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Using Blooket in an MLT Classroom

By Andy Mullen 

MLT, Practical Applications

MLT can often be intimidating for teachers because of the abundance of vocabulary and terms that students (and teachers!) need to know. 

There is no shortage of teacher tech tools out there (Gimkit, Kahoot) that teachers can use to reinforce these terms in a fun way. After trying all of them, I must say that my students absolute favorite these days is Blooket. And the best part? It's absolutely free! 

Students love it for a number of reasons:

  • It mimics a lot of the video games that they play.
  • There is a competitive nature to it.
  • There is a lot of variety since there are several different game options. 
  • If you're in my class, this is a "Lollipopportunity" (a chance to win a lollipop). 

How to Play

The nice folks at Blooket (pronounced "Blue-kit" apparently) have created several tutorials for how to get started. This one explains the basics:

I usually just play these games live, and haven't assigned them as homework (only certain games allow students to play solo). Students can play these on iPads, Chromebooks or their smart phones. My students' favorites are:

  • Gold Quest
  • Crypto Hack
  • Fishing Frenzy
  • Deceptive Dinos
  • Battle Royale (this takes a little longer)

How I Use Blooket

I generally use Blooket to 1. reinforce vocabulary, and 2. give students practice connecting tonal solfege and rhythm syllables to music notation. I have found that even my most surly 8th graders love spending 5 minutes each class on a Blooket. 

My Sets

If you are an MLT teacher, and would like to use some of my sets, well, you have come to the right place! Please enjoy my growing list of Blooket games. 

Reinforce resting tone and syllables for tonic and dominant in major tonality. 

Reinforce resting tone and syllables for tonic and dominant in minor tonality. 

Reinforce syllables for meter, macrobeat and microbeat in duple meter and reading notation in 2/4.

Reinforce syllables for meter, macrobeat and microbeat in triple meter and reading notation in 6/8. 

Reinforce syllables for meter, macro/microbeat and divisions in duple meter and reading notation in 2/4. 

Reinforce syllables for meter, macro/microbeat and divisions in triple meter and reading notation in 6/8.  

I hope you and your students enjoy Blooket as much as we do. Its fun and competitive spirit are a boon to my classroom, and give students an opportunity to practice skills on their own. 

About the author, Andy Mullen

Andy Mullen is a teacher, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, recovering singer-songwriter, and lifelong learner. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and is currently a middle school general music and choir teacher in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mr Mullen holds Masters degrees in Music Education and School Administration, and serves on the faculty for the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General Music and Choir. He is the author of "MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De," "The Literate Musician" and "Fifty Tunes for Teaching," and the composer of the children's album, "Chucka Chucka Wawa."

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