If our students cannot assign the right name to a note then they will struggle with every aspect of music theory. If they are not taught to understand that the white notes on a piano can only have one name while the black notes can be given one of two names then they will struggle with every other aspect of music theory regardless of which instrument they actually play or what style of music they are drawn towards
We have the resources to allow you to present them with a structured programme that will take them from a position where they have no functional understanding of music theory to a place where they "get" note names, intervals,scales, chords and keys. All of the "nuts and bolts" in a single "one click" download
Its not just about the resources. Music Theory Teachers need a plan in order to get the most out of any handouts and worksheets that they use. Follow the links below to see how to use the materials in sequence to ensure great results
The handout shown above 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 explainers can be combined with a series of Note Naming worksheets to ensure that a learners ability to assign the "correct" name to any given note is secure before going on to the next topic where this ability is required before they engage in a study of whole-step and half-step intervals
When music students are able to confidently assign the correct name (or choice of potential names) to any given note then they are ready to move towards how intervals of a whole-step and a half-step can be used in order to work towards developing an understanding of the Major and minor scales that make up the fundamental building blocks of musical knowledge
At this stage it is not necessary to study all musical intervals. All that is required is that students become familiar with intervals of a whole-step and a half-step. When they know how the two intervals work they will be ready to combine sequences of the intervals to create scales
Follow the link below to take a more detailed look at a lesson designed to give students a thorough understanding of this very important topic
All Major Scales follow the same sequence of whole-step and half-step intervals. When a student can construct one Major Scale then they can construct all Major Scales
When your students can construct any Major Scale they are in a position to construct any Major Chord. To create the chord all they need to do is work out the first five notes of the scale and then select the first (root), third and fifth of the notes to create the desired major (triad) chord
A music theory handout rather than a worksheet themed around the whole and half step intervals that are used in sequence to construct both Major and minor scales
Students should be introduced to this sheet after they have been made familiar with both note naming and the principles underpinning the intervals of a whole and a half step
Click the text above to download a free music theory worksheet which requires students to use whole-step and half-step intervals to construct a Major Scale before selecting the root, third and fifth of that scale in order to create the relevant Major Chords. The worksheet obliges students to think through problems and to solve problems by using familiarity with the logic underpinning music theory.
This printable music theory worksheet requires students to identify, define and notate a range of intervals
The worksheet that you can download and print here uses a variety of intervals and is intended for learners functioning at an intermediate stage with relation to the study of music theory. In the early stages it is a good idea to ensure that students become familiar with intervals of a whole and a half step (the only intervals that they need to understand in order to construct basic major and minor scales and chords) before moving on to worksheets such as this one which cover a wide range of intervals. Our "one click" download features a whole range of worksheets covering these basic intervals
A printable music theory worksheet that involves learners with the construction and recognition of basic triads
One of our twenty "One Page Quick and Dirty Music Theory Mini Exams" designed so as to let you (and your students) identify areas of strength and weakness
There are ten "basic" music theory tests which require students to be familiar with only simple triads as well as Major and Minor Scales and also ten more (such as the one you can download here) which contain more advanced elements such as 7th chords etc and which are aimed at intermediate/advanced students
The materials on this site offer classroom music teachers a structured series of music theory worksheets designed to take learners from a point where they have a very limited or even no "joined up" understanding of how harmony and melody works to a place where they fully understand scales, chords, key signatures and harmonic systems
The material presented below sets out a method designed to help our students to develop a complete understanding of the harmonic and melodic components of music theory
The infographic that you can see beneath this text sets out a clear, simple, step by step process through which a student can be taken from a place where they have no real functional understanding of how music theory can work for them to a situation in which they just seem to "get it"
The idea behind this site is simple. We offer a "one click download" featuring over 300 Printable PDF music theory worksheets and handouts (presented as individual PDF's) dealing with the "nuts and bolts" of music theory that you can print and/or photocopy over and over again?
Some of our materials in more detail...........
Before we start to teach our music theory students about harmony and melody etc it is vital that they first develop an understanding of the "names" assigned to musical notes.
The first printable music theory worksheets that we reccomend that you use are designed to simply make learners familiar with the idea that notes have names?
Below you can see a detail taken from one of our early note naming worksheets (learners write the "correct" name in the circles?) which has been designed to help students to realise that every white note has a single ("natural")name while each black note can be assigned one of two ("accidental") names.
