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This page contains FREE piano/theory worksheets, sheet music, lesson plans, and other resources for music teachers and students. Please enjoy using them for personal and educational uses only. I only ask that you do not redistribute the files on other websites and or alter the files in any way. Thank you!

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  ***Music Symbol png Files - for Making Worksheets***
» 2.4 MiB - 11,206 hits - 16 April 2013
Making Music WorksheetsThis zipped file contains a series of picture files of music symbols, which you can insert into a Microsoft Publisher document in order to create your own music worksheets.

After downloading the file, you will need to unarchive the zipped file and then save the folder to a safe place on your computer.

Then, click here to view a video tutorial about how you can start making your own music worksheets!

  12-Bar Blues in C
» 642.8 KiB - 7,391 hits - 9 April 2013
DSC_20130409_072558 This printable breaks down this steps for teaching students improvise over the 12-bar blues progression in the key of C. On the top of page 1, the notes of the C blues scale are shown both on the keyboard and on the staff. Page 2 shows a variety of patterns that can be used to accompany an improvised melody. Finally, the bottom of page 1 shows the 12-bar blues progression. This printable can be used to help students improvise within the 12-bar blues by themselves, or as a duet with the teacher or another student. To view the original blog post about this printable, click here.

  1st Lesson: Interview with Beginner Student
» 47.1 KiB - 17,289 hits - 16 August 2011
This form is designed for use during the first lesson with a new beginner-level student who you are accepting into your music studio. The first part of the form includes basic information for the student to provide verbally. The second part of the form lists activities for the teacher to conduct with the student, to help assess the student's musical aptitude/background.

Check out this post to read more.

  1st Lesson: Interview with Transfer Student
» 45.6 KiB - 5,111 hits - 16 August 2011
This form is designed to be used during the first lesson with a new transfer student that you are considering for acceptance into your teaching studio. The first part of the form is basic information which the student can provide verbally. The second part of the form lists some activities which the teacher can conduct with the student in order to assess the student's previous training and musical background.

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  1st Lesson: Student Information Form
» 57.4 KiB - 8,128 hits - 16 August 2011
This Student Information Form is suitable for use at the interview / first lesson with a new or transfer student who you are accepting into your teaching studio. Adult students can fill this form out as a way of introduction, and parents can fill it out while the teacher is working with the student.

Check out this post to read more.

  5FPs & Scales - Patterns of Black & White Keys
» 54.4 KiB - 8,794 hits - 19 February 2013
DSC_20130219_114156This set of worksheets is designed to help students as they learn to master their 5-finger patterns (aka pentascales) and scale. Each 5FP/scale has a series of boxes behind it, representing the notes of the 5FP/scale. The student's job is the fill in the boxes that would be black keys on the piano. The goal is for the student to visually memorize the pattern of black and white keys for each 5FP, and this worksheet will help with that. I've made five pages in this pdf: (1) Major 5FPs, in the order of the Circle of 5ths; (2) Major 5FPs, in the order of the scale (C up through B); (3) Minor 5FPs, in the order of the Circle of 5ths; (4) Major Scales; (5) Natural Minor Scales. Click here to read the original blog post about this worksheet.

  Arr Jingle Bells
» 40.1 KiB - 10,894 hits - 27 September 2009
This arrangement of Jingle Bells is for beginner piano students who are comfortable reading on the staff and playing in the key of C.

  Arr Joy To The World
» 36.5 KiB - 6,222 hits - 27 September 2009
This arrangement is suitable for beginner piano students who are comfortable reading on the staff notation and playing in the key of C.

  Arr O Come All Ye Faithful
» 36.7 KiB - 4,474 hits - 27 September 2009
This arrangement is suitable for beginner piano students who are comfortable reading notes on the staff and playing in Middle C position.

  Arr We Wish You A Merry Christmas
» 35.5 KiB - 5,377 hits - 23 September 2009
This arrangement of We Wish You A Merry Christmas is suitable for beginner students who are comfortable reading notes on the staff and playing in the Middle C position.

  BANG! Rhythm game
» 1.1 MiB - 7,850 hits - 18 March 2014
This pdf contains the BANG! cards and container labels for playing the BANG! Rhythm Game. Gameplay: Each student draws a card from the box on their turn. If they answer the card correctly, they get to the keep the card. If they draw a BANG! card, they must return all their cards to the box. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner. (Note: The rhythm cards pictured are available in my shop here. You can also substitute note-naming flashcards instead of rhythm cards.) To view the original blog post about this game, click here.

