Blind Bugston – A grand staff note name memory game

These ‘Bugston’ themed cards cover note names on the grand staff from treble G to middle C and bass G to bass C, with matching letter cards for each one. My favourite game to play with these is note name memory but there are also other options too.

Bug theme musical memory game

Grand staff memory game for music students

There are lots of games you can play with these fun creepy crawly cards to reinforce note names on the staff, but here’s a few…

Note Name Memory – 1/2 players

Place all cards face down on a table. Turn over 2 cards at a time, trying to match pairs. If you get a pair remove them from the table. Continue until all cards are paired off.

Note Name Snap- 2 players

Divide the cards between the players and place in two piles in the middle of the table. Each player turns over 1 card from the top of their pile into the centre. If the two cards are the same, the first player to place their hand on top of them and say “SNAP!” adds all the cards in the centre to their pile. The winner is the one to collect all the cards, or the player with the most cards at the end of an allotted time.

Note Name Go Fish – 2 players

Deal out 4 cards each player, place the rest in a pile in the center. If a player has any matching pairs they should place them to the side and draw more to replace them. You, of course, do the same. When there are no more initial matches to be found, players ask for a matching card, if the other player has that card they should hand it over, if they don’t they say, “Go Fish”, and the other player draws a card from the deck. Play continues until all cards in one player’s hand are paired


  • Download the Blind Bugstons pdf.
  • Print out the cards (pages 3-10), double sided, on card if possible.
  • Cut the cards apart.
  • Laminate for durability.
  • Optionally, print the first two pages, the cover page and instructions for gameplay. I use the title page to cover the folder I keep the game in, keeps things organised and easy to find!

What’s your favourite music theory game?

Are you looking for some fresh ones to try? I’ve compiled a big list of my favourites, grouped by level in the Off-the-bench Games Catalogue post. Check it out and find a new game to enjoy with your students.

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