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!

Sheets for piano, guitar, & voice, plus lead sheets for all instruments

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...

Hanon

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 - it can even be an EXCITING BREAK from routine!

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, The Lake Pirates)

Yes, currently!  This changes from time to time... 

Dear me, I must say that at the most recent recital, we had THREE renditions of this piece, all played by boys (and spaced as far apart as I could manage). 

The audience had just about learned the song themselves by the time the recital was over!

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.

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.

Sheet of blank fretboard charts for guitar chords

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 notes compared to piano staff notation

Guitar Tablature / Piano "Tablature" Staff Guide

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 warm-ups that move mostly by small steps.

Gentle for the morning.

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.

Vocal exercises for developing resonance in the beginning singer's voice

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.

A piano book for left hand alone

Left Hand or Right Hand Only - One Hand Alone

Students with one hand may need music written just for them

MusicLink Foundation

Assist needy students through this fund

Reading Piano Music - note reading 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.








Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church?  Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!

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Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site.  Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.

It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!

This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.

And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!"  They will be spending more time at the piano.

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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.

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.