MUSIC THEORY 101 Work Book

This music theory website is designed with writing exercises to help you to learn all about music.  There are exercises where you have to match music symbols with definitions; exercises where you have to actually draw music symbols; exercises where you place the notes on the staff; exercises where you write in musical expressions such as slurs and ties.

The basic instructions will be listed here on the webpage, but the exercise itself where you actually take a pen or a pencil and fill out the exercise will be in the form of a PDF file.  You simply click onto the PDF file, print up the page, and then complete the "written" exercise.  You might say that this Music Theory course is like a WORK BOOK.  Remember back in elementary school when you had a spelling workbook and you had to match words with definitions, well this course is the exact same thing.  The beauty of this free course is that you can print up  the work sheets as often as you want.

THE MUSIC STAFF:  The musical staff consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces.  Print up this PDF exercise and fill in the lines and assign the correct number to the lines.  Print up this PDF file and write in the correct number for the spaces in-between the lines.

THE TREBLE CLEF:  In this exercise you learn about the treble clef.  Print up the PDF file and color in the five different treble clefs.

THE BASS CLEF: In this exercise you learn about the bass clef.  Print up the PDF file and color in the five different bass clefs.

TRACE OUT THE TREBLE AND BASS CLEF:  In this exercise trace the treble and bass clefs by following the dotted lines.  Then fill in the clefs with the color of your choice.  Print up the PDF file.

THE GRAND STAFF.  Trace over the dotted lines to create a grand staff.  Also, fill in the treble and bass clefs.  Print up PDF work sheet file.

MEASURES:  Divide the staves into 6 measures.  Print up PDF work sheet file.

TIME SIGNATURES:  Read the theory behind time signatures and write in the 4/4 time signature in the indicated staff. Print up PDF work sheet.

NOTE RECOGNITION - TREBLE CLEF:  Write down the letter name of the note in the lower staff.  You can use the upper staff as a reference.  Print up PDF work sheet.

NOTE RECOGNITION #2 - TREBLE CLEF - In this exercise you have to draw in the shape of the note in the lower treble clef staff so that it matches the ntoe in the upper treble clef staff.  Then label each note with its proper letter name.  Print up PDF work sheet.

COLOR IN THE LETTER NAME FOR THE KEYS:  Take a set of crayons or some colored pencils and color in the correct letter name for the white keys on the keyboard graphic.  Print up PDF work sheet.

CONNECT THE NOTES WITH THE KEYS OF THE PIANO:  Take a crayon or a colored pencil and by using the example, connect the notes of the treble clef with the keys on the piano keyboard graphic.  Print up PDF work sheet.

WRITE IN THE LETTER NAME INTO THE HEAD OF EACH NOTE:  Refer to the above exercise for the correct answers to this written assignment.  Print up PDF work sheet.

DRAW THE NOTES ON THE TREBLE STAFF:  Take a pencil and draw in the shape of the notes onto the treble staff.  Print up the PDF work sheet.

NOTE RECOGNITION #3 - TREBLE CLEF - In this exercise the notes are randomly arranged and do not follow a scale.  Write in the letter name of each note in the open space head of the note.  You will need to use the previous exercises to check the accuracy of your work on this exercise.  Print up PDF work sheet.

NOTE RECOGNITION - LEFT HAND BASS CLEF - In this exercise you can study the notes in the left hand bass clef starting with middle C.  Once you study the bass clef notes, then write the letter name of each note in the head of the note that is below the example bass clef staff.  Print up PDF work sheet.

NOTE RECOGNITION - LEFT HAND BASS CLEF - RANDOM RECOGNITION:  Study the notes in the upper part of the page.  Then write in the correct letter name in the head of the notes at the bottom of the page.  Print up PDF work sheet.

SHARPS:  When you sharp a note you play the closest key to the right of the note that is sharped.  Or you play a half step higher than the note that is sharped.  Study the sharp symbol:  #.  Notice that all of the notes in the upper staff have a sharp symbol #.  Place a Sharp symbol # before each note on the lower staff.  Print up PDF work sheet.

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT UP THIS CHART OF THE MAJOR AND MINOR CHORDS IN THE ROOT POSITION:  Color in the letters on each chord chart.

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Keep checking back on this page.  I am always adding a new work sheet every few days or so.

 

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