Bass Clef Note Reading Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Reading music can be a difficult skill for beginning musicians, as it requires a lot of practice to memorize and identify specific notes. Use these games to help students practice reading the notes of the bass clef.

It's All About That Bass

When students hear the word 'bass,' they most likely think about a bass guitar or the low vibrations of a car radio when the bass is turned up on the radio. The bass clef is actually a collection of musical notes that have a lower pitch than those of the treble clef. As students learn about bass clef notes, they can begin to read music and in turn become more comfortable singing or playing an instrument.

Let's look at some games to help students with reading bass clef notes.

Introducing the Base Clef Notes

To introduce the base clef notes to the students, show the class a chart of the notes on the bass clef staff. Discuss the bass clef notes that rest on the lines of the staff. Identify the name of each note and play an example of what it sounds like either using audio clips or by playing them on an instrument. Repeat the same process with the notes found in the spaces of the staff. Review and refer to this introduction as needed before, during, or after each game.

Base Clef Mnemonics


  • Labeled chart showing the bass clef notes on the staff
  • Dry-erase boards
  • Dry-erase markers

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