Animal 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.
Special Birthday Song
I wrote this for a student to learn to play for his brother’s birthday. You can use this with any beginning student. I decided not to put finger numbers in the “staff” version so that you can use what ever position you wish to start on. Also, the pre-reading version can be played on the black keys. If you have a young beginner with a summer birthday, this might be a fun song to print!
Isn’t it kind of sad when our students get too old for this kind of thing? Sad, and happy, too, because we can introduce them to a whole new world of music!
I originally drew the illustrations for a birthday game I posted a few years back. Click on the title below for the free download. This game has two levels, so you can play it with more than just beginners. It’s a fun game and it doesn’t have to be their birthday to play. It might be fun to use if you’re having a summer piano camp. The game is a big file, and it may take a while to download.
Frog Notes on the Staff
Frog Treble and Bass Notes
I hope you didn’t give up on me posting the final set in the Fun With Frogs series. I was out-of-town several days, meeting all the wonderful teachers at the Texas Music Teachers Convention. The Texas convention is huge and there was so much going on. I lost my iPad containing my presentations, found it, lost my iPhone, found it, and walked and talked a lot.
It was so exciting that my friend and teaching colleague Elizabeth Gutierrez won the TMTA pre-collegiate teacher of the year!
Speaking of Elizabeth, my next presentation is in San Antonio where I will speak at her Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. I’m going to open the iPad on-screen and show you how to use it. Elizabeth has some great sessions planned, like how to teach technique after the elementary level, the best classical pieces, and how to teach secure rhythm. Her students play so beautifully and polished, so I am looking forward to that.
Today’s post has piano worksheets for the notes around middle C position for young beginners. Print these sheets or open them in your iPad.
If you like these, you will probably like the others in the Frog series. These are all free downloads, because I just like to share!
Learning Piano Keys
Finger Numbers and Left/Right Hands
Frogs in Flip Flops – This 12-measure song uses only two notes, F and C. There are words and a teacher duet.
Below is something I did with my student to help him remember treble F. We had a lot of fun with Mr. Frog!
Fun with Frogs: Piano Keys
Continuing with my series of beginning worksheets for printing and for the iPad, here are 3 more. This is to help young students learn the names of piano keys. If you are new here, check out my previous posts in this series.
- Fingers and Hands (finger numbers, right and left hand)
- Beginning Rhythm (learning beginning rhythm notes and includes UK vocabulary worksheets)
- Tutorial for MetaMoji (I am not affiliated with this company but just happen to like this app for using worksheets on a mobile tablet)
These are high quality PDF documents that look good printed. Save ink and insert them into clear document covers and use over and over with a dry erase marker.
But they can also be downloaded on an iPad or any mobile tablet. You will need to download an app for writing on PDF documents and buy a stylus.
I like about MetaMoji Lite because it allows you keep these 3 pages in a file together so students can go page to page. This is unusual in a free document. In many free apps, each PDF page is a different file.
I have another page of frog worksheets for notes on the staff! I will post it soon.