Teaching Intermediate Time Signatures with the SNAPPEROO

When it comes to intermediate music theory studies, it can be more difficult to find direct applications of the time signatures in repertoire. Yes, these intermediate time signatures will come up, but not as often as the beginning time signatures.

Intermediate time signature game for music students

This is why I thought it would be a good idea to put together a game to practice the intermediate time signatures. Because intermediate music students should be having fun too – not just stuck in a theory book the whole time.

How to Play

  • Divide the deck in half between the two players.
  • The players should sit side by side, facing the same direction.
  • On the count of three, each player turns over a card from their pile (forming two stacks).
  • If a card has a time signature error, a player can put their hand on top of that pile (either their own or the other player’s) and say SNAPPEROO!
  • This player wins that pile of cards.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards in their deck when the time is up.

Teaching Intermediate Time Signatures with the SNAPPEROO


  • To assemble this game:
  • Print out the game cards (pages 3–6).
  • Print the optional backing if desired (page 7).
  • Cut the cards apart along the dotted lines.
  • Laminate if desired.

Intermediate music theory game

Download Time Signature Snapperoo!

I hope you have fun with this game – I know it’s been a hit in my studio so far. 🙂

Vibrant Music Teaching members, you can access this resource inside the VMT library. Not a member yet? Find out more about becoming a member here.

Intermediate Time Signatures Flipped Learning Video

In these videos, I teach students about intermediate time signatures, using examples and explaining in simple language that students can understand.

Feel free to send these videos to parents for their kids to watch, use it in group lessons or as part of lab time.

USA Version

International Version

These videos are designed to be clear and concise so that students can watch them – and then get on with some writing work for reinforcement. Saving you time to do fun activities during the lesson time.

These videos correlate directly to Thinking Theory Book Three page 15. View the full Thinking Theory series here and see what makes these workbooks so special.

More Flipped Thinking Theory

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Do you play games with intermediate students?

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