BaseballNoteRace     Baseball Keyboard Race

This game is absolutely the best way to identify the piano keys quickly. Even if you think you don’t have time for games in your lesson, you have time for this one! It’s fast and fun.

When I posted my first keyboard race game, I had no idea that using erasers to learn piano keys was going to become so popular! From the beginning, my goal has been to revolutionize piano lessons into something more fun and engaging by using hands-on activities that are educational. The fact is, children of all ages retain information and learn faster when the learning medium is fun.

I have never posted keyboard cards for this time of the year. I have pumpkins, elves, shamrocks, and snowflakes, but nothing for the spring and summer. So here they are! As a bonus, this game coordinates with the Let’s Play Ball worksheet, so you can use them together. It takes me so long to draw something, I like to use the art again!

For those of you who are new to teaching, here are the directions to the game. I don’t use the cards with the sharps and flats for beginners, but they come in handy when students get to that point in their music education.


  • To quickly identify piano keys.
  • To identify middle C.
  • Optional: to identify B flat and F sharp.


  • Piano keyboard.
  • Keyboard Race Cards.
  • Two tokens (Inexpensive erasers will not damage your keyboard.)


  • This is a two-player game, usually the teacher and student.
  • The teacher sits on the right side and the students sits on the left side of the piano bench, at each end of the piano. The students chooses if he/she wants to play with the “glove” or “baseball” cards.
  • Each player has one set of cards and one token, and places the their cards on the piano book rack. Shuffle the cards well.
  • The first player turns a card and moves his token to that piano key, the closest to his end of the piano.  The second player does the same.
  • Play continues with each player drawing a card and moving his token toward the middle of the keyboard.
  • The game is over when one player passes the middle of the keyboard. I like to use middle C with my young students.
  • Note: The player on the right side (treble end) usually loses, so that’s where I sit. Games are more fun for students if they win.

Why I like this game

  • My students love it and want to play it over and over.
  • It is the fastest and most fun way to learn keyboard names.

If you want to see cards for other times of the year, here are some links.

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3 thoughts to “Baseball Keyboard Race

  • Hope

    Love the concept! I’ve been trying to come up with games that are actually at the keyboard. I think this will work great for my 8 y.o. boy student that’s just starting and the keyboard note names are coming slower than other aspects. Plus my 5 y.o. girl student specifically requested an Easter game 🙂 so I adapted this and created an Easter version! Was hoping to share it but I can’t include attachments in the comments. But email me if you want the Easter version I’d be happy to share it. I’m looking forward to trying this game out with both of them this coming week! Thank you!

  • Heidi N

    Thank you for another fun game. I’ve been using the shamrock and snowflake cards lately and adapted the game for different levels of students to help them review chord progressions. Before moving to the key, they had to play the I Chord or I-IV-I-V-I chord progression correctly in that key (depending on their experience). They were much more careful with their keyboard skills because of the game!

    • Susan Paradis

      Thanks for the suggestion, Heidi. I’ve never really thought to use the cards for anything else, but that is a great idea.


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