After developing the ability to assign the appropriate name (or names) to a given musical note the objective becomes to enable our students to be able to combine sequences of those notes into major and minor scales.
To do this effectively they need to develop a knowledge of "intervals" (perhaps most effectively explained as being the "gap" between two notes?)
At this stage it is not important that all intrervals are covered in one go. All we need to do in order to have our music students progress to the next stage is to have them become familiar with intervals of a half and a whole step?
There are other worksheets (such as the ones shown below) that can be introduced later in the programme of study which look at intervals and which also require learners to provide written notation for the notes identified but in the early stages of study it is enough to require our students to identify and then name the appropriate pitches?
When learners understand these two intervals it is possible to embark upon the study of scale construction.
In this series of music theory worksheets students are asked to study a series of intervals (there are eight on each sheet) and to identify the notes on the keyboard. Having completed this task they then go on to work out the number of half steps that separate the notes and from there to provide information relating to the name of the interval. The "W's" and "H's" that you can see between the circles in the detail below relate to the sequence of whole and half step intervals to be found in a major scale.
There are also a series of complementary worksheets using the same scales that feature a musical staff with a treble clef so that (more advanced?) students can work with standard notation if desired
Scale construction is perhaps the single most important "building block" when it comes to developing an understanding of music theory?
Our very first set of scale construction music theory worksheets which use only letter names and the relevant #'s and b's are provided with the intention that learners can be introduced to musical notation after they have some experience of constructing scales. The worksheets shown above are designed to be used at the point where musical notation is introduced?
A series of sheets featuring the major scale formula, musical staff and a keyboard diagram so that learners can gain experience in the construction of scales with reference to theoretical and visual aids. The scale formulae is presented above a keyboard diagram to help with the construction of Major scales. If you look closely at the picture above you will see that there are also a set of boxes printed above the staff in which students are required to supply the letter name of the note (along with any relevant #'s or b's) Other music theory worksheets in the download feature cover the same ground but with the "cheats" (keyboard diagrams and scale formulae) omitted so that students are obliged to come to rely on their developing knowledge of music theory rather than become "over reliant" on visual aids. By using a mixture of worksheets (some with keyboard diagrams/scale formulae and some without) it is possible to appropriately challenge students with differing levels of ability/prior knowledge within the same session?
A set of music theory worksheets that look at the subject of identifying individual chords and then combining the triad types (major, minor and diminished) to give all seven chords that can be made up from from a single Major Scale and which can therefore be found within a single key
This Free Printable PDF Music Worksheet requires students to invstigate the combinations of correctly named notes that make up major and minor chords. Following on from this they are challenged to define the chords in question. This music theory worksheet (like all of the resources in the download) can be used in the traditional way during classroom sessions and can additionally be compiled with more music worksheets to make up "revision booklets" etc. You can also use these hadouts and worksheets in order to "stretch and challenge" more advanced learners while you spend some time working with less able members of the student group in order to help them to grasp concepts that they find challenging
Alongside the music worksheets there are Twenty music theory "Mini Exams" with ten questions/puzzles on each sheet. The first ten in the series look at Major Scales, Minor scales and basic chords whlst the other more advanced test papers introduce more advanced concepts such as 7th chords and (major and minor) pentatonic scales.
These "Mini Exams" papers can be used for homework or in classroom sessions. They are also great for diagnostic or assessment purposes and can be used to determine the relative theoretical strengths and weaknesses of individual learners.
They also provide an excellent music theory resource for use with substitute teachers for those occasions when you can't be in the classroom?
A set of music worksheets designed to help your students to understand , work out, and identify key signatures.
Moving on from basic (three note) triads to (four note) 7th chords with an extensive set of worksheets designed to encourage understanding of the construction of each of the four main types of 7th chord (maj7, m7, m7(b5) and dominant7).
Following on from this the resources go on to look at the the (diatonic) 7th chords found within particular keys. This material provides the base from which music students can develop an understanding of jazz forms and provides an ideal springboard into the exploration of improvisation
Alongside the printable music theory worksheets you also get to download Thirteen letter sized music education handouts explaining the construction of major, minor, pentatonic and blues scales as well triads and 7th chords etc
These music theory resources can be distributed to students and/or printed and displayed as a source of quick reference for your students on your music classroom wall?
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The material on this site is designed to help you to get students from a point where they have little or no understanding of "how music theory works" to a position where they are able to understand the the principles that govern all of the scales, chords and harmonic systems that they are likely to encounter
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