Ladybug Folder Game

Ladybug Folder GameThis is just a simple little game you can mount to a folder for Primer level students. Students match note values, clef signs, and dynamic markings.

Ladybug Folder Game

Student Compositions

Little BrothersEvery year, our local MTA has a Composition Festival. Students write, record, and turn in a piece for evaluation, then play their original works at a recital. In my studio, we use Finale’s Notepad, a free notation program students can download, or PrintMusic at the studio for the final printout of the composition.

Then, we take things a step further. Using a picture that the student drew, or an image we found on the internet, we design a cover for the composition. I print the cover and the music on cardstock or HP Brochure paper, and tape the pages together using scotch tape. The students are then presented with a beautiful piece of sheet music. Kinkos or your local copy store can also print the music on paper that is similar to what music publishers use.

I love the look in my students’ eyes when they see their composition “published” for all to see!

Rhythm Flashcards

Rhythm FlashcardsI used rhythm cards like these just about every lesson when I taught elementary general music. I think they will come in handy for piano teachers as well. None of the cards are duplicated, so you will have a good stack of rhythms when you are done. To use less paper, print on the front and back of a heavy card stock.

I used these as just basic flashcards, where I held up a card and the students claped it or played the rhythm on a percussion instrument.  Once they were secure at reading the rhythms, I would show them the 1st card for 4 beats, then have them clap the rhythm as I show them the next flashcard. This takes a lot of focus, but the students loved it when they realized they could do it!

I also used these for Rhythm Tic-Tac-Toe, having students identify which of several rhythms was clapped, and all sorts of other games and activities.

Rhythm Flashcards Set 1
Set 1 includes Quarter Notes, Quarter Rests, and 8th Notes. These were my staple in Kindergarten and first grade classes.

Rhythm Flashcards Set 2
Set 2 is perfect for the Primer – Level 1 piano student. It contains quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes, and quarter, half, and whole rests.

Rhythm Flashcards Set 3
Set 3 has eighth, quarter, half, and dotted half notes, as well as quarter and half rests. Every card includes 8th notes.

Rhythm Cards Set 4 This set has 16 notes, as well as various 16th, 8th, and dotted 8th note combinations.

Rhythm Cards Set 5 This set has dotted quarter/8th note combinations.

Ice Cream Keyboard Matching Game

Ahh, more procrastination. My student teacher has some primer students who need a little more practice identifying notes on the keyboard. So, here is a yummy game to play to help learn those notes. Cut each ice cream scoop from the cone, and have students match them back up. There are 3 sets of ice cream cones, so each key gets to be on the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry scoop. These could also be easily mounted to a file folder, making a cute folder game.

Ice Cream Key NamesIce Cream Keyboard Matching Game





Keyboard Pentascale and Triad Cards

These are the result of some serious procrastinating on my part. I really need to finish a pile of stuff before a soon-to-come deadline, so I did these instead. The triads and pentascales are shown on keyboards. These can be used for simple identification, or print 2 copies for matching games. I made small cards for individuals as well as full page cards that can be used for large groups.

Keyboard Pentascales

Major Pentascale Flashcards – 4 to a Page

Major Pentascale Flashcards – Full Page

Keyboard Major Triads

Major Triad Flashcards – 4 to a page
Major Triad Flashcards – Full page

Color Coded Landmark Interval Cards

This idea came from Cecilly, one of the most creative, inspirational piano teachers out there. The flashcards have all of the landmark notes, followed by a 2nd’s and 3rd’s above and below.  They are color coded as well – the bass landmarks are green and the treble are blue.  The cards are rather large – 2 cards per page, so they work will with group classes as well.  I printed mine front and back on heavy card stock.

To print these 4 cards to a page, do the following:
1. Click on Print
2. Go to Page Scaling
3. Choose Print Multiple Pages Per Sheet
4. Put a 2 in the box for number of pages per sheet
5. You’ll get a nice preview of what it will look like
6. Push the print button, and you’re done!

Color Coded Landmark Interval CardsColor Coded Landmark Interval Cards




Tic -Tac-Toe Game and Variations

These are the first of the soon-to-be many tic-tac-toe variations. I love the idea of using tic-tac-toe instead of Bingo cards, since it is much faster to get through a game. Perfect for an off the bench activity during a lesson. There are 12 different cards in each set, making them ideal for group or individual lessons.

Directions for Tic-Tac-Toe (2 players)

  1. Print out the cards
  2. Print 2 copies of the last page (the answer cards,) each on a different color of paper. Green and blue, for example.
  3. Give each student a set of the colored answer cards. Two students play on the same “master board.”
  4. All of the answer cards are face up. Student #1 picks a green answer card and places it on the corresponding square. Student #2 picks a blue answer square and places it on the square. Continue in this manner until one of the students has three in a row of their color.


  1. Play the same way with the answer cards face down. If a student picked one that their opponent already had on the game board, they would just draw again. This would make it more random.
  2. Play like a traditional Bingo game, with each student having their own card and bingo chips. The teacher has the “answer” cards and calls out the notes. This is a good alternative to a bingo game with 25 squares, because it can be played much faster.

Thanks to Sharon for this great idea!

Tic-Tac-ToeLandmark Tic-Tac-Toe
Middle C Position Tic-Tac-Toe
Note Name Tic-Tac-Toe (Low C to High C)
Key Signature Tic-Tac-Toe