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Music note name worksheets.
Princess-Themed Color-by-Note/Rhythm Worksheet Pack
Make learning note names and rhythms fun with this set of six professionally designed princess-themed color-by-note and color-by-rhythm music theory worksheets.
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Alien Cow Snatchers | Beginner Music Worksheet Pack
The fate of the world is in your hands! Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to correctly identify every beginner level musical symbol and term included in this worksheet pack. Cows everywhere need you. Get started today!
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Musical Spelling Bee | Note Name Worksheets
Learn treble and bass clef note names and practice music notation with these free musical spelling bee worksheets. Complete the worksheets by spelling the word below the staff with musical notes (whole notes). Perfect for first year music students!
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Monster Spelling Bee | Treble Clef Note Name/Notation Practice Worksheet
Learn treble clef note names and practice music notation with this monster-themed musical spelling bee worksheet. Complete the worksheet by spelling the word below the staff with musical notes (whole notes). Perfect for first year music students!
Color That Note! Note Name Worksheets
Grab your crayons and color your way to success. Complete this worksheet by first choosing 5 crayons. Color each of the first 5 whole notes with a different color. Then complete this worksheet by naming each note correctly, and by coloring each note the same color as it was colored at the top of the worksheet.
Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/C Position (Free) Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef/C Position (Free) Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/G Position (Free) Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef/G Position (Free) Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef/Middle C Position (Free) Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/C5-G5 (Free) Color That Note! Note Name Worksheet | Viola Clef (Free)
Color-by-Note | Note Name Worksheet Pack
Make learning note names fun with this set of five color-by-note worksheets. Match a note with the correct note name (alphabet letter) and grab the crayons!
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Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Tests
Our Ready, Set, Go! note name speed test is a race-against-the-clock activity worksheet. Challenge students to develop speed and accuracy in their note naming with this free worksheet.
Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/C Position (Free) Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef/C Position (Free) Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/G Position (Free) Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef/G Position (Free) Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/C5-G5 (Free)
I Thought That I Was Crazy | Note Name Worksheets
Here's a chance to read a funny poem and learn your note names at the same time. Some of the words in this poem are spelled out with music notes instead of alphabet letters. Figure out what the note names are and write them in the blanks below the notes to solve the puzzle.
I Thought That I Was Crazy | Treble Clef Note Names (Free) I Thought That I Was Crazy | Bass Clef Note Names (Free) I Thought That I Was Crazy | Viola Clef Note Names (Free)
Let's Crossword Note Name Worksheet
Mix note naming activities up a bit with a free note name crossword puzzle.
Let's Crossword | Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet (Free) Let's Crossword | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet (Free)
CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheets
CodeMaker worksheets challenge kids to turn words into secret code - music notes.
CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef (Free) CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef (Free)
M&M Challenge Note Name Worksheet
Quiz students by placing plain M&M candies on the treble or bass staff lines or spaces. If they correctly identify the notes they win the candy.
M&M Challenge Note Name Worksheet | Treble and Bass Clef (Free)
M&M Challenge Piano Keyboard Key ID Worksheet
Quiz students by placing plain M&M candies on the piano keyboard keys. If they correctly identify the keys they win candy.
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CodeBreaker Note Name Worksheets
CodeBreaker worksheets challenge kids to correctly name each note and then write its alphabet letter name on the blank below. The code is broken when the alphabet letters reveal the secret word.
CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef (Free) CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef (Free) CodeBreaker! Note Name Worksheet | Viola Clef (Free)
Name That Tune Note Name Worksheet
Each puzzle is a phrase from a popular children's song. Begin by writing the correct alphabet letter in the space below the note. Then play the song. If you know what song it is write the name on the line above the staff. This activity is great fun for the music classroom with kids working in pairs (each pair with an Orff xylophone) racing to be the first to complete the worksheet.
Name That Tune! | Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet (Free) Name That Tune! | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet (Free) Name That Tune! | Viola Clef Note Name Worksheet (Free)
Star Force Color-by-Note Note Name Worksheets
Make learning note names fun with these Star Wars-themed color-by-note worksheets. Pick a space to color, match the alphabet letter to a note, and grab the crayons!
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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep | Free Color-by-Note Worksheet
Make learning note names fun with this child's prayer-themed color-by-note worksheet. Pick a space to color, match the alphabet letter to a note, and grab the crayons!
Jazz Cat | Free Color-by-Note Worksheet
Make learning note names fun with this jazz-themed color-by-note worksheet. Pick a space to color, match the alphabet letter to a note, and grab the crayons!
Santa Stringing Lights | Color-by-Note Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet
Make learning note names fun with this Christmas themed color-by-note worksheet. Pick a space to color, match the alphabet letter to a note, and grab the crayons!
Time to Decorate! Reindeer | Color-by-Note Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet
Make learning note names fun with this Christmas themed treble clef color-by-note worksheet. Pick a space to color, match the alphabet letter to a music note, and grab the crayons!
Free Interval Worksheets for Music Teachers and Students
Funny Bonz | Music Theory Worksheets
Learn your musical intervals with "Funny Bonz." Match the interval to the dog bone with the correct answer and record your score.
Funny Bonz - Treble Clef Worksheet (Free) Funny Bonz - Bass Clef Worksheet (Free) Funny Bonz - Viola Clef Worksheet (Free)
Intervals Fiesta - Music Theory Worksheets
Make musical interval drill hot and spicy with our "Intervals Fiesta" Musical Interval Worksheet. Match the intervals to the maracas with the correct answer and record your score.
Intervals Fiesta - Treble Clef Worksheet (Free) Intervals Fiesta - Bass Clef Worksheet (Free) Intervals Fiesta - Viola Clef Worksheet (Free)
Intervals! - Musical Theory Worksheets
Build your interval identification skills with our Intervals! worksheets. These worksheets are most effective if used in sequence, following the introduction of basic symbols (staff, treble clef and bass clef) and note names.
Intervals! | Music Theory Worksheet One (2nds) (Free) Intervals! | Music Theory Worksheet Two (3rds) (Free) Intervals! | Music Theory Worksheet Three (4ths) (Free) Intervals! | Music Theory Worksheet Four (5ths) (Free)
Ready, Set, Go! Intervals (Unison-Octave) | Music Theory Worksheet
Our Ready, Set, Go! interval speed test is a race-against-the-clock activity worksheet. Challenge students to develop speed and accuracy in their interval identification skills with this free worksheet.
Ready, Set, Go! Intervals (Unison-Octave) | Music Theory Worksheet (Free)
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It All Adds Up | Music Rhythm Worksheets
Drill essential rhythmic values and elementary math facts with our musical math fact worksheets.
