Tonic Tutor: Online Theory Games


Do your students enjoy playing online theory games??  If so, you’ll want to check out this exciting new resource:

Tonic Tutor is an online theory resource full of games to help students drill interval recognition, melody playback, scales, chords, note reading and more.    I have to admit, I hadn’t run across this fun new site until co-creator Christine Donkin contacted me last week, but I’m very much looking forward to exploring it in detail and trying these out with my students!  (The site is running a promotion during the month of September that was too good not to pass on a.s.a.p…. see below for details!).  

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The site is comprised of 36 customizable theory games, most of which include 4 levels of difficulty.
  • Teachers can set up accounts for each of their students, then send assignments, track student progress, and even create contests, send virtual reward stickers and print student report cards.
  • The site offers a free 10-student account, and monthly subscription plans for teachers with larger studios.

Here’s what I loved about this site at first glance:

  • The games are easy to understand and very student-friendly (even for young students).
  • There’s a great variety of levels, appropriate for young beginners through intermediate students.
  • The creative graphics and game challenges give students a concrete, visual representation of theory concepts.
  • Bonus seasonal games are included throughout the year – students can play themed games at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and in the summer.
  • Many of the graphics and games are just plain fun!!! (There’s a dancing jellybean rhythm drill that you just have to check out!!). 

And here’s the great promo I mentioned above:

During the month of September, all teachers who sign up for a free Tonic-10 account (that would normally give you access to 10 customizable games and 10 student accounts), can access the entire site free of change!   At the end of the month, you can decide if you’d like to upgrade your plan and keep all of the games, or stick with the free 10-game account.   Be sure to head over to Tonic Tutor and check it out before the end of the month!!


Tonic Tutor: Online Theory Games — 9 Comments

  1. What a coincidence! I just posted about this on my blog a few hours ago too. I’ve been using the free games on this site for a while, but having access to the contest feature has really stepped up the excitement for a few of my students. My 7 & 11 year old are “hooked” and have played for several hours over the last few days to try and win my studio contest this month.

    • I couldn’t get it to work on my iPad today (I played with it for a minute and gave up, since Flash doesn’t appear to be iPad supported). However… my techno-whiz husband thinks he may have a way around it. I’ll let you know if we figure it out – I’ll definitely be using it if we do!

  2. I just signed up with tonic tutor a month ago and have fully adopted it in my studio. I have to say I absolutely love it. It’s incredibly user friendly and customizing a student’s lesson seems super easy. I especially love the fact that I can create lessons and assign it to a group! Stay tuned on iPad support, I think it’s coming 🙂
    In the meantime, there’s a way to get it to work on the iPad via an app called phototron that connects you to flash based sites and games. It’s quite slow though but it works!

    • Thanks for the info, Wendy! I found a similar app last night called iSwifter that supports Flash, too, but it seemed a little on the slow side as well. It’s great to hear that “official” iPad support might be on its way!

  3. This Tonic Tutor is AWESOME !!!! I am trying out the 10 free students and put myself down as one of the students so I can play too!! Those jelly beans are very cute.

  4. Thank you so much for this post! My studio is down in numbers this year so the 10 free students worked out really well. I let my 7 yr son be one of the students and although he hates to practice, he could NOT get enough of the games! I think this is going to be a wonderful tool for my students and definitely worth the monthly fee.

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