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[Ed. I will use this post to list all past and future material with British terminology, as well as the material in the graphic above.]

Sometimes I forget that not every English-speaking person uses the same music vocabulary. Thanks to some help from a British teacher, here are some of my rhythm worksheets that I have re-made using crotchets, minims, quavers, and semibreves.  I also changed measure to bar, staff to stave, and the spelling of yogurt. I hope I haven’t made any mistakes because a lot of this was new to me!

When you open a file, you do not have to print each page. Print only what you need. Check out my FAQ if you do not know how to do this.

UK Rhythm Worksheets is a colorful set of 5 beginning level worksheets.

UK Memory Games  is a set of matching games. There are two games in this file, both for beginners. One features rhythm values and the other has basic vocabulary words. Cut them out and place the cards face down. Students (or student and teacher) take turns turning 2 cards up, trying to find a match. You can read more about how to play these games on my website, such as this page.

UK Rhythm Review is a set of 6 levels of rhythm worksheets. This is a good way to find out how much transfer students know or use as a review.

UK Grand Staves is a set of color and black and white grand staves. Two have the notes written in, and two are blank so students can write in the notes.

UK Rhythm Round About Cards  go with the Rhythm Round About Game. This is a GREAT game to teach rhythm vocabulary. It’s very colorful and uses lots of ink, but beginning students love it.

UK Grand Stave from G to F is a one page worksheet for students to write note names inside the notes.

Write the Grand Stave from G to F

RhythmRoundUpUK is a one page worksheet to review rhythm symbols and vocabulary.

UK Rhythm Round Up

I included the UK in the name of the files so it would help you distinguish which ones are new. I hope all my friends from around the world who use these terms will find these printables useful.

Now I really wish I had a pot of tea and some scones with clotted cream and jam!



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18 thoughts to “Crotchets, Quavers, and Minims…Oh, My! Worksheets With UK Vocabulary

  • Ellen Hawley

    I’m so glad you changed the spelling of yogurt. How could anyone approach the subject without a spare U to drop into the container?

    I’m an American living in Britain, and I do just enough singing that every so often someone or other will tell me , “No, look, that’s a crotchet, not a hemidemisemiquaver.”

    Okay, I exaggerate, but only slightly. After thirteen years in this country, the impulse to giggle hysterically is still stronger than my ability to absorb the information I’m being given.

    • Susan Paradis
  • Stacey

    Hi Susan!

    I am absolutely in love with your resources! You are truly terrific, and your creativity is amazing!

    I come from South Africa, where we also make use of the British note names. This is especially true since most of us teach the Trinity College or Royal Schools exams, which come from Britain. It also makes it slightly easier to explain to a younger child that it is called a minim instead of a half note.

    Thank you so much for all your effort and generosity in sharing your resources with us!

    • Susan Paradis

      Stacey, I will have to add South Africa to my list of UK vocabulary countries! I don’t have many readers from South Africa, so welcome and I hope you find some more things you can use!

  • Amber

    Thank you so much! We use the same vocabulary in Australia as the UK so this is just wonderful.
    Your teaching resources have helped me so much, especially in the early days when I was just start out!

    Greatly appreciated!

  • MaryAnn Morton

    Thanks for all the good ideas. Within my student community I have about 1/3 of my students from India. As a result, all these families already know each other. This spring I am having two different ‘recital potlucks’ at my home. I am keeping all the families from one culture together, and the others together. At each of these ‘home recitals’, each student presents something of music theory they have learned – of course it goes from simple beginner to more advanced. Also, one of my students is playing a song they learned to sing at school music class, so I will be printing the words so all the families can ‘sing along’ as she plays…

  • Kerami Roberts

    Great news, thanks so much for your generous spirit and fab resources. My pupils love them and this saves me from having to ‘doctor’ them as I asked you about in emails a while ago.


    P.S. may I offer you my diabetic alternative of spicy daal, chickpea flour bread and crispy aubergine yummy!

    • Susan Paradis

      I’m glad I finally got around to it! I made a link to British English resources on the Pages tab above. Every time I revise material or make something new with British terminology, I am going to keep adding to the same post. A few minutes ago I added a link to the Rhythm Round About game cards. The cards are old, and I posted them long ago, but I thought it would be a good idea to keep all the crotches and quavers together.
      Your meal sounds healthy. Is aubergine what we call eggplant? If so I would love the recipe!

  • Jenny Ballinger

    Thanks so much, Susan. I also live in Australia. When using worksheets with whole notes etc I always add our Australian words, so now I won’t have to. Yay!!!

  • Kimberley Skaines

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks so much for the UK worksheets. Makes life easier!

    Much appreciated,

  • Ann

    Hi Susan
    We use these names in New Zealand too although I agree with Kath’s comment about American terminology, especially for note values and half-tone, whole tone in scales. My pupils and I really appreciate you sharing your wonderful resources. Sorry we can’t send you the scones with whipped cream and jam but will definitely remember you when we next have them for afternoon tea 🙂

  • Bridie King

    Thanks so much Susan! We are a land of crotchets and quavers in Australia. Your worksheets are always so brilliant. Really appreciate your time and effort in providing these for us!

    • Susan Paradis

      Glad to know it will help my Australian readers!

  • Elana

    Hi Susan, I am a huge fan of what you do!!! I woke to this lovely news. It’s not just the UK population, The AUSSIES use this terminology too!! Now it means I will be able to use many more of your teaching aids in my piano lessons. So, thank you SO much SUSAN!!!!

    • Susan Paradis


      Before I wrote my post, I did a search to find out exactly who uses UK English, as they called it on the web. Would you believe I never found out, other than “Commonwealth countries.” Do you know who else, besides Australia and the UK uses these terms?

      • Shona Pengelly

        Kia Ora from New Zealand!
        We too are crotchet quaver people!
        Ka kite

  • Louise

    Brilliant! I am a big fan of yours Susan and although I also leave in the “American” terminology when we come across it, I still mainly use the British terminology.
    Now all we need are some Bonfire Night games for November!

  • Kath

    Wow! Thanks Susan…that is so helpful!
    I always teach both sets of names so that my pupils are ‘bilingual ‘ !! ( It seems to me the American terminology is far more useful in terms of teaching understanding if concepts!) But it does help for pupils to see resources using their own ‘natural’ tongue that they see more commonly around them at school and at home.

    Much appreciated.


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