Musical fun activities are now online – on the activities page .
These should keep you busy over the Summer holidays!
There is a musical fun activity sheet which you can print out, and use for your answers, and there is also a quiz, a Name the note quiz, which you can do as many times as you like… get lots of practice in naming those notes on the stave.
I will be putting some more up over the next few weeks, so check back later for more… Have Fun!
This is a fun set of cards which can be used for lots of activities to do with learning the note values and making rhythms.
The make a bar rhythm game can be played with one student – just as an activity, or with 2 or more players. You can print as many sets of the notes as you need. To play, just place the cards face down on the table, and take turns to pick a card and put it in one of your ‘bars’ (which can be marked with pencils). We have a rule that you can’t move anything once it’s been put down, because otherwise it’s too easy! Obviously, you have to choose how many beats to have in a bar before you start.
This is the beginner set in action:
Make a bar rhythm game
And this is the file to print out (after the pictures). The first page of the file is notes, the second page is rests, and the third page of the file is backs for all the cards, so print them on quite sturdy card, and then they will last ok.
make a bar for beginners
- The card backs
Download the pdf: make a bar beginner
Remember, for the full list of free music theory teaching resources, you can go to worksheets, flashcards, or games.
This is not a worksheet this time, but some cards you can cut up and use for games, like timing how quickly you, or your student, can put the notes on the keys of the piano. Or, you could see how many you can do in 2 or 3 minutes. You can also put them on the floor or table, and play the notes on the piano, or another instrument for them to find.
Here they are stacked up:
and ready to play:
and here is the sheet to download and print out.
Download the pdf: naming the note cards
Print it on card, cut them out, and fold the pieces in half… obviously, you don’t want to cut the lines where you’re going to fold!
If you are looking for other free music theory teaching resources, see the full catalogue of worksheets and games.
Free music theory worksheets
Here is a worksheet explaining dotted notes, which you can print out to fill in. You can also laminate these free music theory worksheets, or put them in a ring binder in plastic wallets and use a dry wipe pen, so they can be used lots of times.
Download the pdf: dotted notes
I hope you are enjoying all these worksheets.
For the full catalogue, go to free music theory worksheets.
Music theory worksheets series.
This is a beginner’s version of the note values chart. It just has semibreves, minims and crotchets. Click on the link to download it. And remember, for the whole catalogue you can go to music theory worksheets (and charts).
note values beginners / music theory worksheets
Download the pdf: note values beginners
A note on the free music theory worksheets.
The free music theory worksheets on this site can be used by students, teachers, or parents. Some of them are fairly self explanatory, and could also be used for self-study. If you have any problems with them, let me know.
Continuing in this series of free music theory worksheets, and following on from how to make a major scale, here is how to make a minor scale.
There’s quite a lot to include on this one, so it’s not got everything, but is a handy reference sheet.
Download the pdf: How to make a minor scale
Enjoy! and don’t forget, for more free music theory resources, click here.
Once you know the pattern for a major scale, you can make your own – anywhere! Here is a worksheet to help. If you don’t understand tones and semitones, you can look at this earlier worksheet here.
The pattern for a major scale
Download the pdf: how to make a major scale
For lots more free music theory worksheets, visit the free worksheets catalogue.
We have got lots of fun stuff coming up on this blog for May – including some more free worksheets, for teachers or students to use – I hope they are clear enough. If you have any problems with my worksheets, do let me know.
Here is today’s little offering – Tones and Semitones worksheet. Click on the picture to see it in more detail, or the link underneath to download the pdf file. There are more free music teaching resources in the worksheets catalogue.
Download the pdf: Tones and Semitones
Here are my latest creations – worksheets for the order of the sharps and the flats.
Download the pdf: Order of sharps
Download the pdf: Order of flats
This is a very general minor scale sheet – I know it’s difficult to get three different forms of the minor scale on one worksheet! We use different colours for the raised 7th in the harmonic scale.
Download the pdf: Blank minor scale sheet