For Music Teachers
These giant staves are perfect for teaching the basics of notation to beginner students. You may wish to laminate the page and use it as a whiteboard. Alternatively, made-to-size musical symbols can be found on the second page of the PDF file. These can be cut out and placed on the page.
Note Value Cupcakes
This is a fun exercise for beginner students who are learning about note values. The top of the cupcake shows the note symbol, whilst the bottom of the cupcake gives the name of the note. The cherries on top contain numbers, representing the number of beats each note is worth. Print out and cut around each cupcake part. Mix them up and get matching! NB this printout uses the UK note names (crotchet, quaver, etc).
Introduction to Rhythm Flashcards
This set is ideal for teaching simple rhythm to larger groups of beginners. Each card contains a square with either one or two black rectangles inside. One rectangle equals one clap (or ‘ta’ if you prefer to teach using Kodaly rhythm names), and two rectangles equals two even claps (or ‘ti-ti’/ ‘te-te’). Create a 4-bar rhythm with one bar per line. Once the children can clap a series of rhythms using the squares, you may turn the cards around to reveal the notation on the back.
Time signature cards are also provided as further development to the exercise. With these cards, you can teach the children about basic time signatures by putting them in front of the first bar and adjusting the number of squares accordingly.
N.B. these cards work best when printed double-sided.
Strengthen your group's aural skills with this fantastically fun bingo game! These bingo cards are designed for students learning about basic rhythm and feature crotchets ('ta'), quavers ('ti-ti'/'te-te') and crotchet rests ('sh').
For durability, I recommend laminating these cards and using plastic counters as markers.