It All Adds Up! | Music Rhythm Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter) It All Adds Up! | Music Rhythm Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth) It All Adds Up! | Music Rhythm Worksheet Three (Whole/Dotted Half/Half) It All Adds Up! | Music Rhythm Worksheet Four (Dotted Qtr/Quarter/Eighth) It All Adds Up! | Music Rhythm Worksheet Five (Quarter/Eighth/Sixteenth)
This Little Piggy Has Rhythm | Free Rhythm Worksheet
Drill essential rhythms our "This Little Piggy Has Rhythm" rhythm worksheet. Rhythms include the whole note, half note and quarter note.
Rex Rocks Rhythms | Free Basic Rhythms Worksheet
Add basic rhythmic values, match it to the dinosaur egg with the correct number of beats, and record your score.
Stained Glass Nativity | Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
Drill essential rhythms and rests with our color-by-note rhythm worksheets.
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Drill essential rhythms and rests with our color-by-note musical rhythm worksheets.
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Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors | Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
Dynamics worksheets for music classroom and homeschool teachers.
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Make drilling dynamics symbols fun with our color-by-note/color-by-dynamics worksheets.
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Everything Is Ducky | Dynamics Color-by-Note Worksheet
Make learning dynamics symbols fun with this color-by-note worksheet. Pick a space to color, match the dynamics symbol to the correct musical term, and grab the crayons! (Free)
Dynamics for Kids | Video Lesson Study Guide
Get more out of the free sampler MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy music theory lesson, Dynamics for Kids | Online Music Theory Lesson , with this free music lesson study guide. (Free)
Tempo Worksheets for Music Classroom and Homeschool Teachers
Tempo Match | Tempo Terms Assessment Worksheet
Easily assess your elementary music classroom students' understanding of 6 common tempo terms with this animal icon supported worksheet. Tempo terms include Presto, Allegro, Andante, Moderato, Adagio and Largo.
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Here you can find worksheets that talk about music . there are many different aspects to this topic so you will see a lot of variety on the worksheets available in this section. some worksheets talk about musical instruments, musicians, and the music industry while others focus more on lyrics. take a look at some of the 122 worksheets in this section to find one that fits your class. this music worksheet is a very creative way to get your students to practice using the present continuous. due to the fact that the songs are a little older, your students might have to do some research to find the answers or you could use the worksheet as a model for your own that includes more recent titles. there are other worksheets to choose from if your students are working on something else and you are welcome to post your own worksheets too almost everyone enjoys listening to music so whether you decide to use songs in your lesson for a listening activity or introduce vocabulary related to musical instruments, your students will certainly be interested in this topic. listening activities that use songs, while fun, are often very challenging for students because the speed is usually much faster than the one you use when speaking in class. keep this in mind when making your song selections. the type of music you discuss in class will vary depending on your students. in japan, for example, talking about j-pop artists and songs would be perfect for your high school students but not such a good fit for your older adult students. try adding variety to your lessons but talking about music. read more... ...less.
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1. note names.
Help your new beginners master the notes as quickly as possible, and you’ll see that kids learn new pieces easier and with less frustration. This increases their satisfaction with your instruction and boosts their confidence. It’s true that time is a precious commodity during a lesson, but reserving time for note reading is worth every second! Read on for fun free music theory printables and ideas for applied learning activities that teach note identification.
2. Use the printable to play a game . Give your students a copy of the worksheet and a handful of small candies like M&M’s. Call out a note name and ask your students to place a candy over the correct note. At the end of the game, students get to eat all the candies. This game works well both as a group game or in a private lesson.
3. You can also use this printout to give kids extra practice with the stem rules . Hand them the worksheet and ask them to add stems to all the notes. Turn it into a fun manipulative exercise by giving your students yarn or pretzel sticks that they can use to add the stems. I guarantee they’ll have a ball with this easy activity for your hands-on learners.
I designed Bubble Notes with new beginners in mind. When you’re working with students who are just being introduced to the notes on the staff, you’ll want to give them extra note identification practice, but they’ll feel overwhelmed if you hand them a standard note name worksheet . This worksheet only has treble notes middle C through G and the top notes of the bass staff , which are typically the first notes a beginner pianist learns in her method books. This worksheet has a fun them that’s appealing to young kids and they enjoy writing their answers inside the bubbles.
Remember that it is important to give your music students many frequent opportunities to practice note names . Practice note identification at every lesson with new beginners. If you have any students who are far along, but seem to struggle with some notes, I encourage you to pause and make time for reviewing note names. You’ll see dramatic improvement in their abilities and in their attitude towards music lessons. I’ve created quite a few note name activities, and I encourage you to utilize them to help kids master the notes as soon as possible. Their music studies will be much easier as soon as they do!
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- Print Polka Dot Notes and play the fun hands on activity described above that helps kids learn note names.
- Give your young beginners a copy of Bubble Notes. See how many notes they correctly identify and then give them extra practice with problem notes.
2. Music Intervals
I made Music Interval Stars for kids who are just getting introduced to music intervals. Keep in mind that you can start introducing intervals even to very young students. We sometimes think we need to wait, but it’s really not necessary. I’ve seen five year old kids quickly become proficient, and it puts them on a super fast track for reading music.
Here’s how I like to introduce intervals. I first show simple examples–the Music Interval Stars worksheet works great. We learn how to count the lines and spaces to give the interval a name. We’ll practice this for several weeks until I feel like the kids have a sound understanding of how intervals are classified by size. Then we’ll started working on rapid identification by sight (without counting lines and spaces).
Now let me share with you a great interval activity that will help your students with ear training and help them better understand how music works: Print out one of these worksheets and have your student identify all the intervals. Then highlight three or four of them and ask your student to play the notes and describe the sounds . First play the notes melodically and then harmonically. Ask leading questions to help your student get really specific in describing the characteristics of the sound. Does it sound happy or sad? Calm or tense? Do you think these notes could be used to end a song, or does it sound like the notes need resolution?
Here’s one more activity that will help your students really internalize these intervals. Ask your students to go home and compose a short song that contains all of the intervals you highlighted and discussed on the worksheet. Before turning them loose, you might help them analyze which of the intervals could be used for an interesting introduction, and which would give their piece a good conclusion. This simple activity will get you big results, and I encourage you to print out one of the worksheets today and try it with your students. You’ll be impressed by their creations and their retention of the material.
- Print Music Interval Stars for your young students and Music Intervals for kids who are more advanced. Help students identify all the intervals on the page.
