Staff Paper PDFs
Free Music Staff Paper

Staff paper PDFs, free!  I've got all sizes and types here - just have a look and download what you need.

Big staffs, little staffs, all kinds of music staffs!

On this page: small & GIANT-sized staffs -  grand staff, treble clef, bass clef, and viola clef printable staff paper for your music studio or lessons.

Help students understand those lines

Staff paper is a necessity for a music teacher.  Having your music students write their own notes onto music paper is perhaps the BEST way to help them truly understand, "What does the staff mean?"

Let's start with blank staff paper:

Blank staff paper to use with music students

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Single staffs are all you need for most instruments.

Horizontal staffs for beginners

I've finally discovered how to make a HORIZONTAL page with my Finale software, so I am replacing the former single staff page, and adding in a new GRAND STAFF page, also with a horizontal orientation.

Here's the new GIGANTIC horizontal staff, perfect  for the first few music lessons:

Giant horizontal single music staff for beginner students

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Young children need bigger spaces 

Here is another horizontal grand staff. 

There is lots of room to draw the treble and bass clef symbols students are learning, and the "invisible Middle C line" (a dashed line on which we can draw a Middle C note) in-between the two staffs:

Giant grand staff, horizontal - perfect for beginning music students!

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A grand staff with clef symbols

The newest staff will be handy for little piano players to practice their clef drawing:

Grand staff horizontal with clef symbols

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I like using the following paper for identifying "guide notes" (treble G, bass F, and Middle C), and then writing short songs or phrases using just 5 notes.

Blank grand staffs

Blank grand staff, BIG

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Smaller spaces for finer drawing of notes

Again, no bar lines... no clef symbols... my favorite way to draw notes with my piano students:

The grand staff with no bar lines or clef symbols

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Give your students the joy of learning Beethoven's famous Für Elise in an easy-to-read format... every note from the ORIGINAL piece is here  in this beautiful new setting


Here's the same thing but even smaller spacing between the lines, with four grand staffs - enough for a short song!

Piano grand staffs with small staves

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Uniformity makes for easier note reading

Putting bar lines in helps piano students learn to do staff notation in a uniform manner.  

Still, there are no clef symbol markings or piano braces, so this paper can be used for 2 treble instruments in a duet, 2 bass instruments, or any other combination:

Grand staff with no clef symbols, 4 bars a line

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One of the benefits of using staff paper with bar lines is that kids learn they've got to confine their wandering notes inside the measure lines. 

It's cute to watch the size of their notes shrink as they progress from left to right, with a whole lot of squeezing going on as the bar approaches!

Add the brace for piano music

The staff paper PDFs below have clef symbols and a piano brace in each grand music staff:

Grand staff with four measures a line printable staff paper

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Smaller and more refined staff notation can fit the following staff sheet:

Grand staff with five bars a line

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Practice drawing sharps & flats as well as clef symbols

Bass clef free staff paper

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Don't worry - I have the other clefs as well.

These large-staved staff paper pdfs make it easy for young students to practice their staff notation writing, using large note-heads.  Drawing sharps and flats and natural signs are easier, too.

Here are smaller staffs, to which your music students will quickly graduate!

Viola clef free staff paper

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The other staffs are also available in this format for download, below.

And very VERY large staffs to use at lessons

And last, three giant staffs, NOT REALLY FOR WRITING ON, but - MY SUGGESTION - for laminating and using with your new note-readers.  Try moving coins up and down the music staff - they should fit these staff charts very well!

The TREBLE clef:

Use this giant treble clef with new note-readers

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The BASS clef:

Bass clef music staff, GIANT!

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And the beautiful and mysterious (to most musicians) viola clef, which shows where Middle C is!  

This is a clef symbol that can be moved up or down the staff, depending on the range of the music.  Go get a blank staff, if you need that clef in a different spot!

The VIOLA clef:

Viola clef music staff, BIG!

My favorite way to use staff paper

Lately, every lesson, all of my students spend about 3 minutes with one of these staffs.  Yes, every lesson, and every student.  Even the littlest guys.  They all LOVE to practice drawing notes and musical symbols!

I start with drawing the treble clef

This clef sign is so fun... it is a challenge just to make the loops and swirls in the right directions, and then to land them on the target lines takes real attention!

For an all-in-one line, I direct them (as I am also drawing), "Umbrella handle - start at the bottom... up to the top and over a little bit - make a small capital 'D'... now make a big backwards capital 'D', landing on the bottom line... swoop up and over to the middle line, then down and swirl around the second line!"

That second line is "G", of course

I'll draw line note G on the second line and ask them, "What is the note on that line?" and then we go through the musical alphabet, with me drawing a cursive alphabet, if they don't remember what that landmark note is. "A - B - C - D - E - F -G..." 

None of the cursive letters REALLY look like the treble clef, of course; but after a bit of guessing, I'll mention how in the OLDEN DAYS, cursive writing was very fancy, and that treble clef really did look like the letter G.

Draw the notes all around G

This is for the beginners who are having trouble seeing higher and lower notes, line or space notes...  I like to say, "Look at the keys.  What is the note below G, touching G?" (It is F, of course.) Then I say, "So F has to touch the G line.  Where do you think it will be?" and I ask them to draw the F. 

Mostly they will get it, and then we expand outward from there.  Week by week.  We'll keep drawing those treble clefs until they can make them better than me!

What good is this for older players?

Glad you asked.

I like to give them a familiar tune, and make them write out just the first phrase.  There is so much to learn!

We have been writing out "Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are."  No timing - just plain whole notes.  

First we all started with C, C, G, G, A, A, G.  F, F, E, E, D, D, C.

That's it.  Then, the following week, it was D, D, A, A, B, B, A. G, G, F#, F#, E, E, D.

You see my logic... now they have a reason to pay attention to where a sharp actually goes.  The following week, it was the key of E.

Confidence & skill are visibly improving

I see a difference in my students comfort level approaching new piano pieces.  The complexity of the music is not intimidating for them, and it is so easy for me to insert into lessons.  Just 3 minutes!



The links for all the different staff paper pdfs:


Music for Music Teachers has other great free resources for teachers!  Take a look:

12 Major Scales and Chords for Piano 


12 Minor Scales and Chords for Piano


Basic Piano Chords & Scales - with lettered notes for beginners


Best Piano Books!  In my opinion & experience


Flashcards for Piano


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Note-Naming Worksheets - music with note names to help


Note-Reading Worksheets - charts with the notes placed on single staffs & the grand staff, with & without letters in the notes!


Piano Chord Chart for Major and Minor Chords 


Piano Keyboard Diagrams - pdfs to print out


Piano Scales for New Beginners, with letters in the notes


Staff Paper pdfs - many kinds & clefs








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