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Mother’s Day Composing Activity

Every year I plan to remind teachers about these Mother’s Day composing activities on my website, but I always wait until it’s too late. This year I remembered in time for students to compose an ending and even memorize it before Mother’s Day.  Here is the original post if you would like some suggestions on how to use it. Even if students have learned to read notes on the staff, they enjoy these simple composing activities.

mother-mother-love-notesMother’s Day (pre-reading, no staff)

For older students, below is an  “on the staff” printable. Notice there are skipping notes and hands together. Students can write a melody divided between the hands, or write a melody in one hand and an accompaniment in the other. Clever students can write words to their melody. By having the rhythm already written for them, it makes it easy to compose a melody.


Mother’s Day (beginner, on the staff)

I didn’t want to leave Dad off, so here is one for Father’s Day.


Father’s Day (beginner, on the staff)

These were originally posted about 6 years ago. I hope you enjoy seeing them again!


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Made for the iPad: More Rhythm Notes


I’m gradually trying to add more to my Made for the iPad page. To find this page, go to the top menu bar and select “Free”, then “Newer Free Resources,” then “iPad Resources,” and you will see a collection of materials I use on my iPad. This is also how you can get to my old site. Just select “Older Resources.”

Today I am posting four more rhythm pages to draw on a mobile tablet.  Check out this post for more notes, and go here for a tutorial of a free, easy app to draw on worksheets with several mobile devices. According to the developer, the app works on an iPad, Android tablet, Kindle Fire, and Windows tablet, which is pretty amazing. [Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this app in any way and I discovered it by accident a few year ago.]

My iPad page is a work in progress.  If you are successfully using any of my material on your tablet, please email me with some feedback. Pictures are great, too!

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Let’s Draw Dotted Half Notes

Let’s Draw Eighth Notes

Lets Draw 16th Notes

Let’s Draw Upside Down Notes


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Rhythm Bingo for 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 Time Signatures


Compound Meter Bingo Boards [print in landscape orientation]

Compound Meter Bingo Calling Cards [print in portrait orientation]

One of my students looked wistfully at a game I had out and sighed real big. He said, “I know, I’m getting older and can’t be playing games like I used to.” He looked so pitiful and sad. I have to remind myself that games make learning theory more fun for all ages, not just my younger students. Take rhythms in 6/8, for example. Just about every student needs some extra help with compound meter. In this game there are plenty of 16th notes and rests to challenge students in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures. If your older students are taking a music theory test this spring, here is a good way to review rhythm for the test.

Teachers are always telling me I don’t make anything for older students. Actually I do, but material often gets hidden inside the files and becomes hard to find.  I’m going to try to make the intermediate material easier to find, if I can think of a way. I have a new search category, “Older Students” but it will take me time to go back through all my posts and add it, so be patient. Suggestions are always welcome!

By the way,  the 3/8 time signature is not compound meter but simple meter. However, I needed another row and it was either 3/8 or 12/8, so I went with 3/8.

Print the game boards on card stock in landscape orientation and laminate, if desired. Print the calling cards on perforated business card stock for 2 x 3.5 sized business cards.


  • To review rhythm patterns in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures


  • Older students who have been introduced to the time signatures and 16th notes and rests in the game

 Number of Players

  • Two to six 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 in landscape orientation. Laminate.
  • Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock in portrait orientation. 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.
  • 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 for group lessons with teens.
  • Students like Bingo games and this give them rhythm confidence.

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Folded Recital Program Cover


Folded Recital Cover

Today I am sharing one of my contemporary recital covers that I made a few years ago.  It is very simple and does not use much ink, which is what I try to do when I make a cover. This is the outside graphic. On the inside you can print your own program.

When I used this cover at my recital a few years ago, I used black ink on bright yellow paper. I love color, but some years ago I inherited a giant box of very nice paper in lot of colors, enough to make recital programs for years to come. However, for anyone who wants to print in color, I made a teal colored version just for you. It looks fine in black ink on white paper, too. I haven’t tried it, but it might look nice on blue/gray parchment paper.

If you want to put your studio name and date on the front, here is a quick tutorial.

  • Print out a copy of my PDF cover. Insert it back into your printer. If you are not sure which side to insert, test it out on scrap paper before-hand. Printing in landscape orientation can be tricky.
  • Open a new document in Word using landscape format.  For 8.5 x 11 inch paper, set a tab to the right at about 6 inches and scroll down about 7 to 7.5 inches. Type your studio name and date. Ideally, align the right side to the “R” in Recital.
  • If you are using the blue colored treble clef, a shade of gray makes a nice looking font for your name and date. Or, you might even be able to match the blue. Use black ink if you’re printing the black graphic.

Below is a photograph of a cover I made using the directions above.  This is not my actual recital program, but one I made to check if  my instructions were correct. :)

RecitalCoverPhoto copy


When it comes to cyan or aqua, it is impossible to print on paper the shade of blue on your computer screen. Plus, every printer is a little different. The aqua colored treble clef looks dark teal when I print it out, not the shade you see on your screen.

Here is a little help with the inside of your recital program. In your word processing program, find the columns tab. It is usually in the Page Layout, Page Set Up, or Format menu.  Make two  columns on your page with a 1 inch center margin. Set the outside margins at .5 inch. When you fold it, you should have half-inch margins on each side. At this point, I add a 3 column table but you can also use tabs.

Traditionally, the music title is on the left, the student’s name in the middle, and the composer’s name on the right margin.

My blogging colleague Joy Morin has posted many beautiful programs over the years, and hers are interactive! So go over to her site if you want to see some different programs.

For those of you with A4 paper, I’m not sure what margins to use, so maybe someone can help me out with that!



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