
Gameplay is best with 4 players, rather than 2 or 3, but nothing has stopped us from pulling out the game when we have about 10 minutes to spare or when a student suddenly needs a routine change and could benefit from reviewing the music staff notes.
We often pair the actions in the game with application by drawing the matching note on a whiteboard or naming an interval (different set of cards), or even creating a very strange melody for sight reading later.
Anytime I can make a mundane task fun, I'll do it - as long as the fun doesn't diminish the quality or quantity of actual piano and music theory work necessary to learn. When students are enjoying the task at hand, they won't mind doing what might normally be boring.
By the end, your students will be flying through their flashcards or tasks with ease, feeling great about their skills, confident with their music, and ready to tackle the next great thing you present to them.

  • Make the activity fun and they will love it!
  • Make the activity educational and they will learn.
  • Make the activity memorable and they will ask to do it again and again - and you will rest assured they are reviewing and reinforcing without hesitation.

Thanks for joining us, and feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or additions!

🎹 It’s fun to play “Musical Sorry”! 🎵