Labels for 5-finger scales

Treble and Bass Staff Labels to write notes on the staff

Five Finger Keyboard Labels

Octave Keyboard Labels

The other day I was drawing a tiny keyboard on my younger student’s assignment book and I had her draw  dots on the correct keys. As we worked together looking for whole and half steps,  I casually said that my drawing was kind of sloppy, and it would be a lot easier to read and more fun if I had some keyboard stickers. So I sat down at my computer and designed some!  Actually they were easy to make because I’ve been designing my own labels for years and I drew the keyboard about 10 years ago.  You probably recognize it from my pre-reading solos and my picture scales! However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this, so for your whole and half step pleasure, I’m offering  Keyboard Labels.  Please let me know what you think!

Now all I have to do is peel one off and stick it in my student’s assignment book. This will give students a  handy reference,  plus it will encourage them to look in their assignment book.

I used Avery White Address labels, product number 8160. These are “easy peel” and believe me, it’s worth the little extra you pay to be able to peel them off and reuse on a new assignment page. I printed my labels directly from the PDF I’m posting here and my graphic fit the labels  perfectly, so I hope you have the same luck. In case you can’t find this particular Avery product, the label  size is 1″  x  2  5/8″ and there are 30 labels on each page. Before you print on your label sheet, try printing on a regular sheet of paper and hold it up to light to see if it aligns with your particular labels. Be sure your printer setting is on “actual size” and not “fit” or “scale.”


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16 thoughts to “Keyboard Labels

  • Jill

    I have used SOOOO many of your materials! I love the staff labels! I am using them with an awesome Scale book (Scales boot camp) and draw the key signature on the label and place it on the scale page. This is helping to relate what they are playing as a scale, to songs they are playing in the same key signature. Trying to use every little help to reinforce key signatures!

    • Susan Paradis

      Thanks for the great idea. I have the Scales book camp book, too!

  • Tina

    WOW, what a website you have. What a wealth of information given so generously to others. I so appreciate all of these games and tips. Thanks!!!


  • Ellen

    You have the best ideas! I use a lot of your material and I appreciate you sharing it. I am excited to use these labels! Thanks again!

  • Elizabeth

    LOVE this!!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    And by the way, I read your blog ALL the time and use almost all your stuff in my own music studio. Especially for my group lessons.

    Thank you so much and keep it coming!!!!!

  • Karen Warne




    (As I’ve said many times)

  • Sharon

    Can’t wait to do these!! They look fabulous!!

    Have you thought of doing little “mini” Treble and Bass Staffs?

  • Tammy

    I, too, have drawn keyboards in students’ notebooks for years, anywhere from one octave to two or three octaves, depending the usage. It was in junior high that I was doodling and figured out that these are not difficult to draw (plus they’re fun), but putting them on sticker sheets is a great idea. I’ve never put sticker labels in my printer before, so this is the perfect incentive for me to try something new. Thanks so much!

    Do you make them in just one octave or could you make them also in mini two-octaves, too?

    • susanparadis

      Thanks for you comments. I hope your labels print out as well as mine did!

  • Laura

    These are AWESOME!

  • Mindy

    Is this how you teach pentascales to your students? Do you do the same for 1 octave scales?

    • susanparadis

      Hi Mindy,
      I teach pentascales differently to every student, depending on their age and learning style. But my ideal way is to teach both by ear and by whole and half step patterns.

  • Susan Hong

    Wow !!! These are super. I’ve done something like this on a sticky notepad. I will try this !! Also, since we can do small keyboards… can we do smaller treble clef and bass clef also ??

    • susanparadis

      Thanks! I’m glad you like them.

  • Natalie Wickham

    These are super cool, Susan! I’m excited to give them a try!

    • susanparadis

      Thanks, Natalie! Let me know if they turn out to be something useful.


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