Here's a fun composer word search for music fans out there. Hidden in this word search are the last names of 18 famous classical music composers.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link or Very Large button or HTML5/Mobile link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
The HTML5/Mobile version works on desktop computers and tablets. Rather solve on paper? Printable Version
To print out the word search, click the Printable Version link above. This opens the puzzle in a PDF file that you can print.
HOW TO SOLVE A WORD SEARCH. The idea behind word searches is that words are hidden in a square or rectangular array of scramble letters. You need to locate and circle the hidden words.
The words are not scrambled, but they are hard to spot because lots of random letters scattered throughout the array as well.
Words may be hidden in the puzzle forward, backward, vertical, horizontal, or diagonal.
For instance, if you're trying to find Mozart's name in the word search, you need to also look for "trazom", because his name might be hidden in the puzzle backward.
When you find a composer's name in the Composer Word Search, circle the name and cross it off the list. When solving online, drag across the name to form an oval around the letters of the name. The name is crossed off the composer word list automatically when you do this.
THE WORD LIST. For your convenience, I've reproduced the word list below. You only need to find the composer's last name in the word search:
Johann Sebastian BACH
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Georg Friedrich HANDEL
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Piotr Illitch TCHAIKOVSKY
A good trick for locating hard-to-find words is to look for doubles. For example, notice that the last name of composer SCHUMANN ends with a double-n. Scan the rows and columns for two "n's" next to each other, and you'll likely find Schumann's name pretty quickly.
HOW TO PLAY ONLINE. To solve the online version, first open the word search pop-up window. Then click the Start button on the window.
The list of words hidden in the puzzle displays along the right side of the word search. These are the words you need to find and circle.
The "Words left" display at the top of the word list indicates how many words you still need to find. The word list is in alphabetical order.
When solving the Composer Word Search online, you have one advantage over someone solving the puzzle on paper. That's the
Clicking the Hint button at the top of the puzzle causes the first letter of one of the words in the grid to flash. For example, the "C" in Chopin could light up, showing you where that word is located in the puzzle.
You can use the Hint feature only once. So save if for when you really need it.
You can, of course, solve the puzzle for you own enjoyment. Or you can hand it out to students in a classroom setting.
You have my permission to use the printable version of the Composer Word Search for any non-commercial purpose, as long as you keep the copyright notice at the bottom of the page in place. Feel free to email the word search file to anyone.
Puzzle games like word searches make great brain games. They train concentration, verbal ability, and visual acuity. I hope you enjoy this Composer Word Search.
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