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The following material is an in depth look at the resources. It should be stressed that from here the materials are divided into topic areas (scales, chords, theory etc) and the sequence of subject areas on this part of the page are not the order in which the worksheets and handouts should be presented to students

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Music Theory Handouts: 13 Sheets

Thirteen handouts (as opposed to worksheets) covering some key concepts of music theory. Areas covered include Major Scales, Minor Scales, Blues Scales, Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales and the four main types of triad (Major Minor Augmented and Diminished) as well as the four diatonic 7th chords (maj7, m7, 7 and m7(b5) chords

The handouts seve equally well as wall charts covering key concepts and topics for your music classroom wall

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Music Theory Explained: 7 Sheets

Designed to complement the 13 music theory handouts shown above the "one click download" also contains a range of more detailed music theory "explainers" which are effective for both classroom use and as part of distance learning or online learning packs that can be used as circumstances dictate

Use in the classroom or for distance learning/revision

Some of the explainers (such as the one to the left of the graphic above) can currently be dowloaded free from this site while the two to the right of the image looking at topics such as the diatonic system or pentatonic scales feature as part of the paid for download

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Music Theory Tests: 20 Sheets

Ten basic one sheet theory tests and ten more advanced ones. Each test comes in two versions One version uses notated forms and the other requires that students enter only the letter name in order to answer each question. This allows an educator to work using the same material with a group of students with differing entry behaviours and prior experience before embarking on a course of study.

A typical classroom music group is made up of students who have prior experience of notated forms (those who have a background in "formal" music education) working alongside students who arrived there with a background in popular music (Rock, R'n'B, Jazz, Country etc) where the emphasis on musical notation is greatly reduced (if it exists at all)

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Music Theory Tests:Answer sheets

The twenty theory tests also come complete with (letter name only) answer sheets so that students can mark their own work or find out where they went wrong on any given test

The tests can be used as a diagnostic tool (to find out accurately student's level of understanding with relation to notes, scales, chords and keys) as well as a reliable way to track progress throughout a term or semester

Scales and Intervals

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Whole and Half Step Intervals: 5 Sheets

In order to construct Major and minor scales our students only need to initially develop an understanding of whole-step and half-step intervals. There are five sheets designed to introduce the concept of these intervals and then to reinforce understanding of those concepts

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Whole and Half-Step Intervals Answer Sheets

Answer sheets for the above early stages worksheets (where students are required to provide the letter names of notes a whole-step or a half step from specified starting notes) are included in the download. They can be uploaded to smartboards etc for classroom sessions or used for self-study They can also be used as part of distance learning packs to be uploaded to school technology systems etc

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Note Naming and Scale Spelling: 36 Sheets

There are a whole range of sheets here that look at the principles which underpin the correct naming of notes here that do not rely upon notation. This material also includes worksheets with varying levels of graphic support (keyboard diagrams and scale formulae etc). When students understand the principles involved then worksheets designed to be used later in a programme of study featuring notation and a musical staff may be introduced

The 36 sheets that make up this part of the download are designed to allow a teacher to cover the same ground with a group of students who have differing levels of prior knowledge, attainment and capability. Some sheets have no need of notation and feature a whole load of "prompts" (in the form of keyboard diagrams, scale formulae etc) whereas others require students to use their own learning to this point and go straight to using notated music.

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Note Naming "Letter Name Only" Answer Sheets

Again answer sheets are included in the download for the worksheets where students are required to supply the letter names specified on the worksheets

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Major Scale Note Naming Only: 4 Sheets

How to correctly identify the names of the notes in any Major Key using the "correct" starting note and sequence of whole-step and half-step intervals. These resources are among the most well used and valued materials in the download. If you enlarge the graphic above you will see the small circle (between each of the large circles) contains a "W" (for a whole-step) or an "H" (indicating a half-step interval). Used alongside the keyboard graphic at the top of each sheet these resources are a great way to help ensure that ALL of your students understand the Major Scale

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Major Scale Construction: Letter Name Only Answer Sheets

The four Major Scale Worksheets that require students to supply the correct letter name for each degree of the scale are also accompanied by answer sheets that you can choose to use (or not?) in the delivery of your music theory teaching

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Mixed Scale Spelling Worksheets: 4 Sheets

When students are secure with the way that Major Scales are constructed from pre determined sequence of whole and half-step intervals then it is time to bring the same principles to bear with a look at the sequences of intervals that make up other common scale types. A great way to keep more theoretically advanced students gainfully occupied while you spend time explaining first principles to the relative novices in your class group

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Major Scales with Key Signatures: 8 Sheets

Materials designed to help class members to fully understand how keys work and that all keys essentially follow the same "rules" rather than just to be able to recite the number of sharps or flats in each key

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Key Signature Worksheets: 4 Sheets

This material provides an opportunity to develop and reinforce a familiarity with keys and key signatures. If you look at the worksheets above you will see that two of them have a visual "prompt" in the form of a keyboard graphic while the remaining pair oblige a student to complete the worksheets using only the theories and concepts that they have internalised

