Category Archives: Theory

New Theory Worksheets for Theory Tests

I recently made some handouts for the changes in the TMTA theory test. The first one here is for 3rd grade. The other two are some big changes in the 4th grade test. These basic theory concepts can be used for all music students, even if they don’t take a formal theory test.  Click on the link below the image to print the tests.  These can also be used on an iPad. Let me know if you find any mistakes!


Interval Stars


Theory Stars  New in the Texas Theory Test for Grade 4

Star Theory

Whole Step Half Step Stars




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Droid Key Signatures


Droid Key Signatures

Happy New Year everyone! As the New Year starts, I want to thank everyone for your support. Without you, this website would not be possible and I sincerely appreciate all you do to help out.

Today I am posting 2 worksheets. These were made for students ages 9 to 11.

I wanted to make a worksheet to review key signatures, but it needed to be a little special, not just another boring worksheet. So I thought of the idea of making a secret code for some of the famous quotes from Star Wars.

IMPORTANT:  When you use this, don’t tell them the quotes are from Star Wars! If you do, and they have seen the original Star Wars movie, they will fill out the missing letters without bothering to fill in the key signatures. Don’t ask me how I know this. Let me just say that I test everything out with my students!

The first worksheet includes the major keys of C,G,D,A,E,B and F. The second worksheet contains C,G,D,A,E, plus F, B flat, E flat, and A flat.  Be sure to encourage students to put the flat sign on the keys B flat, E flat, and A flat. It doesn’t help solve the message, but it is important they get used to adding the flats. I ask my student what if they are playing in a band and the key is E flat, but they wrote down E. And then I play Jingle Bells with one hand in the key of E and the other in E flat!

This turned out to be a fun way to review key signatures! I hope your students like it, too!



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Fun with Frogs: Beginning Rhythm

Today’s post includes some beginning rhythm fun sheets continuing with the frog theme. I made these to help students learn rhythm note names. We can work on counting, meter, and keeping a steady beat at their lessons. In addition, I tried these sheets and the ones I posted Monday on an iPad with a 7-year-old, and they worked just fine, after I helped him figure out the best way to hold the stylus.  So, while these print out well and don’t use too much ink, they will also work on your tablet.

FunWithFrogsRhythmFun with Frogs – Beginning Rhythm

I promised my faithful UK readers a version with their rhythm vocabulary!

Fun With Frogs Rhythm UK

Frog Rhythm UK version

To those of you who can’t figure out how to use an iPad for these, I am here to help. But please send an email rather than leave a comment. Speaking of email, I discovered that all the emails that were sent from this site for the last few months went into my spam folder and were deleted. So if I never answered your question, please try again. 🙂

Fun With Frogs on an iPad
Fun With Frogs on an iPad


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Blackberry Sherbet Dotted Quarter Notes


Blackberry Sherbet Rhythm

When I was growing up, summers for me always meant going blackberry picking. We would wear long sleeves and gloves to keep the thorns from hurting and we would bring along all our dogs to “chase the snakes away.” The dogs must have done their job because I never saw a snake, and we were always deep in the woods. The best part that made it all worth while was blackberry pie. I wish I knew where I could pick wild blackberries in Texas because they really do make better pies than the cultivated ones!

I tried to draw a blackberry pie image for this worksheet but it didn’t look very much like summer, so I decided a cool, delicious blackberry sherbet would be fun.

Blackberry Sherbet Rhythm is a worksheet to review dotted quarter notes in 4 meter.  It is a little different from the last one I posted where students only add bar lines. In order to be more age appropriate, this one also has students adding missing notes and time signatures.  It is a good review for theory exams.

The best way to teach dotted quarter notes is to show how the dotted note equals 3 eighth notes tied together. It always needs an 8th note (or anything that equals an 8th note) to be complete in 4 meter. If students are having trouble, I get out my handy Rhythm Pizza and show them or even the Rhythm in the Grid printable. (These two are pretty old, so if you can’t download them, email me.) Then they need a lot of practice tapping and saying it. I use the Kodaly syllables “tum-ti” but there are many more.

On an older post I have links to all the Summer Treats material I’ve posted so far in case you want to bundle them all up. Here is the link.

My students are using the color version on my iPad. If you want to save ink, print one and put it in a clear sheet protector and use a dry erase marker. Store all the worksheets in a binder. I also included a black and white version if you need to save ink.

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