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Free Music Theory PDF Worksheets to Download and Print

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The most important factor in teaching music theory properly is to teach things thoroughly and in the right sequence

The sequence is as follows.......

1: Note Names

note naming worksheets and answer sheets to download

You can download the free music theory note naming "explainer" and worksheet shown above from this page

2: Whole-Step and Half-Step Intervals

intervals worksheets and answer sheets to download

Above you can see some of our resources themed around developing an understanding of whole-step and half-step intervals. The "explainer" can be downloaded free from this page. Our "one click download" now features answer papers for the portion of our resources dealing with the five "basics" of music theory featured in this section

3: Scales

major scales worksheets and answer sheets to download

When students are secure in their knowledge of how to name notes and are familiar with whole and half-step intervals they are ready to use the capabilities developed to this point to construct, first the C Major Scale and from there (using the same sequence of intervals) all other Major Scales

The Major Scale "Explainer" in the illustration can be downloaded free from this page

4: Chords

major and minor chord worksheets and answer sheets to download

The free to download (from this page) "explainer" above deals with constructing chords from scales while the worksheets and answer sheets support class work (or distance learning materials) using the principles under study

5: Keys

major and minor chords in keys worksheet

When students are able to construct three note Major and minor triads they are ready to look at how they can be combined within keys

This site is designed to help teachers to get ALL of their music students to develop a "joined up" working knowledge of music theory. The handouts and worksheets below are drawn from various stages of the programme. They can all be used (and are very useful) as a "stand alone" music theory resource but are much more effective when used in the correct sequence as set out in out lesson plans (which you can download from further down this page)

Music Theory: Getting "The Basics" Right and teaching topics in the correct sequence

Naming Notes Correctly

If our students cannot confidently supply the correct name for a note or the correct choice of names that are assigned to accidentals then they will struggle with every other aspect of music theory


Music Theory note naming PDF worksheets to print

The Principles of Note Naming explained clearly and simply

The explainer below sets out to make sense of the situation in which some notes on the keyboard (the white ones) can have only one name while others (the notes found under the black keys) can be assigned one of two names

Music Theory note naming PDF handouts and worksheets to print

Effective Learning from the Start

Above you can see the Music Theory "Explainer" and below two of the five note naming worksheets in the download. If you study the worksheet you will see that students are required to identify the name of the note to be found under the white keys and to supply the two possible letter names (with appropriate sharps and flats) for the notes located under the black keys. The "explainer" encourages students to commit to memory the fact that they will always be able to find a note of C immediately to the left of any grouping of two black keys. From there it is possible to work out the location of any other note


Music Theory note naming PDF worksheets to print

There are a whole series of FREE "Explainers" to download and use as you progress down this page

Music Theory note naming PDF worksheets to print

Making the knowledge "secure" with worksheets

Above you can see the note naming "Explainer" alongside some of the 300+ worksheets in our ($18.00 "one click download") package designed to help students become aware of, and then familiar with the principles that govern the correct naming of notes

If our students do not get this stage absolutely right then they will struggle with every other area of music theory

The free explainer (and the resources if you decide to buy them?) can be distributed to your students during lessons or can be sent to them by email as well as being uploaded to a school or college IT system so that they can access it for home study. It can also be laminated and pinned up on a music classroom wall for "quick reference" during lessons


The free worksheet that you can download by clicking the text above is one that you can use during classroom sessions towards the beginning of a course to ensure that your students
"get the basics right"
The worksheet requires students to provide the correct letter names for notes found under the white keys on a piano. Further worksheets to be introduced at a later stage ask learners to provide both potential letter names for the notes to be found under the black keys. The worksheet does not rely upon notated music (although many other of the worksheets do use notated material).

During the early stages of study (until students understand note names, whole and half step intervals, together with basic scales and chords) notation is not relied upon at all. The logic underpinning this is that for too long we have tried to teach our students a system that they do not currently understand (music theory) in a language that many of them do not (yet) speak (notation)

If our students can count from one to twelve and know the alphabet from A through to G then they already have the tools that they need to "get" music theory.

music intervals whole and half step worksheet

The next topic is whole-step and half-step intervals

As a prelude to understanding scales our students need to become aware of the two types of musical intervals (whole and half-step intervals) that combine in sequence to create the scales that underpin just about all of the music that we hear today

Music Theory Intervals PDF worksheets to print


Music Theory Intervals PDF worksheets to print

Using the Music Theory "Explainers" with Worksheets

Music Theory Teachers can help to make sure that students retain and reinforce their knowledge of this material by combining them with worksheets. When students are familiar with the concept of applying the correct name to a note and with the principles that underpin movement through whole-step and half-step intervals then they are ready to use that knowledge to investigate the construction of scales

Music Theory Intervals PDF worksheets to download and print

Understanding whole and half-step intervals "unlocks" scale construction for our music theory students

The music theory explainer document above is a great reference for your learners. It explains clearly and concisely how the two basic intervals of a whole-step and a half-step combine to construct Major scales. You can print and give them to your students during classroom sessions. You can also send them via email or upload them to school or college learning portals or IT systems for distance learning.

