Here’s a non-fancy music theory worksheet for students learning the circle of 5ths and their key signatures. It includes only the keys with sharps (i.e. C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, C#).
I will create a follow up worksheet that will include the flat keys sometime in the coming weeks.
Get the free pdf here.
I’m constantly on the prowl for free downloads of basic music theory worksheets to supplement my students’ own theory workbooks.
Here’s my current list:
Fun and Learn Music: This website has about 30 or so free worksheets geared for elementary students. Areas include generic interval training, rhythm, whole steps/half steps, hand and finger recognition, flats and sharps, and note naming. The note naming is useful because it is broken down into positions so you can assign students working on Middle C position worksheets that will specifically and only cover those notes. Worksheets are available for print in color. Only criticism is that the sheets have “FUN AND LEARN MUSIC” printed very large over the entire worksheet – it might prove vaguely distracting for some students.
Opus Music Worksheets: Has 12 free worksheets on beginning music theory. Each worksheet has lesson in it. These worksheets are more suited to the older learner as they are more dense and have no graphics or games – they are straightforward question – answer style. I do however use these worksheets on occasion with my younger students where none other will suit.
Lawrence University Gene Biringer’s Home Page: Worksheets appropriate to learn fundamentals, designed for use by college students. In addition to basics, covers more advanced topics such as modes, transposition, identification of seventh chords, and identification of triads in major and minor keys.
Susan Paradis: free resources designed for children. Includes color graphics. Also includes holiday themed worksheets.
Color in My Piano: Has some really good stuff, but the website is organized in a way that makes it a little difficult to navigate. Worth the trouble however. You can even find a music instruments workbook that is really good for group lessons with young students.
To be continued . . .
I had my first studio group lesson a while back with a group of girls aged 7- 13. We had seven of us and had a great time.
Here was my lesson plan:
- An introduction game as an icebreaker
- An memory game
- Musical symbol bingo courtesy of Susan Paradis
- Listening worksheet
- Beginning learning about the orchestra workbook
I intend to write more about this in the future, but for now, I just wanted to share my listening worksheet.
You can get the full document here.