- Highlight a few intervals from the worksheet. Play them and discuss the characteristics of the sound. Then invite students to create a song using these intervals.
3. The Circle of Fifths
This particular printable is one of the most popular music theory worksheets on my website . It’s also one of my personal favorites because music students get to practice two important concepts that go hand in hand. To complete the worksheet, students first go around the circle and write the name of each key . Then students can go back through and practice writing the sharps and flats to complete each key signature. You can remind them to pay special attention to the correct placement of the sharps and flats . Give your students a new copy of this worksheet about every other month and before long they’ll be pros at using the circle of fifths and key signatures.
Once completed, either of these printables can be used to play a game called “Dizzy Keynote Frenzy” . Sit near the piano and all you need is the printout, a marker, a die, and a token for each player. Place all tokens on the same wedge and player 1 rolls the die and moves that number of spaces around the circle. The student then has 30 seconds to play the keynote that corresponds to that section of the circle. If she answers correctly, she gets to write her initials in the space. The next player then takes a turn to roll the die. If his token lands on a space that already has initials, he looses that turn. Play continues until every wedge has a set of initials. The player who initialed the most sections of the circle of fifths wins.
I created a couple more variations on these activities so that you can find the one that best fits your goals for teaching your students. There are black and white copies for teachers who have a large class and can’t afford colored printing. There are music worksheets that focus on treble clef key signatures and others that focus on bass clef key signatures so that you can help your students become proficient with both clefs–especially when it comes to writing the sharps and flats on the correct line or space. To see these printables, visit circle of fifths worksheets .
- Review two critical concepts at once with the colored circle of fifths worksheet above. Students get to identify each key and also practice writing sharps and flats to complete a key signature.
- Use the completed worksheet to play the game “Dizzy Keynote Frenzy” (see instructions above).
4. Rhythm Worksheets
Grab the printed worksheet, a basket and three beanbags or small balls. Hand your student the worksheet and ask him to give it his best shot and see if he can get a perfect score. Tell him that if he gets a perfect score, he’ll get to try his hand at scoring points with a real basket.
This music worksheet covers these rhythm topics:
- Writing the counts beneath the notes in a measure
- Adding barlines where needed to give each measure the correct number of beats
If the student misses an answer or two, help him understand how to get the correct answers and then let him have a turn tossing the beanbags or balls into the basket. Your student will have a blast and will probably remember this rhythm lesson years later!
Each cookie displays a time signature that matches one of the example measures. You can have your students draw a line from the cookie to the correct measure, or you can ask them to write in the time signature for each measure. I usually prefer to have them write it in, just because I think it’s good practice for students.
If you have any students who miss several answers, go through the assignment with them and help them write the counts beneath each note or rest . I had one student who kept missing these until I finally discovered wasn’t giving the rests any beats.
Turn this worksheet into a fun manipulative activity by giving your students pull-apart licorice or pretzel sticks. They can use the snacks to add the bar lines. They’ll be extra motivated to do their best if you tell them that they get to eat the snacks after they’ve correctly completed the exercise!
- Grab a basket and a small ball and let kids “give it their best shot” after completing the worksheet.
- Give kids a snack as they work on Missing Bar Lines. Pretzel sticks or licorice can be used for bar lines and your students will love it!
5. Piano Worksheets
Fun Ideas for Active Learning: After completing the worksheet, ask kids to find and play each note on the piano. Or give the child a handful of blue, green, and orange beads and ask him to place a bead on the piano key that matches the highlighted keys on the printable. Have him name the key each time he places a bead.
Fun Ideas for Active Learning: Point to a number on the worksheet and ask your student to play a white key with that finger. Then point to another number and ask the child to play a black key with the correct finger. There are a lot of variations if you ask for right hand or left hand, or if your students know the names of the keys and you call out a finger number and the letter name of a key. For more music theory printables that are specific to the piano, see piano worksheets
- Use Howdy, Partner to drill the names of the piano keys. Practice finding and playing each key on the physical piano after completing the worksheet.
- Reinforce finger numbers with young kids by utilizing the finger numbers printout.
6. Scales and Chords
Scale Detective lets kids imagine that they are detectives searching for the clue to how scales are formed. I love that the worksheet includes a keyboard diagram above the notes of the scale. This diagram is especially helpful for beginners who may not yet be able to quickly identify whole and half steps while viewing music notation. But when you relate those notes to the keyboard, it’s easy as pie to see where the half steps are.
Scales help us understand how one note relates to another within a key, so I encourage you to have your student practice playing scales and know the theory behind how they are formed with half steps and whole steps. Click on the image to the right to print the older student version of the major scales activity.
Chords are also a super easy way to harmonize a melody when kids make up their own songs or want to embellish a simple piece. Teach kids the formula for building chords, and they’ll be able to play any chord they need. The worksheet featured here helps kids master the formula for building major chords. The half step formula is listed at the top of the page and students just color in the keys needed to complete each chord. This is one of my favorite music theory worksheets to use with older beginners. I like to help them learn their chords as quickly as possible so that they can start having fun with piano improv . And the older students really appreciate this–they’re excited to be able to start making their own impressive music after only a few lessons.
- Help students figure out the whole half pattern in major scales with Scale Detective. They’ll better retain the information because they discovered it with their own brainpower.
- Also use these worksheets to teach that each key has a tonal center called a tonic. Students can practice identifying the tonic for each scale on the printout.
7. Drawing Music Symbols
This worksheet will help your students pay attention to the details of the symbols and learn how to draw them correctly. Students first trace and then draw the brace, double bar line, bass clef, and treble clef. I’ve found that student are much more confident when then first get to trace the element. Then when they immediately draw it free hand much more accurately.
But don’t get me wrong! The first time students draw a brace or a clef it will look wacky. But with practice they’ll get better. And as your students begin composing their own songs or writing down a little ditty that they’ve improvised, they’ll be able to do so because you took the time to teach them how to draw these symbols.
The biggest monster for most students, however, is the quarter rest. That little squiggly line can cause a lot of frustration for kids. I like to have my students trace it, and then when they freehand I tell them that it looks kind of like a “Z” with a tail. These instructions seem to help and it’s fun to see kids improve as they continue to practice drawing music symbols.
8. Identifying Half Steps and Whole Steps
You might go one step further and ask your students to play the notes on the keyboard. Kids who are kinesthetic learners will especially benefit from playing and vocalizing the steps they see.
I recommend that you begin with the keyboard worksheet and then introduce this worksheet that has notes on the staff. This worksheet can be used to build a foundation before delving into the identification of music intervals by type.
