These note reading worksheets are grand staff, treble clef staff, and bass clef staff sheets. NOW with LEDGER LINE pages!
This first one is a "cheat sheet"; it gives it all away! Actually, this is perfect for a guide to return to again and again.
Recognizing the placement of the notes on the staff is more than just filling in the blanks on a worksheet.
Your students need practice drawing and naming lines and spaces, whether for reading piano notes on the grand staff, or just using the treble clef for violin note reading and guitar note reading.
One or more of the lettered-notes guides will be a handy resource for the FRONT of their music binder, while the un-named notes in other sheets will prove useful at lessons! Consider having them at the ready beside the piano.
The link for the big grand staff:
The grand staffs below are missing the treble and bass clef symbols. Solution?
Your student can point with a pencil to the "G clef" line (that is; the treble clef, second line from the bottom) and the "F clef" line (bass clef, second line from the top). Then, draw a clef symbol, or just write "G" and "F" beside the lines.
More fun than that would be to laminate the sheet and have them practice drawing those clef symbols with a soft-tipped felt pen.
The link to the grand staff with no clef symbols:
And here is the grand staff with NO NAMES in the notes!
The dashed line connecting the two Middle Cs will help students understand that despite the apparent great chasm between the two staffs, the C notes are one and the same.
How obvious that seems, later on; but it is a fact that many students will want to drop their left hand down an octave when they encounter LEFT HAND Middle C!
The link to the grand staff with notes only:
Here are some handy sheets to help with those ledger line notes!
And the bass clef too:
The links for the ledger line notes:
Below are two sheets of just line notes. The first sheet has clef signs, the second does not.
Does "Every Good Boy Does Fine (on the lines)" work for you? It only KIND OF works for me, at my studio. Piano students have too many lines and spaces to get mixed up in.
The links to the line notes only, on the grand staff:
And what about "All Cows Eat Grass"? It is likewise a slippery concept; "Remind me now, WHICH staff has the cow? Top hand? Bottom hand? And is that lines or spaces?
Most of these sheets do not have the clef symbols on them; when music students learn HOW to draw the clef signs and WHERE to place them on the staffs, they have the "Rosetta Stone" of notereading in their grasp!
I will repeat that: WHEN MUSIC STUDENTS LEARN HOW to draw the clef signs and WHERE TO PLACE THEM, they have found the "Rosetta Stone" of note-reading!
For this reason, I frequently call the treble clef the "G CLEF", and the bass clef the "F CLEF."
Try drawing your clef symbols as alphabet letter shapes first; I tell my students that the clef symbols originated as old-fashioned Spencerian-style alphabet letters... and I will draw a line of capitol letters from A to G, fancy cursive style, and ask them, "Which letter looks most like the treble clef?"
If they have trouble guessing, then I will give the capitol G an extra "swirl", and the treble clef as well! That always helps, and for a long time, they may put an extra swirl or two in their treble clefs.
As for the "F clef," it really doesn't look much like a modern letter F, so we have to use our imagination.
On my staff paper PDFs page are some giant BLANK staffs which are the perfect size for using coins as notes. Ask your students to move their coin along the line and space notes on those sheets.
The links to the space notes pages:
This next staff could be anything! Even viola clef.
This set of notes on the treble clef are minus the clef sign:
And here is a treble-clef-only reference sheet for violin note reading, guitar note reading, or reading piano notes!
If you are trying to encourage your young guitar players to switch from tablature reading to standard notation, please check out my sheets showing the correlation between the two on the page called "Piano Tablature."
Here is a bass notes staff plus notes, without the clef symbol:
And this page has the clef symbol:
Download the single staffs:
And the bass single staffs:
I have been using the master grand clef sheet along with new music "samples" chosen by the students themselves every 3-4 weeks, to write in the names of the notes as a theory exercise.
Their assignment is, 2-3 measures a day, written in with pencil. Very revealing to me!
The music sheets are just page one of a popular song (a free sample from Musicnotes.com), or the first page of one of another piece that may seem challenging to them.
For the little beginners who are past the black keys stage, I've been using Middle C music, especially Halloween songs right now. This is looking like it will be a successful note reading exercise!
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