The Perfect “Welcome Back” Music Boardgame – Symbol SPLASH!

What’s your favourite way to welcome students back after a break from piano?

After I catch-up with them, and find out what musical adventures they’ve had, I love to warm them up with a music boardgame.

A boardgame is a fantastic way to ease back into lessons for so many reasons.

  • It’s fun.
  • It provides a quick refresher of concepts taught before the break.
  • It gives your student some easy wins to boost their confidence.
  • It sets them up for success when there piano skills might be a little rusty.
  • It’s FUN. After a long first week back at school, this is big for my kiddos.Symbol splash music boardgame

I wanted a fresh new game for my students to come back to. As much as they enjoy all the others (such as Bananas & Ladders, Musical Meander and Landmark X’s and O’s) a new game is always just that little bit more exciting. So I got to work putting together ‘Symbol SPLASH!’.

Symbol Splash Music Theory Boardgame
Symbol splash music boardgame

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Concepts Covered

There are four levels of cards included with Symbol SPLASH!. You can print all of these and choose the most appropriate for each student, use multiple sets to play the game with unequally levelled groups of students, or print just the one you want to use.

  • Level 1: Landmark notes, simple time signatures, crotchet rest/quarter rest, minim rest/half rest, semibreve rest/whole rest, crotchets/quarter notes, minims/half notes, dotted minims/dotted half notes, semibreve/whole note, step, skip, forte, piano
  • Level 2: Landmark notes, simple time signatures, crotchet rest/quarter rest, minim rest/half rest, semibreve rest/whole rest, quavers/eighth notes, crotchets/quarter notes, dotted crotchets/dotted quarter notes, minims/half notes, dotted minims/dotted half notes, semibreve/whole note, forte, mezzo forte, fortissimo, piano, mezzo piano, pianissimo allegretto, allegro, moderato, andante, diminuendo, crescendo, slur, staccato, rallentando, ritenuto, sharp, flat, natural
  • Level 3: Landmark notes, simple time signatures, semiquaver rest/sixteenth rest, quaver rest/eighth rest, crotchet rest/quarter rest, minim rest/half rest, semibreve rest/whole rest, semiquavers/sixteenth notes, quavers/eighth notes, dotted quavers/dotted eighth notes, dotted crotchets/dotted quarter notes, dotted minims/dotted half notes, forte, mezzo forte, fortissimo, piano, mezzo piano, pianissimo, allegretto, allegro, moderato, andante, largo, adagio, cantabile, grazioso, dolce, diminuendo, crescendo, slur, staccato, accent, stress, fermata, poco rallentando, poco ritenuto, accelerando, a tempo, sharp, flat, natural, enharmonic
  • Level 4: Less common time signatures, fortissimo, pianissimo, cantabile, grazioso, dolce, decrescendo, slur, staccato, accent, stress, fermata, portato, presto, sforzando, con moto, giocoso, più mosso, pedal, maestoso, lento, marcato, espressivo, larghetto, fortepiano, alla marcia, sempre piano, sempre forte, vivace

symbol splash music boardgame

How to Assemble

  • Download the zipped folder by entering your details in the form below.
  • Print the game board, laminate if desired, and tape the two sections together.
  • Print the card either with or without the decorative backing.
  • Optionally print out the cover page and instructions. I use these to complete the pack so that it can also be part of my lending library. (More on that next week. 😉 )
  • You will also need a dice and some game tokens. Tokens could be anything such as small toys, bead, paperclips, etc.

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Symbol splash music boardgame

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How to Play

  • Start with all game tokens on the first stepping stone and the game cards face down beside the game board.
  • Player 1 rolls the dice and moves their token forward that number of stepping stones.
  • Player 1 tries to answer/identify the top card on the card pile.
  • If they answer correctly they stay put, if they don’t answer correctly they fall in the water and have to swim back to the first stepping stone.
  • Continue until one player reaches the grassy knoll.

What’s a concept you’d love to see covered in a game?

Is there something that doesn’t seem to click with your students? Perhaps something you wish you had an off-bench activity for?

15 thoughts on “The Perfect “Welcome Back” Music Boardgame – Symbol SPLASH!”

  1. Oh my goodness, Nicola, this game is so cute. I love that they get to move first and then have the tension of maybe falling in the water! I’m having a student meet ‘n greet in a couple of weeks and this will be perfect since it has lots of levels! Thank you, thank you for helping with my get-together planning!

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  2. Help: cute game with lots of concepts covered.
    My computer said” Adobe Acrobat Reader DC could not open the Symbol Splash cover page, gameboard or instructions pdf.

    It said it was either not a supported file type or because the file had been damaged. Example: it was sent as an email attachment and wasn’t correctly decoded”.
    I have no clue what they mean.
    I just know it won’t print the pieces.
    Please help me.
    Thank you for your time.

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    • Hi Ethelyn, sorry you’re having trouble. If you look under “How to Assemble” you’ll now see separated pdf files for each element. Can you try clicking on those links and see if that works better for you?

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  3. Love this game! I particularly like that you can modify the game according to student knowledge/ability. Would it be possible to get a pdf. of the symbol card pieces?
    Thanks!

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