  Black Key Group Sorting Cards
» 258.0 KiB - 11,696 hits - 20 November 2012
These cards are a great manipulative to use with young beginners when you are first introducing them to the keyboard. Students can use the cards to build a keyboard on the floor, alternating the groups of 2 and 3 black keys. Or, students can use these at the piano, and lay the cards right on the piano keyboard, matching the groups of black keys appropriately. I printed a few sets of these cards, laminated them, and put them in zipper bags. This short activity is great for Piano Readiness Classes. There are two versions included in the pdf: one with the letter names on the keys, and one without.

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  Board Game: Adventures In Music
» 764.2 KiB - 14,575 hits - 17 February 2010
DSC_20130323_120222 This piano-bench-sized board game is appropriate for elementary music students, such as piano students who are Level 1 or 2 of a piano method. This game works well for two players (teacher and student) during a private lesson, or during a group activity involved 3, 4, or maybe 5 students. Materials needed: 1 or 2 dice (depending on how fast you'd like the game to progress) and several pawns (colored glass baubles from the dollar store work well). To view the original blog post about this game, click here. (Special thanks to Lillyarts.com for giving me permission to use her music illustrations!)

  Business Cards Template for Music Teachers
» 48.0 KiB - 7,820 hits - 16 December 2009
This Microsoft Word (.doc) file contains a page of 10 business cards. Once you download the file, you can easily edit the document to fill in your name and contact information. Then all you have to do is print them onto white cardstock or other professional-looking paper and cut them apart. Business cards are important for any professional, including music teachers!

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  Composition/Improv Prompt - Free Sample
» 102.8 KiB - 1,565 hits - 21 October 2013
Prompts for Piano - ebook sample 950x629 This one-page pdf is a FREE sample page taken from the "Prompts for Piano" e-book available in the Color In My Piano shop. "Prompts for Piano" is designed to provide an easy way for teachers to guide beginner and elementary students through composition or improvisation. I created the prompts to help my students get inspired during the initial stages of a composition assignment and to provide structure and guidance as they bring the piece to completion. You can read more about "Prompts for Piano" here in the Shop.

  CompRomStyle *LessonPlans*
» 183.0 KiB - 11,000 hits - 1 November 2009
This lesson plan (four days + a performance) is designed to teach music students about Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Style. Although originally created for a class sizes of 6-8 piano students ranging in age from 9-15, these plans may be easily adapted for other uses. Please also see / print the handouts for Day 1, 2, and 3 (there are no handouts for Day 4).

  CompRomStyle DAY1: PrdsMscHstry
» 79.8 KiB - 3,947 hits - 1 November 2009
This handout is designed for use with the "Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Period" lesson plan. This lesson plan (four days + a performance) is designed to teach music students about Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Style. Although originally created for a class sizes of 6-8 piano students ranging in age from 9-15, these plans may be easily adapted for other uses.

  CompRomStyle DAY1: PrdsMscHstry *Answer Sheet*
» 281.4 KiB - 17,358 hits - 8 November 2009
Answer sheet for the DAY 1: Periods of Music History worksheet.

  CompRomStyle DAY1: PromptsForComposing
» 71.7 KiB - 2,766 hits - 1 November 2009
This handout is designed for use with the "Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Period" lesson plan. This lesson plan (four days + a performance) is designed to teach music students about Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Style. Although originally created for a class sizes of 6-8 piano students ranging in age from 9-15, these plans may be easily adapted for other uses.

  CompRomStyle DAY2: StylisticTraitsofRomMusic
» 73.7 KiB - 2,799 hits - 1 November 2009
This handout is designed for use with the "Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Period" lesson plan. This lesson plan (four days + a performance) is designed to teach music students about Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Style. Although originally created for a class sizes of 6-8 piano students ranging in age from 9-15, these plans may be easily adapted for other uses.

  CompRomStyle DAY2: StylisticTraitsofRomMusic *Answer Sheet*
» 237.7 KiB - 11,379 hits - 8 November 2009
Answer sheet to DAY 2: Stylistic Traits of Romantic Music worksheet.

  CompRomStyle DAY3: Music&Imagination
» 77.4 KiB - 2,628 hits - 1 November 2009
This handout is designed for use with the "Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Period" lesson plan. This lesson plan (four days + a performance) is designed to teach music students about Analyzing and Composing in the Romantic Style. Although originally created for a class sizes of 6-8 piano students ranging in age from 9-15, these plans may be easily adapted for other uses.

