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Complete Guide – How to Use Boom Cards Online Music Games for the Classroom

Music Literacy Boom Cards are online music games for the classroom, homeschool, or studio that teach music reading and performance skills.

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Whether you’re an elementary music teacher, a homeschooling parent, or manage a music studio, Boom Cards online music games are the perfect addition to your teaching repertoire. Boom Cards are a valuable supplemental tool that challenges and motivates your students as they develop and assess the music skills they need to become life-long musicians.

In this collection of articles, we’ll explore how to effectively use Music Boom Cards to enhance your music education strategies whether you are teaching hundreds of students or only one.

Computer screen with rhythm Dictation Boom Cards displayed

Everything You Need to Know About Music Boom Cards

We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about how to use Music Literacy Boom Cards in your music classroom, homeschool, and/or studio. If you’re a music teacher or someone passionate about music education, Music Boom Cards are the perfect tool to elevate your teaching and hook your students.

The game-like atmosphere motivates students to work to improve their scores and develop music reading and ear training skills.

Valuable Online “Games” for Elementary Music Classes

Our Music Literacy Boom Cards aren’t just basic recall games. They feature higher-level learning with activities such as rhythmic and melodic dictation, pattern recognition, and more. These activities require a synthesis of information, discrimination of sounds, and the use of symbolic notation.

To get started with Music Boom Cards, you’ll need to create a free account on BoomLearning.com. If you don’t have an account yet, begin with the post 1 below. If you already have a Boom account, browse through this post for some helpful tips and ideas for using them with your students.

Be sure to take a look at Post 3 – Innovative Ways to Use Boom Cards in Music Classes.

1. Simple Steps to Get Started Using Music Boom Cards

If you’ve never used Boom Cards before, begin with this post where you’ll learn what a valuable tool they can be for your elementary and middle school music lesson plans.

  • What are Boom Cards?
  • Advantages of using Boom Cards
  • See a video of Boom Cards in action
  • Learn how to redeem and assign Boom Cards with the FastPin option  

These interactive resources add a dynamic element to your classes, making learning to read music fun and engaging.

See more: Simple Steps to Get Started Using Music Boom Cards

2. Free Elementary Music Teacher Video Tutorials

This post includes 5 brief and focused video tutorials designed to assist you in areas where you might need support. Each video features clickable time stamps, allowing you to easily navigate to a specific section or element.

  • Video 1 – Are Boom Cards Beneficial?
  • Video 2 – Boom Cards Basics
  • Video 3 – From the Students’ View
  • Video 4 – How to Use Boom Cards with Manipulatives
  • Video 5 – Differentiation is Easy with Boom Cards

See more: Free Video Tutorials for Elementary Music Teachers

3. Innovative Ways to Use Boom Cards in Music Classes

You don’t need a 1:1 device setup for each student to use Boom Cards. Be creative and explore different methods for incorporating them into your music classes.

My favorite way to use these valuable activities is by displaying the questions on the classroom whiteboard and having all students construct the answer to every question using simple manipulatives.

This article provides fun ways to incorporate Boom Cards in a large class setting using a few commonplace materials while dealing with limited technology.

See more: Innovative Ways to Use Boom Cards in Music Classes

4. How to Use Boom Cards to Develop and Assess Music Reading Skills

Boom Cards are NOT the best way to introduce new musical elements. Once you’ve introduced and practiced a specific musical element with song-based lessons, your students are prepared to use the corresponding Boom Cards for practice and assessment.

This post includes a suggested sequence for integrating Music Literacy Boom Cards into your curriculum depending upon the levels of your students.

See more: How to Use Boom Cards to Develop and Assess Music Reading Skills

5. Free Boom Cards to Build Music Reading Skills

If you haven’t given our Music Literacy Boom Cards a try yet, our complimentary primer sets are an ideal starting point. Try out a few of these free decks with your students.

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See more: Elementary Music Lesson Plans: Free Boom Cards to Build Music Skills

Online Music Games Have Never Been More Educational

Music Literacy Boom Cards are a valuable supplemental tool for the music classroom, homeschool, and private studio setting. Help your students become life-long musicians who are musically literate and enjoy the learning process.

💡 Browse Music Literacy Online Boom Cards Games

Click to browse our Music Literacy Boom Cards and find the perfect online music games for your classroom, homeschool, and/or studio.

Boom Cards are economical. As a purchasing teacher, you have permission to use each set of Boom Cards with all of your students. (You do NOT have to purchase a set for each student.)

A Note About Copyright. You may not share our sets on a public platform or with other teachers. If you assign activities online, share through your school’s LMS, email, or other private platform.

Meet the Author

Terri Lloyd is a former elementary music teacher with over 25 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Science in Education, and a Technology Certificate in Instructional Design.

She is currently active in music education through blogging, workshops, and curriculum development. She serves on the music staff at her church and volunteers for an after-school children’s program. Terri is an active musician in the community, performing in a local Big Band, pit orchestras, and various events.

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