Note Naming Worksheets
Note Naming Worksheets
Naming notes correctly is the most important basic skill that our students need
The ability to assign names to musical notes correctly and with confidence is the absolute basic skill required in order to develop a "joined up" knowledge of music theory yet it is a stage that can tend to be "glossed over" in the rush to get on to intervals, scales, chords and Keys.
A common music classroom situation...
How many times in any working week do we hear students tell us that a note of C Sharp is actually "D Flat" or when asked to construct (for example) an A Major scale (containing only "natural" and "sharp" notes) proceed to identify the first four notes as being "A, B, D Flat and D"?
Get rid of confusion from the very first music theory lesson
Sometimes learners can become confused by the fact that some pitches seem to have only one name while others can be assigned one of two letter names according to circumstance and our challenge is to give them a sound theoretical base from which to work
If our students do not have a secure and strong grasp of the principles that govern note naming then they will be unable to understand fully the concepts that follow on from being able to identify notes correctly.
If you take a look at the printable note naming worksheets shown above you will notice that some of them (the ones to introduce to students early is a programme of study) do not feature notation. Our students do not (in the early/intermediate stages of learning) need to be familiar with notated music in order to understand music theory. Notated music and music theory are two different things!
"Notation is a wonderful thing but why is it that we try to teach learners something that they do not (yet) understand (Scales Chords and keys) using a language they do not (yet) speak (notated music)?"
The Three "Golden Rules" of Note Naming
Download "Three Golden Rules of Note Naming" Handout
Above you can see a FREE handout that you can distribute to your students and/or stick up on the wall of your music classroom that clearly sets out the basic "rules" that learners need to bear in mind when developing the ability to confidently name notes. It cannot be stressed strongly enough that students should not progress to the next topic (the study of whole and half step intervals)
until they are secure in their ability to name notes with ease
If our students can not name notes correctly then they will struggle with the intervals, scales,chords and keys that come after and their whole understanding of music theory will be flawed
The resources on this site set out to provide a way to get "The Basics" of music theory across to our students as quickly and as simply as possible.
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Note Naming and Beyond
Free Printable Note Naming Worksheet
You can download and print a free note naming worksheet
to help with your music theory teaching by following the link above. Ironically after I've spent the last couple of minutes banging on about how it might not be the best idea to teach music theory to novice students using notation the freebie is one of our (many) worksheets that features a notated element but if you check out the pictures on this page or take a look at the Music Lesson Plans
you will see that we cater for all kinds of "prior learning" here?
Print FREE Note Naming Worksheet
Following on from the note naming worksheets are a whole load of other resources that are designed to be used in sequence to develop a "joined up" knowledge of music theory.
This site has a whole load of worksheets that you can download and use to tailor programmes of study to individual students designed to address their own particular areas of weakness
Below is an infographic which describes how a teacher might use our materials to take students from a point where they have no functional "joined up" understanding of how music theory works to a place where they "Get It!" ("it" being note names, intervals, scales, chords
When they have applied themselves to the material dealt with in the ten steps outlined below then they will be ready to study some of the more "advanced" material (Blues Scales,Blues Scales
and seventh chords
etc) covered by other worksheets in the download
Printable PDF Music Theory Worksheets to download to a memory stick, tablet, or phone
The music theory worksheets have been designed so as to introduce basic principles and then to test and reinforce understanding of those principles. The music worksheets and handouts give classroom music teachers (and even private instrumental teachers) a simple, flexible and powerful resource to assist in the development of a functional understanding of the principles that govern music theory.
The worksheets are not specific to a particular style of music, key stage or exam syllabus. They are concerned with developing a working knowledge of music theory
When downloaded you can print these invaluable music education and revision resources straight from the hard drive of your computer or drop the files onto a memory stick or even download them to your phoneand then take them into your school or college for photocopying etc. Flexible music teaching resources that can adapt the way you want to run your classroom? Any way you choose you can be safe in the knowledge that for the rest of your teaching career you will always have access to first class music theory worksheets.
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