Help kids complete this worksheet by having them sit at the keyboard and play the notes. With time, students will be able to identify the steps without sitting at the piano, but this is a great way to help them visualize the distance between the notes.
- Use the keyboard worksheet to introduce whole and half steps. Then have your student play whole and half steps on the piano.
- Help students become proficient at classifying whole and half steps on the staff with the second worksheet from this section.
9. Treble Clef Notes and Bass Clef Notes
The most common issue I see is kids that are great with the right hand notes, but really struggle to identify bass clef notes. For whatever reason, kids always seem to need extra practice with those left hand notes, so you’ll want to visit eartrainingandimprov.com often to print bass clef worksheets like the one you see here. You can view all bass clef worksheets by clicking bass clef worksheets
Click on an image to the left to print in black and white.
- Consider each student. Do any of them struggle with treble or bass clef notes?
- Print a worksheet for each student that has difficulties. The activities in this section allow you to give special attention to a student’s particular weakness in note reading.
10. Rhythm Worksheets for New Beginners
Do you have really young students who need extra reinforcement with rhythm basics? I created Playing With Rhythm especially for those little ones.
First review with your students what half notes and quarter notes look like. I usually point to a quarter note first and ask the kids to describe what it looks like. We conclude that it’s a black oval with a stem. Then I point to a half note and ask them to tell me what makes this note different from the first note. We conclude that it looks the same, except that it is “empty”.
Then play! Give kids this worksheet and ask them to “run around the playground” looking for all the half notes. Young kids think it’s fun to wander their pencil around this 2D playground and circle the half notes. And after they’ve identified over a dozen, they’ll confidently identify these rhythm notes next time they sit down with their method books.
- Ask your young beginners to circle all the half notes on the Playing With Rhythm printout.
- Invite students to give Early Bird a crazy hairdo by drawing lines to connect each note with its numeric value. Students will love this silly activity!
11. Music Alphabet
This first worksheet is for introducing the music alphabet. You can show them the print out and explain that the music alphabet is just like the regular alphabet, only easier because it has just 7 letters. Invite your student to point to each letter while you recite the music alphabet. Next, hand the child a pencil and ask her to copy the music alphabet onto the lines.
At the next few lessons, continue reviewing the music alphabet by asking the student to verbalize it with you and also write it down. When you think she’s got a good understanding, you’re ready to try this next worksheet.
Either of this worksheets can be used with manipulatives. You can use alphabet letter tiles or beads and ask the student to place a bead of the correct letter on the black space. Adding this kind of variety to your lessons will help your students stay excited about piano.
- Do you have any brand new beginners? Print the music alphabet worksheet and try the activity described above.
- Use the What’s Next worksheet to evaluate whether your students fully understand that the music alphabet has only 7 letters and then it repeats.
12. Holiday Music Theory Worksheets
I’ve created lots of printables with holiday themes and will continue to add to more, so be sure to check back each time a holiday is approaching.
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April 7, 2014 at 5:35 am
Thank you for this! My younger kids love doing worksheets with lots of bright colours like this!
March 17, 2020 at 9:18 pm
An SF Bay Area Piano Studio attempt to survive this Coronavirus Quarantine. Thanks for these worksheets during this time. These worksheets will complement my temporary online instruction for K12 after-school lessons.
May 7, 2023 at 1:09 pm
I REALLY LEARNT A LOT FROM YOUR WORKS SO FAR. INFACT WITH THIS EVERY CHILD WILL BE ABLE TO APPRECIATE THE LESSONS IN MUSIC
April 7, 2014 at 6:05 am
I’ve seen lots of students who are good at treble clef notes, but really struggle with the bass clef. I’ve tried asking parents to do flashcards at home, but it hasn’t really worked that well. I’m looking forward to trying your worksheets and these fun activities. Thank you!
April 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm
Have I told you you’re awesome today? I think its fantastic how you create or find all these resources just to hook kids into music. As a public educator with very little resources, I love the free worksheets and activity ideas. Thank you!!!
April 9, 2014 at 4:33 am
Thanks Beth, Jenny and Heather. I’m glad you like the worksheets!
I know what you mean, Teri. Families are busy and aren’t always able to help their students get in the extra practice they need. We just do the best we can during lessons and that’s why quick activities like these are perfect!
April 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm
Wow what a useful fun set of resources – thank you!
April 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm
Wow, wow, WOW! Thank you so much! I have a new 5 year old starting tomorrow. Will laminate and use these. YOu made my day!!
April 11, 2014 at 2:46 am
You’re welcome, Kelly. I’m so glad you’ll be able to use these worksheets and activities with your new student.
April 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Thanks so much! So cute and great tools for teaching!
April 24, 2014 at 5:09 am
Thanks, Diane. I’m glad you visited my little website and that you like the worksheets.
April 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm
Thank you, Kristin, for a terrific site. I look forward to using these worksheets with my students. I think note names in general are hard for some students.
July 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm
This is an awesome resource. I teach K-2 music and I can certainly utilize this information.
July 30, 2014 at 4:02 am
Thanks, Bobby! I hope you’ll get lots of use out of these activities!
July 31, 2014 at 10:55 am
Thanks so much for sharing these learning activities! I know several of my students who will love the cute pictures that somehow make worksheets more fun!
August 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Thank you very much Kristin. They are very appreciated and my students will enjoy them. You are very kind!
August 14, 2014 at 4:43 am
This is awesome! Thank you so much for selflessly sharing these learning activities. Absolutely a helpful and fun way to learn music theories. Love it :)
August 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Note reading will be the best ones. for me. Thank you for your generosity!
August 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm
My students are going to love these colorful worksheets with fun graphics! Thank you!
August 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm
You’re very welcome, Regina. Thanks for being so kind. Hope your students have a lot of fun!
October 17, 2014 at 6:17 am
Thank you so much for these fabulous worksheets!! It makes music theory cool to teach and learn. Your hard work is appreciated!
October 17, 2014 at 6:26 am
Thanks, Roberta! It really has been a lot of work, but it’s worth it when I hear that these resources are helping you make music theory fun to learn. I hope you’ll keep in touch!
October 20, 2014 at 7:03 am
wow, Im 57, has been teaching since 22! You think like I do! MUSIC HAS TO BE FUN!!! Not many music teachers in South Africa shares this attitude! I hope I can get these downloaded! BC…..Before Computer!
October 21, 2014 at 5:22 am
Ilse, how wonderful that these worksheets are being used all the way in South Africa. It’s so fun that we can share ideas and help each other. Great job keeping the right frame of mind during so many years of teaching. You’re right, when music is fun, kids respond so much better. Your students are lucky to have you!
