Tag Archives: Music Printables

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

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

Back to School Calendar and Post Cards


Scheduling Calendar 2015-16

I remember when Arlene (a wonderful piano teacher/judge) showed me her studio calendar. It had dates on the sides and her piano studio schedule typed in the middle. I had never seen a calendar quite like this so I set about making one. By putting this calendar on the cover of my students’ binders, I solved the problem, once and for all, of remembering when events were scheduled.

I also added something that is one of the smartest things I ever did. I put in a “Deadline to be Memorized” date. If you have ever sweated it out before a student performance and the piece is still not memorized, you know what I’m talking about.

So I have a firm memorization date and it has really taken a lot of stress out of festivals and recitals.

Some teachers have asked me if I let students play in my recital if they don’t have their music memorized by a certain date, and the answer is yes, I do let them play!  There is always some kind of work-around: a back up piece, using the music, or playing a duet. My students know I am really big on back-up pieces. But for events such as festivals where parents pay money and students get a grade, I’m firm about the memorization deadline.

Today I present my 2015-2016 academic calendar. It is designed for you to print, re-insert it into your printer and using you favorite word processing program, typing your schedule of events and holidays for each month.

Set margins about 2 inches on each side and about 1.5″– 2″ from the top. After printing, insert it in the clear cover of their binder. For good measure, email a copy to parents.

To save ink and paper,  type and print your schedule on blank paper and hold it under my calendar in a bright window. Then you can see how well your typing will fit. Adjust your layout as necessary and save if you want to use it next year because I usually use about the same margins.

I made this to be an ink-saving design, with just a little color to make it fun. I drew everything, including the pattern on the border. The color you see on the screen will not be the printed color. Mine looks dark navy blue when I print it. Blue on a monitor is hard to match on desktop printers. If you’re a member of MTNA, don’t forget the discount at Office Depot/Office Max.

I’ve also included some printable post cards to remind parents when lessons resume.

I make this calendar every year, and once your students get used to it, they will always want one!



Filed under Teaching Aids, Teaching Business

Fun With Frogs: Piano Keys

Fun With Frogs:Piano Keys

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.


Filed under iPad Ideas, Music Printables, Preschool Music Resources, Worksheets