Key Signatures can be a tricky concept to get over to music students but the worksheets available here can help to make it much easier.
It's all very well teaching students that each key signature has a different number of #'s and b's in it and then asking them to recite a list ("one sharp in the key of G , two sharps in the key of D" etc) but in a perfect world knowledge of key signatures would be a symptom of a much broader and deeper level of understanding?
The music teacher's resources package features a series of key signatures worksheets that progress through the keys using both sharp and flat keys as well as material (see the free key signatures worksheet that is available on this page) which asks students to provide key signatures in no particular order.
Used in conjunction with the sheets that feature scales and key signatures combined these worksheets are an ideal way to indroduce students to the concept of key signatures and to reinforce knowledge.
A feature of many graded examination syllabuses is that key signatures are "drip fed" through the grades (for example students may be required to be familiar with key signatures up to two sharps to be awarded a preliminary or an early grades certificate.
This kind of approach to learning can "fragment" what is after all a single subject.
It is surely better for a student to develop a "joined up" knowledge of how scales are constructed rather than to have to remember a list of which notes are in each key?
Students who fully understand a single major scale (in terms of the sequence of intervals that make it up) have very little trouble in transferring that "secure" knowledge into the construction of any Major (or for that matter minor) Scale
To help your students to aquire this "joined up" knowledge base you can download 300 professionally prepared handouts that can be printed over and over again for less than the price of a single textbook!
Key Signatures and key signature worksheets are not the only thing going on here! Have a look around the site and please feel free to download and use in your classroom any of the free resources that you feel may be useful?
Below you can download some other examples of our (more than!) 300 Music Theory Worksheets and Handouts. The resources are designed to instill a "joined up" knowledge of how Music Theory works and can be used (see the free lesson plans for more information) in order to take students from a standing start to a place where they "get" music theory
Below you can see an ifographic which describes how a teacher might use our materials to take students from a point where they have no functional "joined up" understanding of how music theory works to a place where they "Get It!"
There is more to this than our key signatures worksheets though......?
Printable Music Theory Worksheets
In addition to the above materials there are a host of similarly styled resources and worksheets covering minor scales and pentatonic scales (major and minor) as well as a whole load of stuff designed to ingrease student's understanding of blues scales etc?
It is not the intention that every student should complete every worksheet. This material is intended to introduce principles and then test and reinforce understanding of those principles. The music worksheets and handouts provide a simple, flexible and powerful resource to music educators and help with the development of a functionable and workable understanding of the principles of music theory.
The worksheets are not specific to a particular style of music or exam syllabus (as the reality is that Bach used the same twelve notes as Charlie Parker?)
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