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.
I have a few students that struggle with reading bass clef despite being at an intermediate level of proficiency technically. To help the boost their bass clef reading skills, I’ve rewritten this Czerny etude from the Little Pianist in only bass clef. It seems to be helping.
Here is a copy of the original etude and here is a link to my adaptation. It’s just a straightforward rewrite but is time-saving for those who are looking for something like this.
Other strategies I’ve adopted are having these students learn only the left hand parts of various easier Bach pieces (one is working on Invention No. 13 in a minor, but it is proving a little harder than I’d like).
Do you have any pieces you like to use with intermediate students to focus on bass clef reading? I like them to be easy for them to learn and play (taking no more than a few lessons to master) because the goal is to have them reading often (doing more pieces) rather than getting bogged down in trying to learn something difficult. Any suggestions? For now, I’ll probably stick with rewriting Czerny.