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Staff Paper Variety Pack for Students



Staff Paper Variety PackStaff Paper Variety Pack

I’ve combined all the various staff (manuscript) paper that I’ve posted over the years into one handy document. This will make it easier to locate a quick piece of staff paper when you need it. Plus, you can scroll through the PDF to find the size you want to print.

There are 6 different sizes of staff paper in this document for all ages and a size for teachers with good eyes. (not me!)  There is even a giant version with only 2 staves in landscape position for drawing clefs and notes.

I also included some staff paper that has really helped my beginning composers. It has the grand staff already drawn in. One page even has the bar lines drawn in.  This helps young students to be less intimidated about writing their own music, because it looks familiar and gives them some structure.  I tell my students they don’t have to use both clefs just because they are there! I also put lines for the name, date, and page number, because, well, every teacher knows why!

If you only want to print one size of staff paper and you’re not sure how to do it, please review my FAQ and scroll down the page until you find it. Save ink and paper and only print what you need. :)

This is the same staff paper I’ve always had on my site, but I’ve moved the location. There are 6 pages, and it is all in ink-saving black and white.


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Standard Size Staff Paper

Staff Paper130_10This is the size staff paper I use when I compose at the piano. Your older students will prefer it to the 8 stave paper I posted yesterday. The left margin is wider so students can put it in a binder.

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Staff Paper with 8 Staves

Staff Paper180_8I’ve posted some  staff paper for my younger students that is big enough for their small hands but not too big for a grand staff. I left a little extra room at the top for a title.  As with all of my material, click preview to print.

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Large Grand Staff composing with young children

staff-large-grand-staffI received a lot of requests for a  large size staff  that you can use as a grand staff and today I am finally getting around to posting it. I think it is rather hard to find staff paper this size, so be sure and take advantage of this if you think you can use it. It will save you some time either drawing it by hand or making your own in Word, not that it’s very difficult.  But if you are like I used to be with several children, a spouse, volunteer activities in school and church, as well as a piano studio, you need all the time you can save! Now that my children are all grown up and on their own I have a lot more free time.

This is a good size of staff paper to use for beginning composing activities.  Notating for children is difficult. It is like learning to write a new language and some of them are so young they are still learning to write words. You can draw the hard things for them, like the treble or bass clef. I teach that all notes start off as little “candy eggs” and you can either chocolate fill them or let them stay vanilla. The stem is the handle. Then I tell them to make sure the handle doesn’t come out of the top of their head! I also sing/chant “up on the right side, down on the left side” as we work.

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