Category Archives: Note Identification

Animal Alphabet Memory Match

Animal Alphabet Memory Match GameAnimal Alphabet Memory Match

My students love memory games. Maybe it is because I have such a bad memory I never win!

I made this game for a student who is learning the notes on the staff around middle C. You might notice the illustrations are the same I’ve used in a lot of beginning activities. [A few years ago I wrote a set of short songs for each of these animals and the links are at the end of this post.]


  • The object of the game is to match the alphabet letter to the correct note on the staff.
  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader.
  • Print the first page on card stock.
  • Re-insert the first page into your computer and print on the back. (You might need to practice how to print on the back using scrap paper.) There is a tutorial in my FAQ page about how to print on the back of PDF documents.
  • Laminate the cards for durability. Cut them along the dotted lines.
  • Place the cards face down in a 4 x 4 grid as shown above.
  • The first player turns over 2 cards. If they match he keeps them and takes another turn. If not, it is the second player’s turn.
  • The second person continues in the same way.
  •  The player with the most cards wins.


  • To identify the names of notes located around middle C.
  • To improve visual memory skills.


  • Young beginners through ages 7 or 8.

Grid to Help Young Children Play Memory Games

Young students often have trouble playing memory games because they don’t realize after they look at a card they have to put it back in the exact same space. I use this grid, glued to the file folder that holds the cards, to help them put it back in the correct space.

Memory Game Grid

Animal Alphabet Songs Teaching Beginning Notes

A is for Alligator

B is for Bears Playing Baseball

Pat the Cat

Dogs Eating Doughnuts  (The Doughnut Mystery)

E is for Elephant

Frogs Wearing Flip Flops

G is for Giraffe


Don’t forget the cards that match notes using clothes pins. These are a fun manipulative for preschool children.



Filed under Games, Note Identification, Preschool Music Resources

Personalize Your Binder Covers: An Editable PDF

Editable Binder CoverEditable Binder Cover

Today I am posting a binder cover that you can personalize by typing directly on the PDF before you print it. It’s kind of clunky, but I’m sharing it anyway because it can be a real time saver. The editing part is kind of a hidden feature that you don’t have to use.


  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you probably use to print all of my material.)
  • There are two text fields. (See the arrows above where I wrote Zachary and Piano Binder. You do not have to use my wording.)
  • I formatted the text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
  • Select “Highlight Existing Fields.” This will show you where to type.
  • You should see a large blinking cursor.
  • Type any text you desire, but it has to fit in the field. Adjust your wording to fit because to my knowledge you cannot adjust the size.
  • If you have trouble seeing the blinking cursor, using the graphic above as a guide, click in the middle of where I typed.
  • If you can’t get it to work use the method I mentioned in my last post.

Adobe Reader does not let you change fonts, size, and color to the best of my knowledge. Adobe designed the program to be used for filling out forms, not for designs! Maybe there is a way I don’t know about!

This makes a nice binder front or back for a new student. It matches the calendar I posted last week.

If you like editable PDF’s, let me know and I can make some more in the future.


Filed under Music Printables, Note Identification, Teaching Aids

Note Matching for iPad or to Print

Note Matching

Note Matching

Not too long ago one of my younger students was watching his older brother do some theory work on the iPad. Like most little brothers, he wanted to try it too, but it was a little too hard for him. I asked if he wanted me to make something just for him, and he was pretty excited about that!

One mistake that teachers often make when using an iPad with young children is that the screen is too small for the young hand to navigate. If you use worksheets and apps with your students, they have to be age appropriate. I made this one nice and big and students only need to draw short lines. Because it is so big, you can also use it on your mobile phone with older students.

Sometimes in our rush to use new technology, we forget that children learn better with old-fashioned hands on activities. As a music educator, I’ve always been concerned about child centered teaching. My advice to teachers is to keep that in mind and not over-do worksheets and mobile devices with our elementary piano students. After all, piano lessons are a hands on activity! Moderation in all things is always a good thing to remember.

If using a lot of ink is not a problem for you and you don’t have an iPad or some other tablet, these sheets are high quality PDFs and can be printed.

  • Use the MTNA discount and print them at Office Depot.
  • Check for a color print sale at office stores, drug stores, or big box stores.
  • Place in clear sheet protectors or laminate to use with dry or wet erase markers.
  • Black dry erase markers erase better than the colored ones.

Wet erase markers are a lot easier to use, but if you teach in your living room like I do, that is not an option, unless you cover everything in painter’s drop cloth! :)

If you are looking for a good, free app to use, I recommend MetaMoji Note Lite also called Note Anytime Lite. You can find my tutorial here. This app can be used on most mobile devices including iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows, and your mobile phone.  [Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this company. I found this app on my own, and I think it is very teacher friendly.] Email me if you have trouble figuring out how to use it.



Filed under iPad Ideas, Note Identification, Texas State Theory Test, Worksheets

Summer Treats Funsheet for Beginners

Cherry Popsicles Funsheet

Cherry Popsicles Funsheet

Cherry Popsicles Black & White

Does anyone remember a few years back when I posted some music worksheets with a “Summer Treats” theme? Well, I’ve always planned on adding more to that series, so here is a new one.  This is for an average age beginner to learn some of the basics of piano. And I even made a black and white version that students can color.

I plan to add more to the Summer Treat set of worksheets, so check back. I found some in my files that I’ve never shared!

[Ed: Here are some I’ve made since this post.]

Blackberry Sherbet Dotted Quarter Notes

Candy Bar Lines (contains simple 8th notes)

The sheets I posted previously are for students who already know notes and rhythms. If you want to download them, I’m reposting them here for your convenience.


Summer Treats Note Story 



Orange Popsicles



Frozen Yogurt Rhythms



Snow Cone Signs and Symbols

For my UK friends. I also made some of these worksheets with UK terms and spelling. Here’s the link to my UK page. 

UK WorksheetsPP-2



Filed under Music Printables, Music Vocabulary, Note Identification, Rhythm, Worksheets