November 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm
Thank you Kristin! So kind and generous of you to make these worksheets and activities available to all. I can only imagine the time and effort you have put into all this! With appreciation, Peter
December 17, 2014 at 6:30 am
Thanks, Peter! It has been a lot of effort to make these, but worth it when they help kids make more progress and help other teachers save time on lesson prep. Thanks for your kind comment.
January 6, 2015 at 2:12 am
very very nice… Thank you
January 13, 2015 at 12:22 am
I loved it! I share all the comments about music theory being fun fun fun! As a cultural & Arts teacher I try to find ways to make Culture, Arts & Music a fun experience for my students. Music theory can be very challenging. Thank you for these awesome Ideas! My musical & warm greetings from sunny Happy Island Of Aruba!
March 4, 2015 at 8:36 am
Hi, I was struggling hard to teach my son (6yo) the music notes as I am not music trained. This site was an answered prayer! Thank You for your generous sharing for the spread of music education!! I teach mainly Visual Arts. Am very encouraged and inspired by blogs like yours and strive to give freely as well. Lots of Gratitude from the heart!
March 5, 2015 at 8:13 am
Angie, what a sweet comment. I’m so glad that these will help. And I’m super impressed that you’re teaching the notes to your son. Keep up your great work–giving your son a music education will enrich his life in so many ways and he’ll be so grateful for all the time and effort you’re investing to help him grow. What a wonderful mother you are!
March 24, 2015 at 9:54 am
I super love it. THANKS for the great help :)))))
March 25, 2015 at 4:15 am
Thanks Kesha! You’re super too–keep up your great work!
April 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm
Thank you so much for these worksheets! My son has autism, visual processing disorder and dyslexia and has been taking piano lessons for almost one year. He has been making steady progress, but we are still having trouble learning the note names. Also each time a new concept is introduced, it is difficult for him to master it. These worksheets are a answer to prayer for us. They are visually spaced so well it is easy for him to see what he is supposed to be learning without the “extra fluff”! We are making more progress since we found them than we had before. He is truly enjoying learning the piano and this has given him such a much needed confidence boost. Thank you! Thank you!
April 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm
Allison, thank you for taking the time to share your son’s progress. That is wonderful! It warms my heart to hear that something I created has played a small role in helping your son with his musical education. You’re a great mom for being so involved in his lessons and for giving him the gift of music.
January 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm
Thank you for helping kids learn music. The are I live in doesn’t focus on music like when I was young. My kids are missing out on band and basics. This makes it easier for me to teach them to read music and appreciate it.
January 24, 2017 at 4:07 am
So glad these are helpful, Laura. You’re a great mom for filling in the gaps in your children’s education.
April 19, 2017 at 9:29 am
These resources are very useful. i’m very excited to use all of these in our workshop. It’s really a great help. Thank you very much Kristin for your very creative mind and generous heart to share all of your ideas with us. May God bless you always for thinking others.
April 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm
I love your site, and I use A LOT of your free printables for my students! I was wondering if you had any more worksheets on note values than listed here? Maybe some with time signatures or adding up the note values or creating rhythms. Thanks!
April 23, 2017 at 3:27 pm
So glad that these worksheets are helpful! You’re right, I do need to get more rhythm worksheets uploaded. There are some scattered throughout the holidays, so anytime that you’re approaching a holiday, you can use those for the worksheets. But I’ll definitely need to add some more general use worksheets.
June 13, 2017 at 2:04 am
Thank you for making all of these great resources available! I will be starting to teach lessons this summer after a hiatus. I am excited to try these ideas with my new students!
July 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm
Love your ideas. look forward to using more, just got a new 6yr old student
August 2, 2017 at 4:41 am
Terima kasih (Thank u) from Indonesia. This is my first year being a music teacher in a formal school. These worksheets help me a lot
January 31, 2018 at 5:52 pm
Question. Do you have the answer keys to these worksheets? My kids take piano, but I don’t play. Their teacher wants them to practice note identification and I love these….but I have no idea if they are correct or not. Thank yo!!!
February 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm
Thanks so much for these free printables!! I have a Life Skills music student who is moving to the far, far north of Canada where there is no school past Grade 8 (age 13 or so). He loves music and has perfect pitch, so I’m glad I was able to print some music worksheets for him to take along when he moves.
March 10, 2018 at 7:29 pm
Thanks so much! You have really encouraged me to start a group pre-piano class. I have some fun games and ideas to get it going. I also do a lot with movement since I am a retired general music teacher so I feel confident I have enough to get started!
April 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm
I am looking for a printable that I saw online yesterday. (But can’t find today!) it was a picture of an elephant with a bird on its head and a fly on the bird’s head. It was a fun way of illustrating the e,b,and f lines on the treble clef. Was this one on your printables?
April 25, 2018 at 3:09 am
Hi Debbie! Yes, a link to the printable can be found on the Treble Clef Worksheets page. Best wishes for you and your students!
September 12, 2018 at 2:15 am
Thank you so much for these worksheets! I’m glad that there are a variety of resources that I can use to make the lesson more interesting and meaningful for my younger students. I’ve only taught piano lessons for one year so things like this have really helped me get started and know how to teach my students.
September 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm
Thanks for your kind comment! I’m so glad these are helpful and wish you and your students a great year.
October 9, 2018 at 2:34 am
Just found your website tonight while looking for resources to teach my children Music Theory for our homeschool. Thank you so much for developing and sharing all these pro tables and taking the time to explain how to use them! We will be using this resource a lot, and I will share it with others.
October 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm
So glad these help! Good luck with your homeschooling!
December 31, 2018 at 2:25 am
January 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm
These music sheets will really help me on my test
March 26, 2019 at 12:14 am
Thank you so much! What a resource!
March 28, 2019 at 8:28 am
I was pleasantly surprised when I found these helpful, colourful and creative worksheets. Thank you so much!
April 28, 2019 at 7:56 pm
Your site has great ideas for my special education students in middle school. They have just the right amount of examples to accommodate middle school students in my LIMMS classes! I loved them all! I only copied a few right now but perfect for my intervals, and scales lessons! Thank you so much! The students will love them. I can also leave these for a sub to use as well!
April 30, 2019 at 5:15 am
Jean, your kind comment made my day. I’m so happy to hear that these worksheets are helping your students. Keep up your great work!
May 14, 2019 at 1:46 pm
These are fabulous. I teach chorus in a k-12 and i find them really helpful in my classes as well! great job on your website too!