Constructing Scales

When (and only when) a learner can assign the correct name (or potential choice of names) to any given note and are familiar with whole-step and half-step intervals are they ready to move on to study scales

free music theory worksheet on scale spelling

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Constructing Major Scales

free music theory worksheet on scale spelling

Scale Spelling "Explainer"


A range of music theory worksheet on scale spelling

Using the "explainer" alongside the worksheets

If you look at the graphic above you will see that the two worksheets on the left require that students only provide the letter names for each note of the scale while the worksheet on the right can be used with more advanced students or students who have a "traditional" and formal musical training within a group who are familiar with notation etc. The use of two worksheets covering the same material at different levels is a great way to demonstrate to those who judge us on concepts such as "differentiated learning" etc where we need to engage a group of students who have wildly different experiences and "prior learning" history before coming into our classrooms (which when you think about it is every student group that we teach)

Effectively teaching Whole-step and Half-step intervals

The picture below shows a couple of the Major Scale construction Worksheets from our download. Notice how the sequence of whole and half-step intervals is specified by the letters "W" and "H" in the shapes that link the circles where students supply the letter names. This device gives students a visual cue every step of the way and in the early stages of study, helps break down the sequence of intervals that make up the scale into a set of simple, manageable steps

music theory worksheet on major scale spelling

Minor Scales

Having firmly established the logic underpinning the construction of Major scales it is now a good time to turn our attention to minor scales. To see that they too are constructed from a series of whole and half-step intervals (just in a different order) and to take a closer look at the differences (and similarities) between the two scales

The study of this material is the perfect preparation for the next topic where we turn our attention to the study of Major and minor chords

music theory worksheet on major chord construction

Dealing with more than one note at a time

music theory worksheet on major chord construction

When our students can construct scales it is time to move on to chords

When they understand how scales are constructed then our students are ready to look at the how chords are created from scales. The best way to do this is to have them construct a given scale and then to identify the notes of a (three note) chord that can be derived from it

Basic Triads

Below is a Free Printable Music Theory Worksheet which invites students to examine the notes that make up major and minor triads and to go on to identify the chords in question. This music theoryworksheet (like all of our resources) can be used in the traditional way during classroom sessions or can be compiled with others to make up "revision booklets" etc. You can also use these materials in order to "stretch" more capable students of music theory while you spend some time helping less able members of the classroom group to get to grips with concepts that they find difficult?

When a student understands major and minor triads then they are ready to move on to investigate how Major, minor and diminished chords combine to create Keys

free music theory worksheet on major and minor chords

Get this useful Free Major and minor chords worksheet



All of the teacher's music theory worksheets in the download

Music theory Tests

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Print Free Music Theory Test



This free printable music theory worksheet is just one of our series of twenty music theory tests designed to let both you and your students know the "state of play" with regard to their knowledge of theoretical concepts

The questions are designed so that learners will be obliged to think about elements of music theory from a variety of angles. In addition to constructing scales and chords they are asked to look at an existing scale or triad and then to analyse it's component parts.


Print a FREE Music Theory Student Progress Tracker

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Free Music Theory Tracking System
for your students

The tracking system above is designed to provide simple and reliable data to music teachers (and their students) with regard to the learners functional understanding of the harmonic and melodic elements of music theory. The other materials on this site offer classroom music teachers a structured series of music worksheets designed to take students from a point where they have little or no functional understanding of how harmony and melody works to a place where they understand scales, chords, key signatures and harmonic systems

The Tracker In Use

Below you can see an image of the tracker and hopefully you should be able to see just how simple (and foolproof!) it is to use. Each of the skills and capabilities required or desired from our students is listed and the completed worksheets give us evidence of progress to date. The tracker also comes with a "diagnostic" document that I get my students ti complete during a very first music theory session which allows me (and them and the administrators who always seem to require "evidence" of stuff before they leave us alone to get on with our jobs) to see how far there is to go from the outset of a course

music theory student results tracking system

Music Theory Diagnostic Test

The graphic below shows the free music theory diagnostic test that comes with the free tracking system. I use the test with any new group of students during a first session. It is a quick and reliable way of finding out just where that are with relation to knowing how music works and is a great way of getting a "snapshot" of where any individual student is starting from before a programme of study commences

It is not an examination!

