Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

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The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store

Are you interested in learning how to play chords, or someday play in a band. This free printable piano chord chart help get you started. It introduces you to 28 of the most popular piano chords, and will get you playing your favorite songs in no time.

Download Free Piano Chord Chart for Beginners

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Also includes info about the basic elements of chords, inverting chords to make them easier to play, and how to make a basic chord based accompaniment.

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Level 1/Easy Piano Solos
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Level 4/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 5/ Intermediate Piano Solos

Here’s a creative resource for piano teachers who are interested in introducing music composition to their students.

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Download Composing with Kids | Five “Recipes for Success

Free Lesson Plans Included:

  • Hot Cross Buns Remix – This lesson provides you with a simple arrangement of Hot Cross Buns, and asks the students to write a variation on this melody.
  • Walk Like an Egyptian – This lesson asks the student to write a piece with the Egyptian Scale. The accompaniment is provided.
  • Surprise Inside – This lesson asks the student to write a melody that saves a note until late in the eight measure melody, offering a refreshing sound.
  • Ostinato, Ostinato, Ostinato – This lesson asks students to write a D Dorian melody over a provided ostinato accompaniment.
  • Ragtime Mix-n-Match – This lesson asks students to select pre-written musical phrases to form an eight measure ragtime melody with accompaniment. The lesson allows students to access which phrases work well together, and which phrases lend themselves to ending material verses interior material.

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Level 2/Easy Piano Solos
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Free Sheet Music | Fur Elise for Piano

Weather you set up a music lesson lab with computers, software, apps, headphones, keyboards, worksheets and a dedicated area, or just informally include “lab time” at the end of student lessons, this post may prove to be a useful guide to many of the best, and most popular free resources on the web. If you have another suggestion please share with everyone by adding a comment below.

Keyboard Key Identification
Drill keyboard key identification skill with the resources found at these links.

Pronto Catapult
Keyboard Note Identification

Music Notation
Learn the basics of music notation with the following online resources.

The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines | Online Lesson

Note Naming
Drill notes with the following collection of free printable worksheets and interactive online resources/games.

Name That Tune! Note Name Worksheet
CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheets
Let’s Crossword! Note Name Worksheet
Eek! Shark! Note Name Arcade Game
Treble Clef Flash Cards
Bass Clef Flash Cards
Viola Clef Flash Cards
Treble Clef Concentration Game
Bass Clef Concentration Game
Viola Clef Concentration Game
Note Name Game
Mighty Music Man 1
Mighty Music Man 2
Space Invaders Note Names

Intervals
Learn and drill musical intervals with this collection of worksheets and interactive online resources.

Ready, Set, Go! | Interval Worksheet
Intervals | Interactive Lesson

Rhythm
Drill rhythm identification skills with the following free printable worksheets and interactive online games.

It All Adds Up! | Rhythm Worksheets
Music Press Distress | Rhythm Arcade Game
Let’s Play Store | Printable Rhythm Game
Note Duration | Online Lesson
Rest Duration | Online Lesson
Dots and Ties | Online Lesson
Rhythm Quiz Show
Rhythm Billionaire

Key Signatures
Learn and drill key signatures with the following online lessons/flashcards.

Key Signatures | Online Lesson
Virtual Flash Cards

Chords
Learn how to build chords with the following online music theory lessons.

Introduction to Chords | Online Lesson
Triad Inversion | Online Lesson
Seventh Chords | Online Lesson

Composers
Introduce your students to the great composers with the following printable worksheets and free coloring pages.

Great Composer Word Search Worksheets
Great Composer Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot Worksheets
Great Composer Coloring Pages
“Meet the Composer” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
“Meet the Composer” Job Application

Orchestra
Introduce your students to the instruments of the orchestra with the following printable worksheets.

“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Woodwinds
“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Brass
“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Strings
“Meet the Orchestra” Scavenger Hunt Worksheet | Percussion

Composing
Try writing your own music with this interactive online composing resource.

Compose You Own Music | Online

Music Terms
Look up music terms with this musical dictionary.

Classics for Kids Music Dictionary

Online Music Lessons
Get tips on basic piano performance techniques, or how to play you favorite songs.

YouTube.com
TeacherTube.com
FreePianoLessonsforKids.com
MakingMusicFun.net

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Interested in a new note naming activity for your piano students? Here are two games created by NolaPianoTeacher.Wordpress.com. Visit the site to print the game board and playing cards.

Learning Space Notes | Printable Board Game

Learning Line Notes | Printable Board Game

Enjoy!

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Mystery Message Game | Piano Recital Game
Color That Note! Note Name Worksheets | Free
Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests | Free to Print
Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests | Free to Print

Ever wanted to make your own music theory worksheets, but didn’t know where to start. Here’s a great post on ColorInMyPiano.com that will give you all the resources you will ever need to make great looking worksheets for your students.

Music Fonts: The Ultimate Guide on ColorInMyPiano.com

 

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MakingMusicFun.net has just introduced a new printable game that’s a twist on a classic playtime game. The shopper (student) is given rhythms to spend as currency, and he/she selects merchandise to purchase that has been priced at 1-12 beats in value. To play, select several toys from around the house, “price” them, and let the fun begin!

Download Let’s Play Store | Free Printable Rhythm Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Color That Note! Note Name Worksheets | Free
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Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests | Free to Print

Interested in a fun way to drill basic music theory skills. It All Adds Up! Rhythm Worksheets may be just what you need to help you memorize and understand the values of basic rhythms and the relationship of one rhythm to another.

Each It All Adds Up! Rhythm Worksheet drills three basic rhythms. Choose which rhythm set you would benefit most from learning about right now, and then master it. When you know them well, add a new set.

Instructions
Provide the answers for the first row of “facts”, and then try to beat your score with more correct answers or by racing the clock to complete the second and third columns in record time.

It All Adds Up! | Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter Notes)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth Notes)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Three (Whole/Dotted Half/Half Notes)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Four (Dotted Qtr/Quarter/Eighth Notes)
It All Adds Up! | Worksheet Five (Quarter/Eighth/Sixteenth Notes)

 

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Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests | Free to Print

Check out this free printable game from MakingMusicFun.net.

The game is like “Hangman”, but with a musical twist. All you need are the Mystery Message sheets (one for each student), pencils, paper and candy … lots of candy!

You can find step-by-step instructions and the free printable game sheet at the following link that will help you to introduce the game to your piano students, and get them playing in no time.

Mystery Message Game w/Worksheet

Have a great time!

 

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Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests | Free to Print

MakingMusicFun.net offers a collection of free printable note naming worksheets to develop early music theory skills. They are a quality educational resource and great fun!
Note Name Worksheet Instructions
Color over each of the first 5 whole notes with a different color for each note and then complete the rest of the worksheet by naming each note correctly and coloring each note the same color as it was colored at the top of the worksheet. Grab your crayons and color your way to success!

Color That Note! Worksheet Treble Clef/C Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/C Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Treble Clef/G Position
Color That Note! Worksheet Bass Clef/G Position

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Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests | Free to Print

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