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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Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

 

 

I like to end music lessons with a game/activity. One that I use often is a game that I made up many years ago. The basic goal of the activity is to get students to name the keys on the piano keyboard accurately and quickly.

Rules/Proceedures

1) Tell students, “We are going to play a game. The first one to ten points wins.”

2) Tell students, “I will call out an alphabet letter. As quickly as you can, play the correct key. I will count to two, and then play the correct key. If you beat me, you get the point. If you play the wrong key, or I beat you, I get the point.”

3) Begin the game, tallying the score as you go. First one to 10 points wins the game.

Variation
You can also try a variation on this game by point to notes on the printed page if you would like to make note naming your goal. If you go this route, I find it helpful to limit the number of notes used during game play for younger students.

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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

 

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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

 

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Learning Line Notes | Printable Board Game

 

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

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

Here’s a fun set of note name worksheets for your piano students. The Treble Clef/C Position worksheet is a great place to start. Once they have those notes learned you can try another sheet.

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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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!

Check out this free note naming worksheet. Name each note and then write the alphabet letter in the blank below. Once you figure out what the word is, you can start solving the puzzle!

Let’s Crossword! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet

 

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CodeMaker! note name worksheets make music theory fun,  challanging kids turn words into secret code – music notes!

The following worksheets are available on the MakingMusicFun.net website, and are free to print. Check them out!

CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet

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CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet

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

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