Improving note reading through writing: Group One
I have plenty of flashcards and worksheets that help students learn to read the notes on the staff by reading the words being spelled, but I found that I didn’t have any worksheets that strengthened note recognition by having students write the words themselves. So I created these. This is set one — four pages, sixteen three-letter words, alternating treble and bass clef. Set two to follow soon. Scroll down for suggestions on how to use these worksheets. Oh — and if you’d like me to email you directly when I’ve posted new worksheets, just leave a comment with your first name and a note such as “please add my name” or “email list” with your valid email address. (I won’t publish the comment, and no, I won’t spam you or suddenly try to sell you something — I’ll just send you a brief notice when there’s something new.)
How To Use These Worksheets
Students are to draw whole notes on the appropriate lines and/or spaces directly above each letter. I change how I use these depending upon the student. For beginning note readers, I might draw an X on one of the landmark lines or spaces, and together we figure out the other notes. For intermediate note readers, I might tell them they must place notes both high and low on the staff, and they cannot use the same line or space twice in one word. And for advanced note readers, they must use only ledger lines. There are four worksheet pages total. We do one sheet a week (or less for the little ones!) over the course of a few weeks.
Beginning Note Readers – Example
Do this worksheet with the student to teach him or her how to find notes on the staff, or have the student complete this worksheet independently. I use Landmarks to teach reading because my experience has been that although students remember the mnemonic sayings, they often forget how exactly to use them!
Intermediate Note Readers – Example
Instruct the student to try to find the largest interval possible between one note and the next. Depending upon their level of reading, they may or may not know and answer using ledger lines. Use your judgment in “correcting” their worksheet — some students will know more possible answers for each letter.
Advanced Note Readers – Example
To get the most mileage out of these worksheets, use them with students who are very good at reading notes on the staff: all answers must be ledger-line notes!
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