‘Interval Detective’ – Card Game AND Board Game!

TWO unique and FUN Interval Games for Beginner, Elementary & Intermediate students

Help your students MASTER intervals on keyboard, BOOST keyboard geography, and IMPROVE sight reading, with these TWO versatile and fun Detective Games.

Intervals are the basic building blocks of melody and harmony so recognising intervals visually – both on the staff and on the keyboard – is an important skill for students to master.  Fluency with music intervals helps budding musicians improve intervallic sight reading, understand keyboard geography, and boost music theory skills!

This game set gives gives you two fun games to help students understand, measure, write & read musical intervals.  Additionally, it also incorporates kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learning.  The Card Game Sets are ideal to use in one-on-one music lessons.  You can use them as a lesson starter or as a change of activity half way through!  The Board Game Set extends on the Card Games, giving lots of fun repetition for optimal learning.  Ideal for group class or ‘Piano Party’ events, and it can also be played with just student and teacher in lesson time.

With the ‘COMPLETE Bundle – All 3 Sets of Cards + Printable Board Game + Online Board Game’ you will get:

  • All 3 levels of the original ‘Interval Clue Cards’:  Beginner, Elementary AND Intermediate levels.  That’s a total of 144 challenge cards, and since each card has 5 interval clues this gives you over 700 music interval quiz questions
  • The full size printable Game Board:  Make the game board large, medium, or small, you can set the size you want in your printer properties
  • Player Tokens and ‘Detective Kit’ Cards – Colourful and fun!  All ready to print and play.
  • Rules & set-up instructions for all the Card Games – Easy to play in one-on-one lesson times
  • Rules & set-up instructions for the Board Game:  Print and play rules so students can easily set it up themselves and play it as a group, therefore making it flexible to use in different learning environments.
  • A mini ‘white board’ for each of the 3 levels – These cute ‘whiteboards’ are ready to print and laminate. Useful with both the card games and board game.
  • Personal Best ‘High Score’ Boards for each student to tally up their best scores over several weeks – a great way to set longer term goals for improvement.
  • Three colourful ‘official’ Certificates of Achievement’ – one for each level.  Challenge students to collect all three certificates!
  • Teacher ‘helper key’ page included with level 3, so it’s easy to check student’s answers 😉
  • Immediate availability by digital download from your customer dashboard.  All the prep work, layout, and graphic design is done so you can just print and play.  Print it yourself or take it to a print shop – Printing instructions are all included
  • Studio Licence – allows you to print these cards for all your own students, for at home practice, if needed.

The original CARD GAME SET itself has three levels:  The beginner level focuses on interval measuring skills up to a 5th; the elementary level adds in larger intervals, up to an octave; and the intermediate level adds in interval quality.

Each Card Set includes:

  • 48 ‘Interval Clue Cards’ in each level
  • Each individual card has 5 interval clues for students to work out, to find the ‘missing note’.  This gives plenty of fresh challenges and lots of revision – with a multitude of interval questions!
  • Intervals included are both ascending and descending, reinforcing the concept of ‘high’ and ‘low’ notes, direction on the keyboard, and pitch contour in music.
  • The artwork is bright, colourful and engaging – capturing students’ attention and making it feel like a ‘real’ game.
  • A mini ‘white board’ ready to print, laminate and use with the game.  Using the whiteboard helps students connect the ‘keyboard geography’ of physical intervals on the keyboard to written music notation.  A great tool to improve sight reading!
  • Personal Best ‘High Score’ Board for each level: Give every student their own copy to keep, or display them around the room.  Make it competitive or non-competitive, you choose!
  • A colourful ‘official’ certificate of achievement that you can award to students who complete 30+ cards. Especially great to build confidence AND motivation.
  • The studio licence means you can print ‘whiteboards’, scoreboard, and card sets to give your own students – Great for online teaching too!
  • Everything is immediately available in your customer dashboard. This digital download is ready to print and play. All the printing instructions and game rules are included!

Great for Music Theory – the concept of intervals is very important across all syllabi for music theory and musicianship, grades 1 to 4

Level 1 Cards are ideal for beginners, and uses intervals 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths:

Take a look through the Level 1 Card Set below:

Level 2 Cards are great for elementary students, and extend interval concepts from 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, to 6ths, 7ths, and 8ves:

Take a look through the Level 2 Card Set below:

Level 3 Cards are great for Late Elementary & Intermediate students, using intervals up to an octave, and also adding in interval ‘quality’ (ie, major, minor, and perfect intervals)

Take a look through the Level 3 Card Set below:

Use the printable ‘Board Game Kit’ to make these detective cards more versatile and ideal for GROUP CLASSES…

Take a look through the printable ‘Board Game extension kit’ below:

May 2023 UPDATE!!  An ‘online’ version of the board game ‘extension kit’ is now available! 

Built in Google Slides, this makes it easy to use the ‘Interval Detective Board Game’ when teaching online and hybrid, either one-on-one or group classes.  This online game will work well in any online teaching platform which allows you to share screen, and share screen controls, eg, Zoom or platforms with similar sharing capabilities.

The original, printable card sets work with this online board game too – The teacher will shuffle & display the printed ‘detective cards’, while online students can take turns ‘rolling’ the video dice, and moving their own game tokens & kit cards using the online board game!

All online instructions are included – download and play this fun learning game online today!

Take a look through the Online Board Game extension kit below:

Versatile Purchase Options:

  • COMPLETE Bundle – This includes everything shown here – All three sets of the Card Games, (including the Certificates, ‘Whiteboard’ printables, and personal best score boards) AND the printable Board Game extension kit AND also the Online Board Game extension kit, all with a discount of 20%
  • BIG BUNDLE – This includes all the printables shown here: All three sets of Card Games (including the Certificates, ‘Whiteboard’ printables, and personal best score boards) AND the printable Board Game extension kit, all with a discount of 15% (Note, this set does not include the Online Board Game extension kit).
  • BIG BUNDLE – For ONLINE play: All three sets of Card Games (including the Certificates, ‘Whiteboard’ printables, and personal best score boards – in printable format) AND the ONLINE Board Game extension kit, all with a discount of 15% (Note, this set does not include the printable Board Game extension kit).
  • Full Sets of all 3 CARD GAMES –  This option includes ALL three card game sets – Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate (including the Certificates, ‘Whiteboard’ printables, and personal best score boards), all with a 10% discount
  • Alternatively, you can just get each item separately, as listed. A Studio Licence is included for each of these items. (Note: To play either of the Board Games you will also need a copy of the card game/s, at whichever levels you want to use)

A Studio Licence included with all of the options above – Great value! Buy once and print it for all your own students forever! (Studios with multiple teachers will need to purchase a digital copy for every teacher using this game.)

Print it yourself, or take it to a stationery shop.  We have designed all the files in a ready-to-print format – Printing Instructions and Game Playing Rules are all included.  And the best thing about buying a Studio Licensed product, is that when the cards start to look a bit worn, you can easily get a fresh new set, without having to buy it all again!

Looking for more interval and pitch reading resources?  Check out the links below

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  ‘Go Fish’ Card Game – Intervals

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  Interval Posters Set

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Pitch Reading Flashcards



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