August 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm
You made these sheets right around when my baby was born and now she is 5 and using them. It’s amazing how your effort is still helping parents after many years and will continue to help. Thank you for this!
October 10, 2019 at 6:14 pm
Oh how wonderful! Your comment made me smile, and I’m so happy that your daughter is enjoying these theory worksheets.
August 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm
These worksheets are really great! I was asked to teach the little kids this year, and I didn’t have much fun stuff for them, so this is a wonderful find. I know it took a lot of work and time to put these together. Thank you so much!
September 18, 2019 at 6:20 am
Wow! Thank you so much, these worksheets and tips are amazing and so helpful when still finding your teaching feet.
October 10, 2019 at 6:11 pm
So glad these ideas are helpful! I wish you big success!
October 1, 2019 at 5:55 am
I teach grades 1-9 and have found your worksheets extremely useful. They are set out very logically and the instructions are clear. Thank you for your hard work – it is truly appreciated.
October 10, 2019 at 6:02 pm
Thanks Tessa! Keep up your great work with those students–they’re so lucky to have you!
November 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm
I have been looking for something to add a little fun to my studio! This looks like just what I need!!!
November 23, 2019 at 7:18 am
thanks for the information
November 24, 2019 at 1:03 am
I teach piano from 6-13. Your data is wonderful. Thanks to you I think I can have a fun class with my children. Thank for the data
February 26, 2020 at 11:47 pm
Thank you fo these sheets!
February 27, 2020 at 10:50 am
Thank you so much for these wonderful worksheets which you offer for free on your website. I give piano lessons and they are very useful and also fun to help improve students’ music theory. I really appreciate your generosity! May God bless you and reward you for all the hard work you put into making them! Greetings from Romania!
February 28, 2020 at 5:10 pm
These are a lifesaver. Thank you.
March 20, 2020 at 2:14 am
March 27, 2020 at 9:28 pm
Thanks alot – I was looking for things to give my students to print at home during coronavirus lockdown and a couple of these were perfect – the ball bouncing one is great cause it gives them something non-computer oriented to do.
Thanks so much!
March 28, 2020 at 3:17 pm
Good info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I have saved as a favorite for later!
April 1, 2020 at 9:47 pm
Thank you so much for all the worksheets. Like most of the world, we are going though the COVID19 (corona virus) social distancing. In a time like this, I am thankful for your dedication to music, as we are unable to have our regular, face-to-face private piano lessons. These worksheets will really keep my students thinking, practicing, and enjoying music! Thanks again!
June 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm
This is a great resource for a mom who is unversed in piano herself but still trying to encourage her child’s interest and supplement the piano instruction at home. The activities are attractive and well thought out. We all benefit from your years of on-hand experience with youngsters and older students alike. Thank you very much for organizing it so well and for making it free! This mom and 6 year old are very grateful.
September 5, 2020 at 4:30 am
Thank you very much for the worksheets! I complied them and will put it in binder for my kids. Its a very big help especially during this pandemic! I love the cartoons too! Thank you again!
September 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm
Thank you! I am doing assessments to start the year and was looking for ways to do this with my online lessons. Your wonderful worksheets fit the bill perfectly! I have downloaded almost all of them listed here. The students will love it – much more fun than just showing them flashcards and having them name notes, intervals, etc.
October 13, 2020 at 3:53 pm
So grateful for what you have done here! This is a God-send! Blessings to you!
January 12, 2021 at 4:23 pm
These are so creative! Thank you!
February 18, 2021 at 8:09 pm
Your worksheets are fun and engaging! Thank you so much for providing some much needed resources for my Annual “Piano Practice Challenge” where students complete theory pages to reach their goal line.
May 7, 2021 at 12:10 pm
I just found your website while looking for ideas to help a young student. Your worksheets and ideas, including the group activities, are amazing!!! Thank you SO much for sharing!!
June 6, 2021 at 7:36 pm
Thank you for sharing all of this material. Very nice Work!
December 2, 2021 at 9:06 am
Thank you so much for these :) I teach piano to younger students and some of these sheets will be their Christmas ‘homework’! Thanks again
September 14, 2022 at 12:43 am
Thank you so much for these neat worksheets! I have some very young beginner pianists, & I need a little extra time & material to cover with them. I really appreciate your help!
July 12, 2023 at 11:36 am
Thank you so much for all these cute and colorful worksheets! I am a special needs kids’ teacher, and I am also teaching music to them. All these worksheets are very easy for them to understand. I really appreciate you made it all free and share it with everyone! God bless!
July 19, 2023 at 6:40 am
Thanks Jillian—that was so kind of you. I’m so glad these resources are helping the special needs kids you teach.
July 14, 2023 at 2:52 pm
Thanks for sharing all these fun activity and ideas. Do you have the formula sheet for minor chords like you do for the major chords? I am also be interested in formula sheet for diminished and augmented chords. I’m willing to pay for them.
July 19, 2023 at 6:51 am
Thanks Janet for your kind comment and your question. I don’t have those worksheets right now, but I’m glad you told me it’s something that would be helpful for you. I’m hoping to have some time to create new resources after my kids resume school. I’ll notify everyone on the newsletter when new resources are available :)
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- Next, add any of the 1st semester course options that apply to you (see the green table below)
- Finally, add your lessons (MUAP 300) for 2 credits with your studio teacher
- Your schedule should be between 14-17 credits during your initial enrollment period, depending on your concentration. Note that you cannot enroll in more than 17 credits during your initial enrollment period. If you need additional classes beyond 17 credits, you may wait to add lessons or ensembles until open enrollment begins in August.
Your placement exam scores identify the appropriate course level based on your current skills. Video Tutorial: Locating your JMU scores
ALEKS Math Assessment Score: You need to know your math assessment score to determine your math placement for the 1st-semester or a future semester. After completion of the math assessment, enter your score in the field below so you have this information available if you are required to take a math course your 1st-semester. If a math course is required in the 1st-semester, it will be identified in the major recommendations section below. If math is not listed, you will take math in a future semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.
My ALEKS Score:
Foreign Language Placement Score: You also need to know your JMUFL foreign language placement score to determine the appropriate placement level. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.
My JMUFL Score:
Major Recommendations for the 1st Semester
Some majors will wait to enroll in ensembles until after auditions occur, while others should enroll in a particular ensemble now as stated in the list below. If you are someone who should wait, please schedule a “break” in the schedule planner during the ensemble listed below. This will tell the schedule planner not to schedule other classes during that time. If you are planning to audition for an ensemble not listed below, you may wish to schedule a break in your schedule for that ensemble's time as well.