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Mixed Scale Worksheets Musical Staff Only: 5 Sheets

Material for more advanced students who are already (or who have become as a result of your wonderful teaching!) familiar with musical notation or who are ready to start working with it. There are no graphic "prompts" (keyboard diagrams, scale formulae etc) on these worksheets and there are a whole range of scales (Major pentatonic, minor pentatonic and Blues Scales) featured among the standard Major and minor forms

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Major Scales with Formulae and Keyboard Graphic: 4 Sheets

Unlike the resources immediately above them these worksheets cover the same ground (Major scale construction) but offer your learners visual support in the form of scale formulae and keyboard digrams etc. If you enlarge the image you will see that the small circles that separate the larger ones contain the scale formulae ("W" for whole-step intervals and "H" for half-step ones)

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Major Scales: 4 Sheets

The Major scale is so important to music theory because all other scales are understood with reference to how it is constructed. These sheets are intended to help our students to develop a "joined up" knowledge of how music theory works. It is important to remember that all students will not be required to complete all worksheets. The sheets presented (out of sequence remember?) on this page will be used until a learner has a solid understanding of the subject matter under study before moving on to the next topic (see the free lesson plans for more information with relation to the order in which an educator should present these materials)

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Minor Scales with Keyboard Graphic: 7 Sheets

Minor scales with graphic assistance in the form of a piano keyboard and a scale formulae gives the opportunity for learners to expand their knowledge by the application of principles and techniques learned when using similar materials presented earlier in the programme

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Harmonic Minor Scale Spellings: 2 Sheets

No explanation needed here? The title says it all

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Minor Scales with Key Signatures: 4 Sheets

Again no real need for me to bang on about minor keys?

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Major Scales to Blues Scales: 10 Sheets

I mentioned earlier in this page about how important it was that a student fully understands how Major Scales are constructed before they can hope to develop a secure knowledge of how other scales (in this case The Blues Scale) work. The worksheets here (presented with varying levels of graphic and notational support) require a student to identify the notes of a Major Scale before examining what needs to change before a Blues Scale based on the same root note can be constructed. These worksheets offer a great way to ensure that students get "under the hood" with relation to developing an understanding of music theory

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Major, Minor and Blues Scales: 6 Sheets

Similar in principle to the worksheets above but with the introduction of minor scales. Some of the "nitty gritty" of understanding how music works with some of the materials specifically designed with guitar playing students in mind

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Scales Within Scales 7 Sheets

Helping our students to understand "relative minors" and how Major and (natural) minor scales contain the same notes but with a different starting point

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Pentatonic Major and Minor Scales: 16 Sheets

Developing a students knowledge of the scales that can be constructed by selecting (some of the) notes of Major and minor scales

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Intervals: 6 Sheets

A set of worksheets that looks at all intervals (not just the whole and half step ones covered earlier)


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Major and Minor Chord Construction: 6 Sheets

Materials covering Major and minor triads

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Scales Keys and Chords (triads): 10 Sheets

Worksheets requiring students to identify the letter names of the notes of a specified Major Scale. They are then tasked with writing out the scale on a staff (using accidentals). From there they go on to use the accidentals to determine the key signature. Finally they have the opportunity to notate the seven diatonic triads that can be formed from the notes of the scale. This series of worksheets can also be used with 7th chords

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More Triad Worksheets: 14 Sheets

Students are required to notate specified Major Scales before taking the root, third and fifth notes of the scale to notate the major chord that is based on the first (root) note of it

The Diatonic Chord System: 10 Sheets

Learners are invited to notate a given Major Scale and then to notate and name the chords that can be constructed from it

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Triads and Diatonic Puzzles: 13 Sheets

7 Piano keyboard chord diagrams. Students are required to identify the chords and then to specify the key to which all of them belong. These worksheets are a great way to make students familiar with (as opposed to merely "aware of") the diatonic system

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Answer Sheets for Triads and Diatonic Puzzles

Each of the "letter name only" triad worksheets and diatonic puzzles has an answer sheet designed to help you make your teaching more flexible. They can be emailed to individual students or incorporated into distance learning packs or uploaded onto school/college portals for home study

Diatonic Notation Worksheets: 11 Sheets

More worksheets designed to help students familiarise themselves with the chords to be found in particular keys

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Chord Inversions and Triads: 6 Sheets

Students are presented with a series of keyboard diagrams featuring chords in root position, first inversion or second inversion. they are asked to identify the chord and any inversion that applies to it. This material can be very useful for students who may not be keyboards players but who create music on Digital Audio Workstations

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Scales Keys and 7th Chords: 10 Sheets

Diatonic 7th chord worksheets giving learners the opportunity to notate chords in a range of keys

Diatonic 7th Chords Worksheets: 10 Sheets

7th chord worksheets that feature a keyboard graphic but which do not require the student to notate music. They are asked to identify the letter names of a range of 7th chords