  Concepts to Introduce Using Improvisation
» 53.5 KiB - 6,447 hits - 30 January 2010
This pdf lists various musical concepts which can be taught through improvisation. Using concept-based improvisation is an efficient way to encourage improvisation with your students, while reinforcing the things they are learning in their piano method books. The list is divided into two sections: beginner concepts, and more advanced concepts.

Check out this post to read more.

  DIY Silent Mini Keyboards
» 751.2 KiB - 5,984 hits - 25 October 2010
This pdf contains do-it-yourself instructions for making your own set of 6 silent mini keyboards using wooden slats and black foam. Silent keyboards can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from pre-piano classes with young children to advanced theory classes with older students. Try using glass gems on the keyboards to form chords and 5-finger patterns. Be creative, and see what games and activities you come up with!

Click here to read the original blog post about this.

  Finger Number Beanbag Game
» 177.7 KiB - 2,956 hits - 21 January 2013
picture This quick, easy game is a great way to review the piano fingering and RH versus LH with young beginner piano students. Students stand in front of the mat and toss a beanbag, and then name the finger the beanbag landest closest to, and whether it is on the RH or LH. I laminated the pages and taped them together so that the mat folds for easy storage. The game idea is credited to Becki Lewis (view her blog here). To view the original blog post about this game, click here.

  Five-Finger Pattern Review (# and b keys)
» 248.6 KiB - 9,970 hits - 17 March 2012
This pdf contains a pair of worksheets intended as a review of all the major five-finger patterns (5FPs); however, using the "WWHW" pattern template, students can easily figure out any 5FPs that they might not already be familiar with. This worksheet will help students become more familiar with the accidentals needed for each FFP and what each FFP looks like when played on the keyboard.

Check out this post and this post to read more.

  Flashcards: Melodic Patterns 1 & 2
» 117.9 KiB - 8,673 hits - 4 October 2009
This pdf contains two pages of flashcards of off-staff notes. These flashcards have a variety of uses, mainly for beginner piano students. You could ask the student to: 1) clap the rhythm, 2) play the pattern on the piano, or 3) play the pattern on the piano and then transpose it to another key.

Check out this post to read more.

  Flashcards: Naming Notes (Middle C Position)
» 45.6 KiB - 12,148 hits - 11 October 2009
Here is a set of flashcards for the beginner piano student who is learning about reading notes on the staff and playing in the Middle C position.

Just a few minutes a day will greatly improve their note recognition skills!

Check out this post to read more.

  Gallery of Music - Symbol Drawing Worksheets
» 1.3 MiB - 15,867 hits - 14 February 2012
This is a set of simple worksheets for having students learn/draw various music symbols. The worksheets can be used singly or in groups, depending on what concepts your students are currently learning. I would encourage students to use colorful crayons to draw the symbols. Please refer to the corresponding blog post for more information. Here are the symbols covered on each page: 1. Quarter, half, dotted-quarter, and whole notes. 2. Quarter, half, dotted-quarter, and whole rests. 3. Single eighth note, beamed eighth notes, eighth rest, and dotted quarter note. 4. Treble clef, bass clef, staff, and grand staff. 5. Barline, double barline, repeat sign, and time signature. 6. Forte, piano, mezzo forte, and mezzo piano. 7. Sharp, flat, natural, quarter note with flat. 8. Slur, tie, staccato, accent.

  Grand Staff Pass
» 2.6 MiB - 6,364 hits - 8 January 2013
DSC_20130105_123608 "Grand Staff Pass" is a activity for finding and naming notes on the grand staff. Each student has a printed grand staff in front of them, and must find the notes as indicated on the cards. The cards are passed to the next student, going counterclockwise around the room. The complete instructions for this activity are included in the pdf. To read more about this game, please read the original blog post here.

  Hands and Fingers at the Piano
» 55.8 KiB - 12,383 hits - 21 March 2010
In this worksheet, the student is instructed to trace their hands, and label the finger numbers on each finger. Objectives: The student recognizes the left hand versus the right hand; the student learns the abbreviations "LH" and "RH"; and the student understands the fingering numbering system for piano (1-5), for both hands.

