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Robot Wars: Notes on the Treble Clef Worksheet

Robot Wars Treble Notes

Droid Wars Treble Notes is the fourth in a series using my droid theme. Today’s post is the partner with the Droid Wars: Bass Clef Notes I posted earlier in the week. This is a new, free worksheet that will help students identify notes quickly. Print one copy and  laminate it or put it in a sheet protector. Use a wet erase marking pen and you will be able to use one page many times and save on printing. Wet erase pens are not too messy if you use a damp paper towel, and they erase much better than dry erase markers. You can also save these to your iPad.

Some of my younger students don’t know what a droid is. Well, in science fiction, it is short for Android, which is a robot. From what I gather, they are not ordinary robots, but a sentient robots like R2D2 in Star Wars. I’m always telling my students not to play like a robot, so Androids are not going to be performing in Carnegie Hall any time soon!

Remember, many of your girl students love Star Wars, so don’t leave them out!  I hope that these fun sheets will appeal to your girl as well as boy students.

I plan to add more to this series, so if you have any ideas, pass them on and I will see what I can do. Chord and inversions have already been suggested, but if you have any other ideas, feel free to leave a comment.

If you are a new follower of  Piano Teaching Resources, here are the links to the bass notes and the key signature worksheets. Our goal is to make lessons more fun so that more students will get the benefits of learning to play piano!


Robot Wars Bass Notes

Droid Key Signatures

Robot Key Signatures






Filed under Theory, Worksheets

Ornament Interval Worksheet


Ornament Intervals 2nd to Octave

Here is the last ornament worksheet I will have time to make this year. Thanks very much to Peggy for proofing it for me!

FYI, if you have some students who are looking for Hanukkah worksheets, I made some a few years ago and you might want to check them out.

Hanukkah Printables

Hanukkah Printables

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Filed under Christmas, Holiday Activities and Worksheets, Texas State Theory Test, Worksheets

Note Matching for iPad or to Print

Note Matching

Note Matching

Not too long ago one of my younger students was watching his older brother do some theory work on the iPad. Like most little brothers, he wanted to try it too, but it was a little too hard for him. I asked if he wanted me to make something just for him, and he was pretty excited about that!

One mistake that teachers often make when using an iPad with young children is that the screen is too small for the young hand to navigate. If you use worksheets and apps with your students, they have to be age appropriate. I made this one nice and big and students only need to draw short lines. Because it is so big, you can also use it on your mobile phone with older students.

Sometimes in our rush to use new technology, we forget that children learn better with old-fashioned hands on activities. As a music educator, I’ve always been concerned about child centered teaching. My advice to teachers is to keep that in mind and not over-do worksheets and mobile devices with our elementary piano students. After all, piano lessons are a hands on activity! Moderation in all things is always a good thing to remember.

If using a lot of ink is not a problem for you and you don’t have an iPad or some other tablet, these sheets are high quality PDFs and can be printed.

  • Use the MTNA discount and print them at Office Depot.
  • Check for a color print sale at office stores, drug stores, or big box stores.
  • Place in clear sheet protectors or laminate to use with dry or wet erase markers.
  • Black dry erase markers erase better than the colored ones.

Wet erase markers are a lot easier to use, but if you teach in your living room like I do, that is not an option, unless you cover everything in painter’s drop cloth! 🙂

If you are looking for a good, free app to use, I recommend MetaMoji Note Lite also called Note Anytime Lite. You can find my tutorial here. This app can be used on most mobile devices including iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows, and your mobile phone.  [Disclosure: I am not affiliated with this company. I found this app on my own, and I think it is very teacher friendly.] Email me if you have trouble figuring out how to use it.


Filed under iPad Ideas, Note Identification, Texas State Theory Test, Worksheets

Summer Treats Funsheet for Beginners

Cherry Popsicles Funsheet

Cherry Popsicles Funsheet

Cherry Popsicles Black & White

Does anyone remember a few years back when I posted some music worksheets with a “Summer Treats” theme? Well, I’ve always planned on adding more to that series, so here is a new one.  This is for an average age beginner to learn some of the basics of piano. And I even made a black and white version that students can color.

I plan to add more to the Summer Treat set of worksheets, so check back. I found some in my files that I’ve never shared!

[Ed: Here are some I’ve made since this post.]

Blackberry Sherbet Dotted Quarter Notes

Candy Bar Lines (contains simple 8th notes)

The sheets I posted previously are for students who already know notes and rhythms. If you want to download them, they are found on the Worksheet page. 


Summer Treats Note Story

Orange Popsicles

Frozen Yogurt Rhythms

Snow Cone Signs and Symbols

For my UK friends. I also made some of these worksheets with UK terms and spelling. Here’s the link to my UK page.

UK WorksheetsPP-2


Filed under Music Vocabulary, Note Identification, Rhythm, Worksheets