Animal Alphabet Songs


7 Alphabet Animal Songs

I tried to make it easy for everyone by creating one PDF document for all 7 of these songs. But for some reason, no matter how I tried, the links were not correct. So I am starting all over with new links. If this doesn’t work, I will have to come up with another cunning plan. :)

You have permission to use these with your students. They may not be sold, the files may not be shared, and they may not be posted on other websites. You are welcome to share a link back to this page. Hot linking the PDF is not allowed. The music, lyrics, and art are my original creations.

When I first published these songs in 2013, each one was a separate blog post. I discussed the creative process in writing them and how very, very difficult it is writing a song with just one or two notes. That is why I composed duets for each one.  They make the music a lot more interesting for student and teacher.

I think students do better at reading in the long run if they learn from the very beginning that middle C is not always going to be a thumb. I know not everyone agrees with this, so please feel free to put whatever finger numbers suit your fancy. In some of the songs, I left the fingering off so that you can do just that.

These pieces are supposed to be like nursery rhymes. The lyrics help with the rhythm and make the songs more fun. Please encourage your students to sing or at least chant along!

Below are links (hopefully!) t0 the original blog posts for each individual song. I had so much fun writing these songs and using them with my youngest students. That is why I enjoy sharing them with you. Do your students have a favorite? I would love to know which one! Even better, I would love to see a video of your student singing and playing!

Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A

B is for the Baseball Bear

Pat the Cat’s Patting Song

E is for Elephant

The Doughnut Mystery: It’s D Day

Frogs Wearing Flip Flops

G Is For Giraffe







Filed under Elementary Music, Note Identification, Preschool Music Resources

Pumpkin Music Math and Other Autumn Activities


Pumpkin Music Math

Today I am posting two Thanksgiving rhythm worksheets that you can start using right away.

My students seemed to know instinctively how to do these worksheets. Students add the quarter note in the middle to the patterns in each group and write the answer as a note in the blank. Try to remind them to use a note instead of a number. This way it is not as difficult to learn 6/8 meter later on.

Dotted notes are tricky to explain, but if you remind them that a dotted quarter note equals 3 eights (and keep reminding them), it makes it a lot easier.

  • “One and a half beats” is confusing to young students who may not have learned fractions in school.
  • “A dotted quarter note equals 3 eight notes” is easier to understand.

That is why the Kodaly method uses 3 eighth notes tied together to teach a dotted quarter note.

Are you looking for more autumn activities? Try these.

Hide the Pumpkins – a worksheet to identify notes and piano keys in several levels.

The Pumpkin Patch – a fast board game.

Kandy Key Signatures – students construct key signatures with candy corn. They can also draw them.

Pumpkin Notes – write the names of notes on the staff.

It’s October – 2 composing activities – on-the-staff composing and pre-reading composing.

Pumpkin or Leaves – a fun, very fast game using the piano keys to review or learn the names of piano keys.

For Thanksgiving games and worksheets, check out this link. 



Filed under Holiday Activities and Worksheets, Rhythm, Thanksgiving, Worksheets

Easy Rhythm Bingo

Easy Rhythm Bingo Easy Rhythm Bingo

Easy Rhythm Bingo Calling Cards

Not too long ago I posted a rhythm bingo game for older students with meters such as  3/8 and 9/8. An alert teacher asked me if I had posted a beginner version. Of course I thought so because I  remember playing it. I have to be honest, however. After posing hundreds of files over the years, I can’t remember what I have on the site. As I looked through my website, sure enough, it was not there.  Things came up, and it got lost in the Games That Never Were Finished file.


  • To review rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures


  • Cards 1 & 2 have no 8th notes.
  • Cards 3 & 4 have simple patterns using 8th notes.

 Number of Players

  • Two to 8 players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
  • Game may also be played by one student and teacher


  • Game board and rhythm card printables
  • At least 9 bingo tokens for each player


  • Print the game boards on card stock.
  • Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock or regular card stock. Separate or cut the cards.
  • Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
  • Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens. Students put a token on the “Free” space.
  • The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
  • If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
  • The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
  • The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
  • To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.

Why I Like This Game

  • It is a good game to practice rhythmic ear training.


Filed under Games, Rhythm, Texas State Theory Test

Halloween and Fall Pre-reading Music

Halloween PreReading Music

I’ve finally completed some of my older pre-reading Halloween pieces in portrait format. When I did this last year with the on-the-staff Halloween and Christmas music, I thought it was going to be so easy to rotate them from landscape to portrait. Well, it was not as easy as I thought. I had to start all over from the beginning. The only things I didn’t have to re-do was my drawings. However, the benefit is that we can put the pages in a binder without having to take it out to play or awkwardly turning their binder sideways.  My parents and students really appreciate the portrait orientation, and I hope you do too! At the bottom of this page there is a link to the same pieces on-the-staff.

[Edited: I’m sorry to say I made some mistakes when I remade some of the pieces.  I’ve tried to fix them all. Thank you so much for letting me know!]


What Will I Say on Halloween?

What Will I Say on Halloween

It's October

It’s October

Halloween Halloween

Halloween Halloween PR

Halloween Is Almost Here

Halloween Is Almost Here

See The Scarecrow PR

See The Scarecrow PR

Hey Mr. Mummy

Hey Mr. Mummy PR

Once A Year On Halloween

Once A Year On Halloween PR

Five Little Pumpkins_PR

Five Little Pumpkins PR

Don’t forget most of these are also available as on-the-staff versions!

Halloween Music • 7 Primer Songs

Updated Halloween Music



Filed under Halloween, Preschool Music Resources