There are so many ways to teach kids to read music. Some teachers believe mnemonics is the way to go, while others support the tried-and-true flash card method.

I think Trevor from TeachPianoToday.com said it best when he wrote:

The truth is… everyone is right and everyone is wrong.

Kids learn differently. What works for one child, doesn’t work best for another.

Check out their awesome full post – 5 Ways To Recognize One Note – How To Read Notes On The Staff – at TeachPianoToday.com

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

 

 

Do you kids or students need some help with note naming? This memory game is a fun addition to your note naming drill strategies.

First, drill the note names with your student by laying the cards on the table face up. Select a set of notes to drill. If your student is just beginning, a set of 5 cards – C-G – may be all you want to drill. Ask them to combine the cards in pairs – the F note with the F card – until all the cards are paired.

Next, shuffle the cards and place them on the table face down. Playing against your student, begin the matching game. Take turns flipping the cards over, trying to find pairs and remember where all the cards are. The player with the most pairs at the end of the game wins the game.

Free Printable Game

Memory (Concentration) Game | Treble Clef Note Names

 

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Browse other “The Piano Student” music theory posts:

Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

Here’s game you teacher can play with their students during piano lab time, or just with the family. Provided in the printable download is a game board, musical term cards, “Jump the Plank” cards and an answer sheet.

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About this Activity
Ahoy there, Matey! Want to add some swashbuckling fun to your music theory skill building efforts? PirateQuest™ provides young musicians with a pirate-themed game board and 30 basic music term cards to drill and practice. Mix and match the question cards to drill the musical terms they need to know. When they’ve mastered the first set, grab a new set of terms.

Download Pirate Quest | Music Terms Game

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

Review

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 your kids just getting started with music? MakingMusicFun.net has a set of flash cards that are super cute that you can download for FREE.

Download Flash Frog™ Flashcards

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About these Flashcards
Flash Frog™ flashcards drill note names, basic rhythms, basic dynamics and a few more musical symbols that are commonly seen in beginning music books. They’re perfect for the beginning piano student, but can also be used with recorder and guitar students as well. You can also use the cards to play a matching game, or print two sets and play “Go Fish”.

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Browse other “The Piano Student” free sheet music posts:

All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Free eBook
Composing with Kids | Free Piano Lesson eBook
Level 1/Easy Piano Solos
Level 3/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 4/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 5/ Intermediate Piano Solos

Get these free printable Memory (Concentration) games from MakingMusicFun.net, and add some excitement to your note name drills.

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Begin by selecting 16 cards (8 note cards and 8 alphabet letter cards). Then test your memory and your ability identify the notes of the treble, bass or viola clef. The player with the most pairs of matching cards at the end of the game wins. For two or more players. One player could race the clock, trying to beat a previous time.

Available in 3 Clefs
Free Printable Memory (Concentration) Game | Treble Clef
Free Printable Memory (Concentration) Game | Bass Clef
Free Printable Memory (Concentration) Game | Viola (Alto) Clef

 

Want Music Flash Cards? Find them at the following link:
Free Printable Flash Cards | Treble and Bass Clef

Flash cards are a great way to introduce young pianists to their note names. The following links will take you to two pages where you can instantly print a collection of nicely designed flash cards. Since our desktop printers don’t print double-sided, an answer key is provided at the end if you need help marking the backs of the cards with the answers.

Free Music Theory Flash Cards | Treble Clef

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Free Music Theory Flash Cards | Bass Clef

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Piano Apps for Kids
Four apps that actually help kids to learn to play the piano.

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store
Meet Beethoven iPad App (Includes sheet music with interactive tools for practicing)

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