88 free music games online in 2020
Music teachers, both private and school, have been handed a huge challenge by the coronavirus: deliver lessons online and do it now.
We know how hard this is and so, to help, here’s a list of 70 free music education games online, categorised and individually checked to ensure they still work.
Many of these games are built on Flash which is going out of favour with modern browsers, that’s why we also included an easy guide on enabling Flash.
How to make the games work (Flash)
When you first visit many of these games you will be greeted by an error message that will look similar to this:
Here’s how to enable Flash and get past this hurdle:
Laptops & Desktops (Win or Mac)
If you don’t already have Google Chrome, download it here then install it (it’s the best browser).
Open the Chrome content settings by copying the following text, pasting it into Chrome and pressing return (or enter):
Click the menu item called Flash, as seen in this screenshot:
Click the toggle to change the Flash setting from ‘Block sites…’ as per this screenshot:
To ‘Ask first” as seen here:
When you go to one of the games below, you’ll see one of a couple of notices about enabling Flash or downloading it. Downloading is not required, but by clicking on the download icon, or the enable message, Chrome will ask you if you wish to enable Flash, to which you say yes.
Here are the two Flash messages you may encounter:
And when you click on these you’ll see this prompt:
Click ‘Allow’ and then your game will appear.
If you don’t see a prompt like this or clicking doesn’t work then click the icon next to the page URL in the address bar of Chrome (usually a padlock), then change the Flash setting to ‘Allow’, as shown in this screenshot:
You may need to reload the page, but your game will now work.
Mobiles & Tablets
There’s no free solution to accessing Flash games on the iOS operating system for iPads and iPhones. However, there is a cost-effective app that works, it’s called Puffin Browser Pro.
On your iOS device, go to the App Store and search for Puffin browser, then purchase it (it’s $4.99 USD at time of writing). Next, browse back to this page using Puffin browser and all the games listed here should work.
To play these Flash games on Android devices (phones and tablets), you have two options. Firstly, to install the FlashFox browser (for free) which comes with Flash enabled, or second, to install both the Firefox browser and Adobe Flash Player individually.
What’s the difference? FlashFox is easier to install and should be your first option. If for some reason it doesn’t work on your device, try Firefox + Adobe Flash Player.
Option 1: FlashFox
Open the Play Store and install FlashFox then use it to come back to this page to access the games you wish to play.
Option 2: Adobe Flash Player & FireFox
- Open the Settings menu on your device
- Tap Security (Applications in older Android versions)
- Select Unknown Sources and enable it (tap OK to continue)
- Now download Adobe Flash Player and for those with older Android versions find your corresponding Flash Player version here.
- Once that has downloaded, open Notifications.
- Select install_flash_player.apk.
- Now tap Install and once that’s complete tap Done.
- Lastly, go to the Play Store and install Firefox.
With this done you can now visit this page in your new browser and play all the games.
Music composition games
This section contains various games that enable students to compose music and rhythms without needing a real instrument.
Ear training games
This section includes games that train the ear to recognise notes, sounds and tones.
Musical composers games
In this section, we list games that help students to learn about classical music composers and their works.
Musical vocabulary games
This section lists games that help students to learn music vocabulary either through recognition or via more practical demonstrations.
Musical instrument games
For students who would like to know more about instruments in general, this section is perfect. Through games, guides and quizzes, students will learn while having fun.
Musical notation games
This section is full of fun and interesting ways for students to improve their knowledge of musical notation.
This section contains games that either involve creating rhythms or matching rhythms.
Here are a couple of extra music games that we really liked but which didn’t exactly fit into another classification.
Carnegie Hall: Interactive Music Map for Dvorak's Symphony No.9
This game provides a unique visual interpretation of a piece of music using animated images, activities, and stories.
We hope this list saves music teachers and students a lot of time and research, and helps everyone on their way to musical success.
If you know of music games we’ve not listed above, feel free to leave a comment to let everyone know.