Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrock Note Crossword Puzzle

Crossword puzzle using letter in the music alphabet

Shamrock Music Crossword

So a while back, I got the great idea of making a crossword puzzle using words from the music alphabet. After all, I have a full set of music word flash cards and a lot of St. Patrick’s Day illustrations I’ve already made. It would be fun, I thought! So in the time I could have lost 10 pounds in the gym,  I made this.

I showed it to my student. “Mrs. Paradis”, my student kindly said, “I think you’ve done something wrong here.” One of the things with being a nice piano teacher is that the students are usually so kind and helpful. Not only had I spelled a word wrong, but I had the numbers wrong, too. Otherwise, he thought it was fun because he said he like word puzzles.

So I went back to the drawing board thinking how I could spell a three-letter word wrong. But then, spelling is not my best talent.

This is for older students because it has ledger lines. Using notes for words can be a little tricky for little ones. But for those of you who want something a little more challenging for the week of St. Patrick’s Day, you can try this.

Don’t forget you can save ink by putting this in a sheet protector and using an erasable marker. For those of you who download material to you iPad, I think it will work, because the squares for the letters are fairly large. I haven’t had time to try it yet.

Now that I know how to make crosswords, I want to make one for every holiday! I’ll use spell check next time.


Filed under Note Identification, St. Patrick's Day, Worksheets

Shamrock Interval Worksheet

St. Patrick's Day Music Intervals

Shamrock Harmonic Intervals

Not too long ago I asked for suggestions for worksheets for various holidays, and an interval worksheet was suggested. I am posting one today with a St. Patrick’s Day theme which I call Shamrock Intervals. 

You know, as teachers we can never assume our students know anything they haven’t specifically been taught and reinforced. Roman numerals comes to mind, as well as fractions for rhythm. That is something I remind teachers when I give workshops.

I poignantly remember one sweet little student. I was reminding him that the spaces in the treble clef spell FACE. He hung his head in shame and in the most despondent voice said, “I can’t read.” I know I’ve told this story before, but I will probably repeat it, because it made such an impression on me. It changed the way I taught, not only children, but when I give workshops to adults, or even when I help someone at the computer.

You might be wondering what this has to do with intervals! The fact is, teachers have to explain what the word interval means, and we have to say it a lot if we want them to remember it. They will forget!

Also, we can’t assume students know how to write ordinal numbers with suffixes, such as  1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

Students sometimes have no idea that “octave” is often abbreviated by writing “8va,” or 8ve, even if we write that in their assignment book regularly. We have to explain that while 8va means to move up one octave in piano music, it is often abbreviated in theory. It is not an official proclamation from the Kingdom of Music Theory, but that’s just the way it is, at least from my experience.

So on this worksheet, I wrote the intervals both ways and included octaves. I hope your students get something out of it!



Filed under iPad Ideas, St. Patrick's Day, Theory

Some St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Here are some ideas for St. Patrick’s Day that I have posted over the years. There are activities for notes, rhythm, piano keys, composing, and a game that covers intervals, notes, and vocabulary. I hope you find something useful!

St. Patrick’s Day Composing Activity

There are two composition pages, one for pre-reading students (or just very young children) and  a grand staff version.

Shamrock Keyboard Race Game

I’ve found the above game to be the best game to reinforce the names of keys. Plus, I’ve made this game with lots of different graphics so if you want to play it at different times of the year, there are other versions as well.

Pot of Gold Board Game

The link above will take you to the instructions on how to play this versatile game. The game includes cards for intervals, vocabulary, notes, and keyboards. That makes this a general, all-purpose game. If you like all-purpose games like this, check out RoboRama, which is a really fun year-round game, and a little different.

The above rhythm game is the one I’ve remade several years ago to look colorful, but not use too much ink. This game is good for older students. There are cards for 6|8 also!

The above worksheet includes 3 different versions for students to label notes that look that shamrocks. The ones in color work great on an iPad! There is a black and white version, also.

Clover full of notes is one of my old worksheets that I also remade to use less color ink. I should have kept the old one because this is a great worksheet for your iPad. And you don’t have to limit it to St. Patrick’s Day, because clover grows year round, after all! There is also a black and white version.

That about rounds up my St. Patrick’s Day material.  Adding all these links can be confusing for me. If you find any broken links, let me know. I hope you have you have a great week!



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Shamrock Rhythms – a Fast Rhythm Game

Shamrock Rhythms

Shamrock rhythms

This is a remake of a very old game because I wanted to add a page of 6/8 rhythms and also update the art. This is a very fast activity with very simple instructions and good for older students.

There are 3 pages in this PDF. The cards have one beat missing in a measure and students have to identify the missing note.

Have you ever had an adult tell you they took music for years and never learned how to figure out rhythms? This happens not only to students who take performing classes such as band and choir, but also students in private lessons. Many times we think our students can count when actually they are just really good at learning rhythm by ear. This game will identify students who need some extra help.


  • To review 4/4 meter
  • To review 6/8 meter
  • To reinforce counting rhythm


  • Shamrock Rhythms game board, printed on card stock
  • Rhythm cards printed on perforated business card paper or card stock


  • Place the cards upside down near the game board.  The student will draw a card and place it on the note or notes that are missing in the measure.
  • If a quarter note is missing from a measure in 4/4 time, students may put it on either 2 eights or the quarter note.


  • Use your phone clock and time the student.
  • Print more game boards and cards and use at a group lesson.
  • Use as a file folder activity.
  • Hand draw extra cards.


Filed under Games, Intermediate Students, Rhythm, St. Patrick's Day, Texas State Theory Test