Tag Archives: Piano printables

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


Filed under iPad Ideas, Rhythm

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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Filed under Games, Group lesson ideas, Rhythm

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!



Filed under Teaching Business

St. Patrick’s Day Material

Here are some St. Patrick’s Day printables for elementary age students that I’ve made over the years. There is nothing new here, but I’m posting it for new readers.  To download, click on the link below the picture, not the picture itself.

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St. Patrick’s Day Card for your students

I used these last year and my student’s loved them! The are little shamrock cards that fold up. I add a gold foil covered chocolate coin inside! If you don’t have green paper, use some stickers or decorate with green markers.

Shamrock composing activity

Shamrock composing activity

Let’s Go Marching is a pre-reading activity that even beginners can do. Use either finger numbers or note names.

Shamrock composing_blank staffLet’s All Go Marching, a composing activity on-the-staff

This is the same composing activity as above, but designed for students who have learned a five-finger hand-position and can draw notes.

Shamrock kyboard note_raceShamrock Keyboard Game

This is one of the best games for learning piano keys. it is even good for older students. I’ve made this game with designs for all the seasons, and this one works well for St. Patrick’s Day.

ShamrockNotesShamrock Notes for St. Patrick’s Day

This is good way for beginning students to practice writing all the notes on the grand staff. I’ve learned that if students discover that notes on the staff just move up the alphabet, they are less fearful about learning them.

Shamrock rhythmsShamrock Rhythms Game

Last year I re-made the graphic of this game because my original used a ton of ink. But you only have to print out one copy.  Students draw cards to find missing rhythm values in a measure. There are some circle shaped cards to cut out. It is game for older elementary students who are comfortable with note values. It also can be used as a theory class game or file folder game. Print on cardstock and laminate for durability.

CloverFullONotesClover Full of Notes Rhythm Worksheet

This is a worksheet, so you can print one copy of this and either laminate it or place it inside a sheet protector and use dry erase pens. I made this as a review for students who have already learned rhythm values. This also looks fine printed in black in with no color. Does anyone want an outline only copy they can color in group lessons or music class?  Let me know and I’ll try to make one.


Filed under Holiday Activities and Worksheets, St. Patrick's Day