Key Signature Cards

Key Signature Flash Cards

Today I am posting some handy key signature cards that can be used both as flash cards and playing card games. You can even print them both ways!

Above you can see I made backs for the cards. There are two versions. One has the names of the keys printed so the cards can be used as flash cards at home or in the lesson.  I also wanted a reverse side that I could use for a rummy type card game. Obviously, the answers could not be on the back of the cards, so I drew a colorful piano graphic. For card games, you will need to print out several sets of cards.  I wanted a design that would appeal to older students and also be appropriate for card games.

There are 2 pages of key signatures,  one for flats and one for sharps. I put in two C Major cards because of a Circle of 5ths activity we do.  Feel free to omit the colored backs and use only the key signature cards. If you do,  print only the first two pages, and use a pen and label the backs yourself.

If you print on both sides, I suggest you test out one page first using plain paper and an economy (sometimes called “fast”) setting. I don’t want you to waste your good paper and ink. This was a big project for me, requiring a lot of drawing and placing by hand.  I hope that you will find it helpful.

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7 thoughts to “Key Signature Cards with colorful backs

  • Cindy Straub

    Hi Susan: You have some really great games that inspire both teachers and students. You mentioned a Circle of 5ths game that you play in this post. Could you expand on how you play it? Thanks


  • Diane Lindsay

    A student and I are reviewing key signatures while she heals from a thumb injury. I found the minor key signatures in 15 keys game – do you have any minor flashcards similar to this post? What else do you have to study the minor key signatures? Thanks for all you do!

  • Rosemary

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for posting this key signature game. I have been wanting to do something like this for a long while. How did you get to be such a good mind reader?!

    Thanks again!

  • Anneliese

    Great stuff! I can’t wait to use this with a student! I appreciate your fine work!

    • susanparadis

      These cards are great for working on the state theory test. We are playing 5th on the piano as we place the cards on the music rack. They seem to be just about the right size for that. My older students are using them for the circle of 5ths. The colorful backgrounds make them more fun than plain black and white.
      Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Marci Pittman

    Hi Susan:

    I love these cards and all of your creations! They look so good and make it so easy for those of us who don’t have these graphic computer skills – thanks so much for sharing! Where do you get your spray can of clear acrylic matte coating? I would like to purchase some in my town as this sounds like a great alternative to laminating.

    • susanparadis

      Thanks, Marci! I worked really hard on these, probably more than I needed to!


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