- Pianists: enroll in MUAP 357 if indicated to you by piano area, otherwise enroll now in MUAP 236 or 234 depending on your voice type
- Vocalists: enroll in MUAP 234 or MUAP 236 depending on your voice type
- Guitarists: enroll in MUAP 353
- Strings: schedule a break during MUAP 344
- Wind/Brass: You may be placed in 238, 239, 344, 345, 346. It's not possible to hold all of those times in your schedule, so do your best to keep at least one of those open in your schedule.
- Percussion: enroll in MUAP 354 now; your other placement is typically in 344, 345, 238, or 239. It's not workable to schedule breaks during all of those times, so for now just do your best not to schedule classes during at least one of those times.
- Music education (winds, brass, percussion only): enroll in MUAP 237
Note that this is not a complete list of ensembles in the School of Music
- MUAP 234: University Chorus: Tenor / Bass (M/W 4:10 - 5:25)
- MUAP 235: Treble Chamber Choir (T/TH 3:55 - 5:10)
- MUAP 236: University Chorus Soprano / Alto (M/W 4:10 - 5:25)
- MUAP 237: Marching Band (T/W/TH/F 6:00PM - 7:30PM) (2 credit hours)
- MUAP 238: Concert Band (T/TH 2:20 - 3:35)
- MUAP 239: Symphonic Band (T/TH 12:45 - 2:00)
- MUAP 344: Chamber Orchestra (M/W/F 11:30 - 12:20)
- MUAP 345: Symphony Orchestra (M/W 3:00 - 3:50, T/TH 2:20 - 3:35)
- MUAP 346: Wind Symphony (M/W/F 4:10 - 5:25)
- MUAP 347: Jazz Ensemble (M 5:20 - 6:10 & T/TH 3:55 - 5:10)
- MUAP 348: Jazz Band (T/TH 3:55 - 5:10)
- MUAP 352: Brass Band (M/W 12:40 - 1:30 & F 12:40 - 2:35PM)
- MUAP 353: Guitar Ensemble (W 4:30 - 7:00)
- MUAP 354: Percussion Ensemble (M/W/F 12:40 - 1:30)
- MUAP 357: Collaborative Piano (M/W/F 12:40 - 1:30)
If you do not have credit for writing through AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment enroll in WRTC 103 for the fall semester. If you have credit for WRTC 103, then choose another gen ed from another cluster following the Gen Ed planner, but note: don't take anything from C2VPA, and music education students will take PSYC 160 from C5SD
- WRTC 103: Rhetorical Reading and Writing
All Bachelor of Arts students must attend a minimum of 10 approved recitals each semester for four semesters. This class allows you to track your attendance. The timeslot it holds in your schedule will be used for studio classes, guest artist visits, and other events (please don't schedule over top of it).
- MUS 195: Recital Attendance
Take the online diagnostic test through Canvas before you enroll in music theory courses. Log on to Canvas and click on the course called “Music Theory Placement Test.” If you cannot see this course, please contact Dr. John Peterson ( [email protected] ). If the results of your test indicate you should take MUS 141 (Foundations), then please enroll in that class. If not, you may enroll in any of the other courses listed in the column to the right. Note that MUS 241 (Diatonic & Chromatic harmony) should be taken at some time during the first year (either Fall or Spring). First year students typically take 1 theory course during their Fall semester.
Enroll only if diagnostic suggests it:
- MUS 141: Foundations
- MUS 241: Diatonic & Chromatic Harmony
- MUS 252: Analysis of Music 1900-1950
- MUS 253: Analysis of Music 1950-now
- MUS 254: Form & Analysis of Popular Music
Enroll in MUS 143 regardless of what music theory class you enroll in. If you earned an aural subscore of 5 on the AP Theory Test, you do not need to take MUS 143.
- MUS 143: Aural Skills 1
Pianists should not enroll in keyboard skills (you will take MUS 303A in Fall of your Sophomore year). All others should enroll in MUS 100.
If you have strong keyboarding skills and think you can test into Keyboard Skills 3, you may contact your first-year advisor to request a placement test during Summer Springboard. Enroll in MUS 100 anyway for now so that you have it scheduled just in case.
- MUS 100: Keyboard Skills I
Enroll in the MUAP 300 section that has your studio teacher as instructor. Please be sure you enroll for 2 credit hours.
- MUAP 300: Applied Music Lesson (2 credits)
1st Semester Madison Foundations Requirement:
Select ONE course from EITHER the Critical Thinking section OR the Human Communications section for your 1st-semester. You will take a course from the other area in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a Human Communications and a Critical Thinking course in the 1st-semester.
Critical Thinking: (select one)
Students should take Critical Thinking in a discipline different from their major to experience alternative ways of analyzing evidence, making arguments, and solving problems. Critical Thinking courses are not introductions to the major: for example, BUS 160 is not a Business major class. It is for majors in other fields such as History and Music.
- BUS 160 : Business Decision-Making in a Modern Society
- EDUC 102E : Critical Questions in Education
- HIST 150 : Critical Issues in Recent Global History
- ISAT 160 : Problem-Solving Approaches in Science and Technology
- PHIL 120 : Critical Thinking
- PHIL 150 : Ethical Reasoning
- SMAD 150 : Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills
Human Communications: (select one)
- SCOM 121 : Human Communication - Presentations
- SCOM 122 : Human Communication - Individual Presentations
- SCOM 123 : Human Communication - Group Presentations
Optional 1st Semester Courses:
Below are courses taken only by certain concentration.
Music Education: MUS 150 must be taken during the first or second semester. Enroll in this course first semester if possible. Wind, Brass & Percussion Majors ONLY: Enroll in MUAP 237
- MUS 150: Intro to Technological Applications in Music (1 credit hour)
- MUAP 237: Marching Band (2 credit hours) - Wind, Brass & Percussion Majors ONLY
Composition: Enroll in MUS 352 only if you have been officially accepted into the composition studio (do not enroll if you are planning to be a composer, but have not yet been accepted)
- MUS 352: Music Composition
Vocalists: Enroll in MUS 120
- MUS 120: Diction for Singers I (1 credit hour)
- Enroll in MUAP 354.
- Keep MWF 11:15AM - 12:05PM time block free.
- MUAP 354: Percussion Ensemble (1 credit hour)
Pianists: Please consult with piano faculty members to determine whether or not you should take MUAP 357 during your first semester. If you do, it counts as your ensemble. If you don't, you should enroll in choir.
