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Bandemonium: Educational Music Game

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This is an educational game where students can learn about instrument types and categories.

  • Select the play mode you want to play from between explore, sort and play.
  • Scroll through the instruments you want to play or learn about.





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Bandemonium Music Playing Game for Kids Game Play Instructions

How to Play

Explore the musical instruments and learn about making music.

  • Starting the Game
    • Click on the yellow and white button on the game loading screen to go to the welcome screen.
    • Click on the teal, white and gold button at the bottom of the welcome screen to load the game mode selection screen.
      • Choose your game mode: explore, sort, or play.
      • Explore – explore the different types of instruments and the sounds they make.
      • Sort – sort the instruments into the correct categories.
      • Play – create your own band by selecting an instrument from each category.
      • Once again click on the teal, white, and gold button.
  • Game Controls
    • Desktop
      • Use your mouse left click button to scroll through in game navigation and select instruments to play.
    • Touchscreen devices
      • Tap on the screen with your finger to use it like a mouse.
  • Game Play
    • From within any game mode you can return to the mode select screen using the home icon in the upper left corner.
    • Explore
      • Click on each instrument category to learn more about it. Then click on the right arrow in the lower right corner to enter that category of instrument. When inside each instrument use the circle arrow buttons to rotate through the instruments. Press the back button from within an instrument category to go back to the main “Pick a Category” page.
        • Brass – Brass instruments produce sound when musicians blow air into them by vibrating their lips into the cup-shaped mouthpiece. The instruments produce different notes when the valves are pressed or when the slide is moved (on a trombone).
          • French Horn – Musicians place their hand inside the bell of a French horn to control the sound that the instrument produces.
          • Trombone – A trombone is the only instrument in the brass family that uses a slide instead of valves to change notes.
          • Trumpet – A trumpet is often used in military bands. Musicians create sounds by pressing on the instrument’s buttons, which are called valves.
          • Tuba – A tuba is the largest instrument in the brass family, and also produces the lowest notes of the instruments in this category.
        • Keyboard – Keyboard instruments are often in a category of their own, and produce sound in many different ways. All keyboard instruments are similar, however, because they all use the musical keyboard.
          • Accordion – The accordion was invented in 1822 in Germany by Friedrich Buschmann.
          • Organ – Musicians who play the organ use all ten fingers as well as their feet to play the instrument.
          • Piano – The piano was invented in Italy in 1709 by Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori.
          • Synthesizer – A synthesizer is an electronic piano that can create a wide variety of sounds.
        • Percussion – Percussion instruments produce sound when musicians strike them with a stick, a mallet, or even hands. Some percussion instruments, such as drums, typically establish the rhythm in a song. Other percussion instruments, such as the steel drums, provide the melody of a song.
          • Conga – Congas are normally played with a musician’s hands, but can also be played with sticks.
          • Drum Set – Drum sets consist of 2 to 5 different drums, as well as different cymbals.
          • Marimba – In some countries, marimbas are known as “marimbaphones.”
          • Steel Drum – The steel drums became the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago in 1992.
        • Strings – String instruments produce sound when musicians vibrate the strings with a bow, a pick, or even their fingers. The vibrations of the strings are amplified by the instrument’s hollow body (like on a violin) or by magnetic pickups (like on a bass guitar). Different notes are created by changing the length of the strings, which happens when musicians place their fingers on them.
          • Acoustic Guitar – The acoustic guitar has 6 strings and was derived from older stringed instruments like the lute.
          • Bass Guitar – The bass guitar was invented in the 1930s, and produces much lower sounds than the acoustic guitar.
          • Harp – The harp is one of the oldest instruments in the world! There is evidence of the instrument being played as early as 3000 BCE.
          • Violin – Playing the violin burns approximately 170 calories per hour.
        • Woodwind – Woodwind instruments produce sound when musicians blow air across the mouthpiece. The air is either split over a small piece of wood called a reed (like on a clarinet) or blown over the edge of the mouthpiece (like on a flute). Different notes are created by covering up the holes on the instrument.
          • Bassoon – If you stretched out the tube of the bassoon it would be over 8 feet long.
          • Clarinet – “Licorice Stick” and “Little Trumpet” are nicknames for the clarinet.
          • Flute – George Washington and Leonardo da Vinci both played the flute.
          • Saxophone – The saxophone was created by a musician named Adolphe Sax on June 28th, 1846.
    • Sort
      • Drag the instruments from the bottom of the screen to the associated instrument categories.
      • Instruments belong to one of the following 5 categories: brass, keyboard, strings, percussion, and woodwind.
        • Brass: French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, & Tuba.
        • Keyboard: Accordion, Organ, Piano, & Synthesizer.
        • Strings: Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Harp, & Violin.
        • Percussion: Conga, Drum Set, Marimba, & Steel Drum.
        • Woodwind: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, & Saxophone.
    • Play
      • For each of the musical groups you can select an instrument from the bottom of the screen to add to the band and play music.
      • Click on the musical group to bring up the menu.
      • Click on an instrument to add it.
      • Click on another instrument to switch instruments, or click on the instrument which was already added to the band to remove it.
      • You can play a tune with any given instrument in isolation, or play up to 1 instrument at a time from each of the 5 categories, with instrument categories being mixed in any fashion.
  • Target Audience
    • The game is suited for anyone who loves music. 🙂
    • The game has no adult content.

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Free Online Bandemonium Music Game for Children & Adults Screenshots

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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support

This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.

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