It can be important to stress to students that the test is not an examination and is only there to help you (the teacher) to work out what needs to be done during the course of upcoming sessions. Take the pressure off by predicting that most people in the room will struggle to get any of the questions right but that by the end of the process everybody (just so long as they pay attention!) will "breeze it"

music theory student diagnostic test

Music Theory note naming PDF lesson plans to print

Simple to follow FREE Lesson Plans that really work!

Follow the link below to get a whole load of lesson plans designed to take a student from the point that they have no functional understanding of music theory at all to a place where they completely "get" Notes, Scales, Chords and Keys


The "Explainers" are designed to work on their own or with our worksheets

The reality is that most people who visit my site are not music teachers who will buy my stuff but are folks who have been pointed here by search engines because they have a query that an algorithm somewhere thought that I'd be able to help with. If you fall into that category please feel free to download the freebies and I genuinely hope it helps you. I use the internet as a huge source of free information too (such as for the correct way to spell algorithm just now which I was convinced had an "h" in it till google told me better?)

That leaves music teachers (like me) who are looking for stuff (preferably free) to make their lives easier and their teaching better. Again, use the explainers and all of the other stuff you can download gratis from this site to help you to do the things you do. If it helps you to spend less time on lesson preparation so that you can devote more of your life to filling forms in for those wonderful administrators who run our schools and colleges then its mission accomplished

I put the worksheets on this site together in the first instance because I couldn't find them anywhere else.

I do not own or sell knowledge. I try to sell the tools to help teachers to transfer knowledge from their own brains into those of their students. It is that simple. Music got along just fine before I started messing with it and it will get along just fine when I stop. I do not "own" knowledge of music theory. What I do own though is the rights to a bunch of worksheets that I originally started to put together to make my own teaching life easier. I was tired of photocopying things from books and nailing a scheme of work together from a whole load of different sources, the owners of which would prefer to sell me and my students graded books that "drip-feed" stuff like major scales a few at a time as the grades progress. The resources on this site have all students understanding how all major scales (up to 5 sharps and flats) are constructed from the third lesson

"Telephones to Toilet Rolls"

When I realised (during my classroom sessions) thet the materials really worked for me I decided to try to sell other folks in my position the option to use hundreds of worksheets in a logical "common sense" sequence for less than the price of one of the graded books I used to rely on when I started classroom teaching. Its that simple really. I don't like all of the "this product will change your life" malarkey that we see attached to everything from telephones to toilet rolls but after purchase loads of folks are good enough to get in touch and tell me how much easier parts of their life are because they no longer have to scurry around cobbling things together before walking into a classroom pretending that they have it all under control (we've all been there!)

I'm "doing the internet wrong"

I (genuinely!) have customers tell me that the stuff is way too cheap (although they predictably tell me this after they have paid for and downloaded it). I've also had a few wiser (and richer) people than me tell me that I'm "doing the internet wrong" and that stuff like this should be presented as part of a subscription service. That I could make loads more money if I wasn't such a "Digital Hillbilly"

I (briefly) looked into it and it made me nervous. I don't like signing up to stuff and I hate getting "follow up" emails from anybody I might have given money to in the past who now imagines that because of this I'm a good bet to give them some more. I'm not. I'm Mr "unsubscribe from this mailing list" as I dont have enough money for the things I genuinely want without having somebody creeping into my inbox to try to prise cash out of me so they can buy another yacht.

I hate being "cyber-stalked" too!

If you buy my stuff you will get a single follow up email (normally within a few hours) asking if the materials downloaded ok. If you respond to that saying there was a problem then I sort it out and you get a new link. After that you can use the worksheets for the rest of your life and I promise I will never bother you again. There is no club to join and no subscriptions to be paid.

All you need to do is download the (free) handout that you can see below and decide if your life would be easier and your students learning would be better if you had a bunch of worksheets that would build on and reinforce the knowledge that they can get from the sheet

If that seems like a good idea give me $18.00, download the resources and we're done! I promise I will not chase you all over the internet trying to wring some more money out of you


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Music Theory Lesson Plans

The Lesson Plans above are designed to take students from a place where they have no real"joined up" understanding of music theory to a place where they understand basic intervals and how to construct major and minor chords. In addition they will have an understanding of key signatures and harmonic systems.



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Buy your printable music theory worksheets in complete safety via any major credit card (through paypal) or directly through your paypal account if you have one. If you choose to use a credit card, rest assured that we never see your credit card details as paypal do all of that for us.

When Paypal receive your payment you will be immediately invited to click a

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I will check the order and send you the links that will get you to your stuff.
Cheers! Rob!