Make Music Worksheets Using My FREE png Files

Making Music WorksheetsOver the last few weeks, I’ve shared a couple of video tutorials about how to create rhythm worksheets using two rhythm music fonts and how to create other types of music worksheets using two other music fonts for putting notes on the staff.

If you watched either video, you probably saw how wonderfully easy it is to use the rhythm fonts.  You probably also saw, in the second video, that the non-rhythm fonts are more challenging to use and rather limiting in what they can do.

I have a solution.  :)

To make the worksheet-making-process a little bit easier, I recently decided to create photo files (in this case, png files) of various music symbols.  Clicking and dragging photo files into a worksheet is much easier than inserting a text box, calling up the font you need, and then locating the music symbol from with the font’s character map.  Hooray!

I’m sharing this set of png files for FREE, and I’ve also made another video tutorial about how to get started using them.

To get started, you’ll need to download and unarchive the zip file containing the individual png files on the Printables > Worksheets page.  Then, be sure to save the folder of png files to a safe place on your computer so you can use them for years to come.  Then, using Microsoft Publisher (or a similar program), you are ready to start creating!

  ***Music Symbol PNG Files - for Making Worksheets*** (698.9 KiB, 57,466 hits)

I hope this video helps you get started, but please do let me know if you have other questions.  I can’t wait to see what worksheets and other creations you will be able to create using those png files!

Copyright Information: These images are released under a Creative Commons copyright, allowing users to create and sell their own projects that make use of these images. However, the image files themselves should not be freely distributed or sold to others. Instead, please direct others to download the files directly from Thanks!

Joy Morin is a piano teacher in northwest Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Posted 16 April 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Joy!! Great idea. This will help a lot!!

  2. Hannah
    Posted 16 April 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Joy! Thank you so much for putting so much work into this. :) I will definitely use the png files in the future!

  3. Susan
    Posted 16 April 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much Joy.

    I cannot tell you how much this has helped me :))

    So many projects and sooooo many ideas !! Step by step tutorial is pretty awesome too. Thanks as always with your kindness of sharing with us.


  4. Merri
    Posted 16 April 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous tutorial! Thank you, Joy! This was tremendously helpful for me.

    I do have one question. You created this worksheet in Microsoft Publisher on a Mac. I also own a Mac (fairly new to me), but I was not aware that I could use Publisher on a Mac. Is this a parallel version? I’d love to be able to get back to Publisher as I used it all the time as a PC owner, and it’s very familiar to me. Is there something already on a Mac that is comparable? (“Pages”?)

    Thanks again!

    • Posted 17 April 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      They make Microsoft Office for Mac, but it’s a separate version to purchase than the PC version. I use the 2011 Microsoft Office Suite for Mac. I haven’t tried using Pages, but I suppose it might work just as well as Microsoft Publisher. You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

  5. Pat Callahan
    Posted 17 April 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Joy. The tutorial about the setting up a worksheet is fantastic. I cannot wait to start using this.

  6. Posted 17 April 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you Joy for your generosity. I have been trying to figure this out for a long time and your tutorials have made it easy

  7. Denise
    Posted 18 April 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks Joy. So glad there are piano teachers like you who are IT-savvy and can make life easier for the rest of us!! ;)

  8. Posted 30 April 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    thank you so much for the tutorial and the png files. I’m trying to use my png files today, and realized there was no grand staff included in the files. Am I missing something?

    • Posted 30 April 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      They are in there! I put the grand staffs first in the list by putting an asterisk * symbol. I didn’t mean to hide them from you! ;)

  9. Posted 30 April 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    hmmm… I downloaded them again and the grand staffs still aren’t showing up. I think everything else is there, dynamics, rhythm values, key signatures in the treble clef, keyboards, articulation, time signatures, and clef signs, no but grand staffs. I was able to put some together using what you had in there (I LOVE using the PNG files, I’m so excited to make some worksheets for my students using them!) but I think yours looked a little nicer.

  10. Posted 19 May 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    You’re a JOY!
    Thanks! This is so much better than literally cutting and pasting!!!! Just what I needed to make worksheets when students are struggling with a concept. That is when my creativity kicks in – how am I going to help them?!

    • Posted 20 May 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Glad you can use these, Donna! Like you, I am frequently inspired when trying to think of ways to help a student. :)

  11. Deanna
    Posted 4 June 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Joy you are an angel. Countless teachers and students will benefit from your expertise. Many teachers did not grow up in this digital age we now teach in. Your instructions are so clear and the fact that you share this information is priceless. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

  12. Posted 11 July 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Joy, Thanks so much for your help and your amazing blog. I’ve just made my very first work sheet. It took a while but it was so great to be able to make a worksheet specific to my student’s needs. Thanks again – it’s incredibly generous of you to share your knowledge and experience. Thanks again – Bec :)

    • Posted 12 July 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Yay, congrats upon making your first music worksheet, Rebecca! It gets easier with practice, I promise! :)

  13. Jenna
    Posted 19 July 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SO much for this post! I have a few ready-made resources, but I’ve been finding lately that I need specific worksheets for specific problems for my students. This is just what I needed. Thank you again.

  14. Posted 31 August 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Joy, thanks for all these great worksheets and games! I’m an elementary music teacher (with a piano background), and I love using all this with my students. I’ve sent you a gift from your Amazon list as a thanks, and I’d like to share some of the materials I’m using on Teachers Pay Teachers if you are interested.

    Thanks for everything you put into this!

  15. Neva
    Posted 16 January 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Joy! I am excited about using these files to make worksheets for our Sunday music instruction at church, but I cannot get the PNG files to open in Word or Publisher. They will open in Windows Photo Gallery, but I can’t get them to open otherwise.

  16. Neva
    Posted 16 January 2014 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Never mind. I needed to extract the files. Whoops!

