Music Education Tools
Free Printable Sheets

Music education tools such as

  • free printable guitar chord charts, 
  • piano scales, 
  • printable music notes, 
  • piano keyboards, 
  • free guitar tablature and staff paper, 
  • flashcards, 
  • advice, and more!

Along with printable piano music, free vocal music, and free guitar tabs, this site offers scales and other music education resources.

Look for singing warmups (vocalises), and piano and guitar chord theory and technique sheets.

These pages have been student-tested; I use all these pages myself in my teaching.

Piano Teaching Tools

Key of C scales, chords, inversions, & arpeggios

12 Major Scales and Chords for Piano

All the major keys, with one and two-octave scales, arpeggios, chord inversions, & primary chords

12 Minor Scales and Chords for Piano: Natural minor, Harmonic minor, & Melodic minor

These pages are organized just like the major keys, above, but are minor.

Scales, chords, & inversions with lettered notes for beginners

Basic Piano Chords & Scales

Like the regular scales page for the key of C, but with lettered notes for beginners

Best Piano Books!

Not a long list, this page discusses the method books and supplementary music that I keep coming back to, and even rely on

Flashcards for treble and bass clef notes, with dashed lines to facilitate cutting out

Free Printable Flashcards 

With dashed lines to help you cut the cards out; treble and bass clef cards

Giant flashcards for piano

Giant Flashcards

Perfect for game-time for your younger musicians!

You will have to cut each page in half after printing...


A guest post on how best to use Hanon piano exercises, and some cautions to beware of.

I-IV-V chord exercises that sound like rock music

Louie Louie  I, IV, V Chords

Sounding like real music, this chord pattern is FUN and teaches kids the relationships spatially and aurally of "the three main chords".

Note-Naming Worksheets

These pages of actual music with names in the note heads will be very encouraging to your beginning players, and increase their repertoire!

Just space notes on the grand staff - note reading sheets

Note-Reading Worksheets

These pages are large grand staffs and single staffs with note-heads placed on them for reference, or for guessing!

Printable Piano Chord Chart for learning major and minor chords

A page of little circles, white and black, that give a visual representation of how the chords LOOK. 

All white notes?  A "snowman" chord.  Black note in the middle? A "hamburger" chord, with white buns and a burger in the middle.

Then we have Oreo cookies, or ice cream sandwiches...

Piano Keyboard Diagrams

Several different keyboards to print and keep for your brand-new students., and to write all over!

Piano keyboards to print out on paper - 3 different kinds

Beginning scales to shape the hand

Piano Scales Sheet Music for Beginners, with letters

The letters inside the note heads of these scales make understanding so much easier.  These scales help little beginners shape their hands correctly.

Reading Piano Music - Note-reading Difficulties

Ideas for when your students don't seem to understand

The Reluctant Learner and beginning piano lessons

Tips for teaching a challenging child, especially a young one.

Rote Learning for Music Teaching

It's OKAY sometimes to show kids how to play a song bit by bit, without reading a piece of music.

Staff paper PDFs to print

Staff Paper PDFs

Lots of different kinds of staffs for writing on, including some GIANT-SIZED ones for little hands

Studio Favorite (Currently)

Currently!  This changes from time to time...

Super Teacher worksheets - Schmitt exercises

Super Teacher Worksheets

Some of Aloys Schmitt's exercises - see some creative ways to use these finger exercises.  These are great for finger technique and transposing! 

Guitar Teaching Tools

Free printable flashcards for guitar

Free printable flashcards for guitar

These are all in treble clef.

The flashcards go all the way down to open string 6, a ledger line note.

Little chords (3-4 strings only)

Beginner Guitar Chords

Small chords, just 3 or 4 strings.

Perfect for small hands.  

This page may be all the chords you need for several months.

A and Am chords for guitar, shown on fret-boards

Big Guitar Chord Charts

VERY LARGE, just 2 chords shown per page.

These really help beginners grasp fret-boards.

Guitar Chord Charts

Make your own with Excel - tips from an alert reader

Chord families - the chords that always go together.

Guitar Chord Families 

Lots of charts showing the chords that "go together"!

Print out the keys from A  major to G major.

Guitar Chord Charts, Blank 

These are what you need if you want to make custom chords for your students - or maybe test their understanding by having them draw chords in!

Guitar Tablature/ Piano Staff Notation Charts 

These two charts show guitar tablature below the corresponding treble clef staff notes.  One chart is just "white keys"; the other chart shows the sharps & flats as well.

Guitar tablature paper - many sizes!

Guitar Tablature, Blank

Lots of different size tablature papers for your own melodies or exercises. 

You and your students will find some that you can use!

Reluctant Learner

Tips for a challenging child

Singing Warm-Ups & Vocalises (this is a link)

Vocal warm ups that sound like animals

Animal Sounds Vocal Warm-Ups

Using the resonance found in puppy dog whimpers, a cat's meow, a mosquito's whine, and the very different feelings and sounds of a gorilla hoot and a panting dog, these warmups are highly useful for beginning singers.

Vocal Warm-Ups for Morning

Easy warmups that move mostly by small steps

Vocal warm ups to sing through the break

Vocal Warm-Ups for Singing Through the Break

Help your students learn how to pass through the "danger zone" where abrupt sounds disrupt the smoothness of a vocal line.

Vocalises for Beginners Which Encourage Resonance

Get that sound up in "the mask"!

Singing warm up for adjusting to the sound of a new key

Singing Vocal Technique for Finding a New Key/Tonality

Using intervals of thirds and fourths, and harmony, help students memorize the sounds of moving up and down by half steps.

Vocal Teaching Tips

Lesson sheet for possible first singing lesson

How to Teach Voice if You are a Beginning Teacher

Getting started; a lesson sheet to give you ideas if you are new to teaching voice.

Teaching Singing to Elementary Students

A question-and-answer page, with a list of specific techniques

Teaching young singers

Teaching Young Singers Who Can't Yet Read

What do you DO with little ones who want to sing, but can't read notes or even their own language yet?

General Teaching Strategies & Assistance

Beautiful Music

Feed children's longings for Truth & Beauty

Pride and Prejudice movie music

Best Piano Books

In my experience, these books & music sheets reliably pull students along, offering satisfying and even beautiful music.

Left Hand or Right Hand Only

Students with one hand may need music written just for them

MusicLink Foundation

Assist needy students through this fund

Reading Piano Music - Notereading Difficulties

Different ways to approach reading notes, when your students are stuck

Reluctant Learner

Tips for a challenging child

Rote Learning for Music Teaching

It's OKAY sometimes to show kids how to play a song bit by bit, without reading a piece of music.  Help them look for patterns.

Staff paper PDFs for all kinds of needs

Staff Paper PDFs

Many sizes and kinds of staff paper.

Big and little; with clef symbols and without.

Studio Favorite - Currently!

My students' favorite song, this year...

Teaching Singing to Elementary Students

Ideas for getting young singers started

Recent Articles

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The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!

Available at Amazon

A Dozen a Day piano exercises for beginners music book

Thanks, Dana, for your excellent customer service.

Thank you! THANK YOU!!! For keeping the beautiful art of Opera alive! I stumbled upon this site and I'm so happy I did!

Church choir warm-ups music book

Kim in Washington:
My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me! Thanks for writing, Kim!

Bluegrass Complete music book for guitar

I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-)  I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!

Schirmer's Sonatina Album for piano - a wonderful early classical book!

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