How to draw key signatures

Down a 4th up a 5th Bundle

I was discussing with a student how to draw Down a 4th and Up a 5th when writing sharp key signatures for the Texas State Theory Test. She looked at me in amazement and said, “Why didn’t you tell me that before?”  Well, I thought I had, but obviously I didn’t do a very good job of it. So I made this worksheet that I plan to use with all my students who reach this level. This is really more of a study guide than a worksheet, but there is a small treble and bass staff where they can do some supervised practice. You can also print out my worksheet Simple Sharps, which offers more help.

I actually made this on the computer years ago, but it was hand made, not on the computer so it didn’t look very polished. I’ve updated it to post here. If you see any mistakes, let me know.

Those of us who have students take standardized theory tests have to teach this at a certain time, which is not always the level of the students’ playing. Sometimes all the knowledge doesn’t click for the student at the same time and they need to be shown and told in several different ways. I hope this will help a little bit.

Hold on if you want a flat key signature study guide. I’m posting it tomorrow.

I’m also working on some step and skip flash cards in the bass clef, which  I’ve never posted before.  And I’m still working on fish flash cards for the fishing game. At the same time, I’m trying to come up with a *game*,  not a worksheet,  to teach key signatures. Suggestions are welcome!  [Edited: The files for sharps and flats are now combined into a 2-page file.]

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