Flashcards with guidelines, to make cutting easier and faster.
Scroll down the page to download the free printable PDFs.
These are the same flashcards I've had for years, but I finally got exasperated enough to put grid lines on the pages for scissors!
These flashcards are a nice size for little hands. I used to send them over to the printer via email, but my printer seems to handle the cardstock just fine.
The new lines help horizontally, as you can see; for the vertical cuts, treat each measure as a separate card.
When I give these music note drawings to students, I may have THEM write the letter name of the note on the back in pencil, and put "R" or "L" to indicate right or left hand.
We start with just a few cards -- maybe two or three! -- and add more cards week by week as the student becomes familiar with them.
More recently, though, I've just been spreading them on the floor and not bothering with the names on the back, unless they will take the cards home.
Here is what page 2 USED to look like... now it, and page 3, also have the guidelines printed on them:
Some simple ways to use them that don't take too much time from playing music:
Set a pile on the floor of MULTIPLE SETS of cards. Then say, " Put all the treble/top hand cards in one pile, and the bass/bottom hand cards in a different pile!" That may be hard enough.
"Separate out all the treble clef cards... we will line them up in order from lowest to highest. If there is more than one of a kind (there will be!) then just pile it on top of the one before."
They'll surely recognize Middle C, and be momentarily stumped when they come across a treble Middle C and compare it to bass Middle C; they are almost identical.
When they have all the cards of the chosen staff (I only do one clef at a time - it takes too much time from a lesson otherwise), then I ask them to spell simple words, taking the appropriate cards off each little stack. I have found over 30 English words (& a few names) that the musical alphabet can spell:
DEAF DEAD DEED FEED BEEF FED FAD
BAD CAD ADD EGAD AGE CAGE BED
GAB GABE BABE BAG DAB DAD FAD
CAB BADE BEAD ABE ACE DEB BAD
FADE FACE BEE BE FEE GAFFE
Other ways to approach flashcards during lesson time:
Start with 2 - 4 cards, such as bass B and Middle C, and treble MC and D. Mix them up, then ask your student, "Top or bottom? TREBLE or BASS?" (High or low...left or right...)
Scramble them again, and tell the student to arrange them from left to right, or lowest to highest, or bottom to top.
Pick well-known music notes flash cards, have the student scramble them and lay them out in any kind of order, and play the resulting "tune". You may want a double set of cards for that.
There are many games you can play with these cards, especially with more than one student, where competition raises the FUN level!
But music notes flash cards are not the answer to all your students' note-reading difficulties. They are only one more tool.
I suggest making them a tiny part of their weekly assignment lesson after lesson until the notes become very familiar.
Choose bright, bold, and pretty colors for the cards, not just white.
Try using different colors for treble and bass, or ledger line notes.
Ask the kids to pick their own colors! It helps them "own"the flashcards.
Expect that most parents will be too busy to help with the cards at home...sad but true. Don't be too hard on them -- many of us teachers are parents too!
Here is the PDF link for the flashcards:
Thank you Dana. We are using these songs for our piano recital!!!! They are darling!
Joy: I bought your Halloween Songs, wrote teacher accompaniment for some, and performed with 17 of my students in costume at an assisted living facility. It was a "win-win" situation.
The kids and residents loved it and the parents were very pleased with the service aspect of their children's performance as well.
Thank you for sharing these lovely pieces that introduce the minor key in a very simple and interesting way to early elementary students.