  Happy Birthday Song
» 31.0 KiB - 2,888 hits - 14 April 2013
This pdf is a simple arrangement of the Happy Birthday song. Younger students can simply play the two-handed melody as written. Older students can play the entire melody in the RH and accompany with a LH accompaniment, reading the chord symbols provided above the staff. Or, two students can play a duet with one student playing the melody, and the other playing a two-handed chordal accompaniment. (Lyrics are not included in the pdf because they are currently under copyright. The tune is in the public domain.)

  Ice Cream Interval game - SAMPLE
» 2.9 MiB - 2,579 hits - 6 May 2013
Ice Cream Intervals sampleThis free printable is a sample of the version available in the Color In My Piano shop for $8. The ice cream scoop cards in this sample are limited to 2nds and 3rds on the keyboard, which makes it perfect for preschoolers or other young beginners. Instructions for two games to play are included in the pdf. Read this post to learn more about the Ice Cream Interval game.

  Identifying Intervals worksheets
» 39.0 KiB - 1,475 hits - 14 November 2013
Identifying Intervals worksheets BW - ColorInMyPiano BW screenshot.png This series of interval worksheets are designed to help students learn to recognize intervals on sight, without "counting" between the notes. As students complete the worksheets, they should be encouraged to notice the line/space patterns that result with each interval. E.g., 3rds, and 5ths are similar in that they each result in a "line-to-line" (a line note going to another line note) or a "space-to-space." 2nds and 4ths are similar in that they each result in "line-to-space" or "space-to-line." Click here to read more and to learn about the digital version of this PDF (for use with the iPad and an annotation app such as GoodNotes).

  Identifying Intervals worksheets
» 770.7 KiB - 455 hits - 14 November 2013
This series of interval worksheets are designed to help students learn to recognize intervals on sight, without "counting" between the notes. As students complete the worksheets, they should be encouraged to notice the line/space patterns that result with each interval. E.g., 3rds, and 5ths are similar in that they each result in a "line-to-line" (a line note going to another line note) or a "space-to-space." 2nds and 4ths are similar in that they each result in "line-to-space" or "space-to-line." Click here to read more and to learn about the print-friendly version of this PDF.

  Identifying Space & Line Notes on the Staff worksheets
» 170.6 KiB - 13,279 hits - 12 April 2012
This worksheet introduces the idea of identifying the space notes on the staff using the mnemonics FACE and All Cows Eat Grass. These are the only two mnemonics I use because it's simply too much for most students to try to keep 4 different mnemonics straight! I have found that it's easier for students to remember just two mnemonics and then learn to jump up a step from the nearest space note to identify a line note. Click here to view the original blog post about this worksheet.

  Improvisation & Composition Inspiration Cards
» 4.8 MiB - 4,692 hits - 11 July 2011
photo not displayed Students are sometimes at a loss for topics for improvising or composing, so I like to provide prompts — similar to the way Creative Writing classes often provide prompts. These flashcards are one way to do so. This 12-page document contains 96 flashcards of colorful clipart. I use these flashcards as prompts for improvisation sessions at the end of the lesson. They are also great for prompts for during groups lessons – for either short compositions or even duet improvisations. Sometimes I give the student just one flashcard to work with as their topic, and sometimes I give each student three, and allow them to choose one of them to use for their topic. There are plenty of flashcards in this set, so even when working in large groups (monthly studio classes or camps), it’s possible to have plenty of variety. Read the original post here.

  Intervals Unison-3rd Worksheet
» 39.0 KiB - 7,825 hits - 27 September 2009
This worksheet is designed to teach/quiz the student in identifying the intervals unison, second, and third, in both treble and bass clefs. The top line of the worksheet gives an example of each type of interval, and the rest of the page is dedicated to quizzing the student on identifying the interval. Look for the worksheet for intervals unison through 3rd.

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  Intervals Unison-5th Worksheet
» 40.6 KiB - 6,195 hits - 27 September 2009
This worksheet is designed to teach/quiz the student in identifying the intervals unison, second, third, fourth, and fifth in both treble and bass clefs. The top line of the worksheet gives an example of each type of interval, and the rest of the page is dedicated to quizzing the student on identifying the interval. Look for the worksheet for intervals unison through 5th.

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  Introduction To The Staff Worksheet
» 28.6 KiB - 12,584 hits - 3 April 2011
This worksheet is appropriate for beginners who are ready to be introduced to staff notation. In this worksheet, the student will draw line notes, space notes, treble clefs, bass clefs, and Middle C on both clefs. This worksheet is appropriate for use in both private and group settings.

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