A range of 7th chord PDF worksheets to download and print

7th Chord Worksheets: 30 Sheets

A whole range of worksheets (some requiring students to notate and some not)themed around developing and reinforcing a sound knowledge of more "complicated" chords

A range of guitar music theory PDF worksheets to download and print

Guitar Materials

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Early Stages Big Guitar Grids: 22 Sheets

The download features 22 giant (letter sized) guitar chord diagrams that can be use during guitar lessons or which can be (laminated?) and put up on the wall of your music classroom. The giant diagrams feature the most useful (and easy to play) chord shapes that any beginner should learn first

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More Guitar Stuff

Follow the link below to look at our recently updated materials designed to help you to get those often "difficult to reach" guitar playing students onside with music theory

There is a whole load of useful material here looking at how chord progressions are constructed and understood from a theoretical point of view. Material such as this is a great way to get (sometimes difficult to reach) guitar players to develop an interest in music theory

A range of song form PDF worksheets to download and print

Popular Song Form

A look at our materials (and a whole load of youtube videos you can use as examples) themed around the three main popular music song forms (AAA AABA and AB)

The First 12 Music Theory Lessons With Worksheets and Answer Sheets Presented In Sequence

Further down the page you will be able to see EVERYTHING in the download but first a look at the 12 "Ready-Made" Distance Learning Packs (the answer sheets are in the download too) that have been put together in order to help make our teaching flexible and responsive in today's ever-changing world

The materials basically "mirror" a series of 12 music theory lessons designed to take a student from a situation in which they have no functional understanding of music theory at all to place where they "get" Note names, intervals, scales, chords and keys.....

.... with no knowledge of notation required!

There are 12 learning packs with PDF "explainers" and a set of (separate) answer sheets to accompany the worksheets

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Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Materials

Online and Distance Learning Packs (with answer sheets)

(The packs use letter names only No knowledge of notation is required from students and answer sheets for all worksheets are included in the download

Partially in response to the changing ways in which many of us have been forced to teach in recent times some, but not all of the resources have been compiled into a series of distance or online learning packs that will take students from a "standing start" to a place where they fully understand note names, intervals, scales, chords and keys

For convenience they have been compiled into twelve individual multi page PDF documents but the reality is that this is the material for 12 first classroom topics designed to help to get ALL students understanding the basic melodic and harmonic elements of music theory

Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack 1

Music Theory Pack 1: Note Names 1

An "Explainer" and three worksheets to get your students naming notes correctly. When they can provide the correct letter names (or choice of letter names) for each note then they are ready to progress to the study of whole-step and half-step intervals

Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack 2

Pack 2: Note Names 2

The journey from "aware of" to "familiar with"

Another copy of the relevant "explainer" and two further note naming worksheets to reinforce learning before moving on to a study of whole and half-step intervals that is vital to their ability to understand how scales are constructed.

When engaged in the study of anything (not just music theory) it is important that students are not constantly bombarded with brand new information. They need time and experiences which allow them to become "familiar with" concepts that they have recently been made "aware of"

Music Theory Intervals Online and Distance Learning Pack 3

Pack 3: Whole and Half-Step Intervals 1

An "explainer" and two worksheets looking at whole-step and half step intervals that students will need to understand before they can reliably construct scales

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Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack 4 musical intervals

Pack 4: Whole and Half-Step Intervals 2

Another copy of the music theory explainer and two more worksheets to support knowledge of these important intervals

Music Theory Intervals Online and Distance Learning Pack 5

Pack 5: Major Scale construction 1

A Major Scale "Explainer" accompanied by two worksheets requiring students to correctly identify the names of the notes in a selection of Major Scales

Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack on scale construction

Pack 6: Major Scale Construction 2

The explainer and two supplementary worksheets designed to ensure that learners can construct any Major Scale

Music Theory Minor Scales Online and Distance Learning Pack 7

Pack 7: Minor Scale Construction

The minor scales "Explainer" and a pair of worksheets concerning the (different) sequence of whole-step and half-step intervals that will allow our learners to identify the notes in a range of given minor scales

Music Theory Major and minor triads Online and Distance Learning Pack 8

Pack 8: Major and Minor Chords 1

Two Music Theory "Explainers" (one for Major and one for minor chord construction) and plus worksheet concerned with the difference between Major and minor chords

Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack 9 dealing with chords

Pack 9: Major and Minor Chords 2

The Explainers again and two further worksheets designed to entrench knowledge of Major and minor triads

Music Theory Major and Minor Triads Online and Distance Learning Pack 10

Pack 10: Chords and Keys (Diatonic harmony) 1

An "Explainer" and two worksheets related to it that look at all of the chords (built from the same Major Scale) that can be found in a particular key

Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack 11 looking at chords and keys

Pack 11: Chords and Keys 2

The explainer again and three more worksheets looking at how the chords within a key work

Music Theory Online and Distance Learning Pack looking at diatonic syatems

Pack 12: Chords and Keys 3

The final pack featuring four more worksheets looking at the diatonic system

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