I am working on a Halloween song for a beginning student. As soon as it looks presentable I am going to post it. It will be in landscape format and have 8 measures and a pumpkin at the top. Naturally drawing the pumpkin is taking much longer than writing the little ditty, which takes me about 3 minutes. Check back because I hope to have it posted in the next day or so, and you can pass it out next week.

Meanwhile, a lot of teachers have downloaded Simple Sharps, so I thought I would post a picture of one of my students doing this worksheet. I have made many variations of this sheet over the years, and this is one of my best. I tried to make it as easy as possible to learn how to draw key signatures and it seems to work pretty good.

Students have to learn to draw key signatures for the Texas State Theory Test and other similar programs. If you’ve tried to teach this to elementary age children, well, it can be difficult. Texas used to require 4th graders to draw 4 sharp key singnatures and the grading was very precise.  Last year that requirement was dropped for 4th graders. Older grades still have to learn to draw them all, starting with 4 sharps and 4 flats. Here you can see my student trying to master this often difficult skill. I hope he’s thinking *down a 4th, up a 5th!*

Simple Sharps
Simple Sharps
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