  17. Deanna
    Posted 27 February 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the png files and the tutorial. This will help me in my Music for Elementary Teachers Class.

  18. Lea
    Posted 3 March 2014 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you SO MUCH for the png files and the tutorial on how to use them!! I was cruising the web trying to find tools to do exactly this – make review worksheets for some of my students – and was looking at many hours of tedious cut-and-paste that wouldn’t have produced the result I wanted, and then I stumbled onto your website, and could not believe my luck. This is exactly what I need – png files with the music symbols, so that I can build mix-and-match review worksheets. Thank you!!!

  19. Amy
    Posted 9 March 2014 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Joy! I absolutely love your blog and thank you so much for sharing these pngswith us! This will make my life so much easier!!!!

  20. Jaime
    Posted 28 March 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Hi Joy!

    Your website is invaluable! I am excited to learn how to make my own worksheets, but your YouTube links don’t seem to be working right now…they do not appear when I copy and paste the address, either. Just a heads up! Hope they can be fixed soon so I can watch the tutorial. :) Thanks for all you do!


  21. Posted 12 April 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Wonderful information! Joy, you may want to fix the Youtube link here on your blog (httpv to https) Thanks so much for sharing! With appreciation, — LadyD

  22. Posted 3 June 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks Joy! Such a wonderful work you have done :D

  23. ReGina Kincaid
    Posted 17 November 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    What a great time saver! THANK YOU so much!

  24. Crystal Sexton
    Posted 1 December 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Joy, thanks for sharing the PNG files. I have musiqwik font but can’t create a true grand staff with it. What did you use to create the grand staff for the PNG files?

    • Posted 5 December 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      You could layer text (music font) overtop of one of the PNG images of the staff. Another option is to draw lines using Microsoft Publisher to form a staff. Go to Insert > Shape, and then select to draw a line.

  25. Posted 4 February 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks! This makes things a lot easier! I just wanted to make sure if it would be okay to sell any worksheets we make with your png files (say, on Teachers Pay Teachers), or if you would prefer that we only use them for our own studios.

    • Posted 4 February 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Never mind! I found my answer. :)

      • Posted 4 February 2015 at 10:08 am | Permalink

        Great, Amanda! For anyone else looking, the copyright information are included within the ZIP file. These images are released under a Creative Commons copyright, allowing users to create and sell their own projects that make use of these images. However, the image files themselves should not be freely distributed or sold to others. Instead, please direct others to download the files directly from Thanks!

  26. Alison
    Posted 20 February 2015 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Hi Joy,

    Thank you so much for this tutorial and the png files!!! This is what I’ve needed! I didn’t know about Microsoft Publisher – this will make life sooo much easier (I have a mac too with Word, but I never realized Publisher was there!). Thank you for this free tutorial and files (tutorial was great by the way, very clear instructions and helpful), it’s really awesome that you create this content for other teachers. It really does help so much!!

    • Posted 21 February 2015 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome, Alison! So glad to hear the tutorial and files were helpful to you!

  27. Amy
    Posted 5 March 2015 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hi Joy

    I have just completed my first worksheet thanks to your very informative and useful tutorial and music symbols files.

    Thank you SO much!

  28. Kristine
    Posted 7 August 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I just found this! Look forward to making my worksheets! :) Appreciate your help & resources!


  29. Posted 6 November 2015 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much, Joy, for sharing these. You mentioned using Finale for making worksheet. I am wondering if you have a tutorial video for that? I don’t have Publisher but I do have Finale. Thanks.

    • Posted 7 January 2016 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lydia! I’ve never made any Finale tutorials, but I suppose I could. I’ll consider it.

      I will tell you though, from experience, that there are certain types of worksheets that work best to create in Finale, and other types of worksheets that work the best in Microsoft Word/Publisher or a similar word processing software. It’s nice to have both options!

  30. Posted 7 January 2016 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Once again, you are amazing! Thanks so much for this. I have referred to your fonts tutorials/posts a lot, so thank you!

    • Posted 7 January 2016 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      So glad to hear these files are useful to you, Jenny! Best wishes!!

  31. Deborah Hollis
    Posted 14 January 2016 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Joy, Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas and tools. I’ve been looking for a way to make worksheets with greater flexibility than I find working in Finale.
    I am having trouble with one thing – when I try to flip any notes with flags to use in the bass clef, they are going in the wrong direction. Do you have bass clef notes available elsewhere or am I just missing something?
    Thank you,
    Deb Hollis

    • Posted 19 January 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Deb! Instead of “flipping” the note, you can instead “rotate” the note to get around that issue. I hope this helps!

  32. musicmastert2008
    Posted 19 January 2016 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Have you created a png file for ledger line notes with stems up and down?

    • Posted 19 January 2016 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Rather than creating a ledger note, I prefer to create a line using Microsoft Word and then superimpose the note over the line. Check out the video tutorial in the post above to see this in action.

      To achieve a down stem, you can rotate a note around by 180 degrees.

  33. Ashley Stevens
    Posted 10 April 2016 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Is there a way to make any of these white instead of black? I am trying to put a few on a black background. Thank you – these are invaluable to me while I work on my master’s project!

  34. Wilbvur Alfrey
    Posted 23 April 2016 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    You’ve given us very useful information. Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge and experience with us.

  35. Keith
    Posted 27 July 2016 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Joy, you are amazing! Your website is so wonderful. Thanks for all you do!

  36. Posted 17 January 2017 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this. I teach guitar and am looking forward to creating some worksheets for my students.

  37. April
    Posted 25 May 2017 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have enrolled to your ear training and improvisation webinar a couple year ago and that helped with a couple of my students who don’t like to read notes. And I am glad I googled making music worksheets. This will help me making my own worksheets!!

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