- MUAP 357: Piano Accompany & Piano Ensemble
Music Industry: You may take MUI 221 in either the Fall or Spring semester. Those enrolling in MUS 241 (Diatonic and Chromatic Harmony) might wish to take MUI 221 in the Fall since MUI 221 conflicts with fewer theory courses in the Fall than in the Spring.
- MUI 221: Survey of Music Industry
General Education Courses
Complete the schedule planning process by using the General Education Planner below to identify courses to add to your schedule to create a full schedule of 14 - 17 credit hours. The number of GenEd courses you need to add from the list below is major dependent. Based on the required courses above, some majors will only need to add one GenEd course from the list below while others may need to add three GenEd courses to create a full schedule.
- Madison Foundations - Writing: If you do not have AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment credit for WRTC 103, we encourage you enroll your 1st-semester. If a WRTC 103 course is not available, you will enroll in the following semester.
- The Natural World: Math courses are restricted to students in majors that require a math class in the 1st-semester. If your major requires math in the 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in the major recomendations area of this worksheet. If a math course is not identified above, your advisor will discuss your math placement score and math recommendation for your major when you meet during Orientation.
- American & Global Perspectives: This is an area where many students have earned credit through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school. If you are waiting on test or grade results, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from a different area until you receive your results.
- Sociocultural & Wellness Area: If you are waiting on test or grade results through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from a different area until you receive your results.
Modified GenEd Planner for 1st-Semester Use
Select ONE course from EITHER the Critical Thinking section OR the Human Communications section for your 1st-semester.
Critical Thinking See the required section of this worksheet.
Human Communication See the required section of this worksheet.
Writing (3 credit hours) See the required section of this worksheet.
Sociocultural & Wellness Area
Wellness Domain (3 credit hours) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- HTH 100 : Personal Wellness 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.
- KIN 100 : Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture and a specific physical activity per course section. Read the TOPIC section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness activity. Swim conditioning assumes students can already swim.
Sociocultural Domain (3 credit hours) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- EDUC 175E : Learning, Behavior and Engagement in Context
- PSYC 101 : General Psychology
- PSYC 160 : Life Span Human Development
- SOCI 140 : Microsociology: The Individual in Society
- WGSS 200 : Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities
Human Questions and Contexts (3 credit hours) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- AMST 200 : Introduction to American Studies
- ANTH 205 : Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
- HIST 101 : World History to 1500
- HIST 102 : World History since 1500
- HUM 250 : Foundations of Western Culture
- HUM 251 : Modern Perspectives
- HUM 252 : Global Cultures
- LAXC 252 : Intro to Latin American, Latinx and Carribean Studies
- PHIL 101 : Intro to Philosophy
- REL 101 : Religions of the World
- REL 102 : Religion, Spirituality, and the Meaning of Life
Visual and Performing Arts (3 credit hours) This cluster area is fulfilled by MUS 206, a major requirement that fulfills this area of the GenEd program requirement. MSU 206 is offered in the spring semester.
Literature (3 credit hours) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- ENG 221 : Literature/Culture/Ideas
- ENG 222 : Genre(s)
- ENG 235 : Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century
- ENG 236 : Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern
- ENG 239 : Studies in World Literature
- ENG 247 : Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War
- ENG 248 : Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period
- ENG 260 : Survey of African-American Literature
- HUM 200 : Great Works of Literature
The Natural World
Quantitative Reasoning If a math course is required for your 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in the major recommendations section . Otherwise, math is not required for your major the 1st-semester. You will enroll in a math class in a later semester based on your ALEKS score. Talk with your advisor about your ALEKS score during Orientation.
Physical Principles (3 credit hours, unless indicated) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- ASTR 120 : The Solar System
- ASTR 121 : Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
- CHEM 120 : Concepts of Chemistry
- CHEM 131 : General Chemistry (lab co-requisite CHEM 131L)
- ISAT 100 : Environmental and Energy Sustainability
- ISAT 112 : Environmental Issues in Science and Technology (lab included) - 4 cr hours
- ISCI 101 : Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience
- ISCI 172 : Physical Science for Teachers (IdLS, some COE majors only)
- PHYS 121 : The Physical Nature of Light and Sound (lab included) - 4 cr hours
- PHYS 140 : College Physics I (lab co-requisite PHYS 140L)
- PHYS 215 : Energy and the Environment
- PHYS 240 : University Physics I (lab co-requisite PHYS 240L)
Natural Systems (3 credit hours, unless indicated) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- ANTH 196 : Biological Anthropology (optional lab co-requisite ANTH 196L)
- BIO 103 : Contemporary Biology
- BIO 140 : Foundations of Biology I (lab co-requisite BIO 140L)
- BIO 270 : Human Physiology (lab co-requisite BIO 270L)
- GEOL 102 : Environment: Earth
- GEOL 110 : Physical Geology (lab co-requisite GEOL 110L)
- GEOL 115 : Earth Systems and Climate Change (lab co-requisite GEOL 115L)
- GEOL 210 : Applied Physical Geology
- GEOL 211 : Introduction to Oceanography
- ISAT 113 : Biotechnical Issues in Science & Technology (lab co-requisite ISAT 113L)
- ISCI 171 : Earth & Planetary Sciences for Teachers (IdLS, some COE majors only)
Lab Experience (1 credit hour, unless indicated) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- ANTH 196L : Biological Anthropology Lab
- BIO 140L : Foundations of Biology I Lab (take with BIO 140)
- BIO 270L : Human Physiology Lab (take with BIO 270)
- CHEM 131L : General Chemistry Lab (take with CHEM 131)
- GEOL 110L : Physical Geology Lab (take with GEOL 110)
- GEOL 115L : Earth Systems and Climate Change Lab (take with GEOL 115)
- ISAT 113L : Biotechnical Issues in Science & Technology Lab (take with ISAT 113)
- ISCI 104 : Scientific Perspectives (IdLS, some COE majors only)
- ISCI 173 : Life & Environmental Science for Teachers (COE students only, 3 credits)
- PHYS 140L : General Physics Lab I (take with PHYS 140)
- PHYS 240L : University Physics Lab I (take with PHYS 240)
American & Global Perspectives
The American Experience (4 credit hours) If you are waiting for AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment credit for history or government, do not enroll until you have received your results.
- HIST 225 : U.S. History
- JUST 225 : Justice and American Society
- POSC 225 *: U.S. Government
The Global Experience (3 credit hours) You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.
- AAAD 200 : Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies
- ANTH 195 : Cultural Anthropology
- ECON 200 : Introduction to Macroeconomics
- GEOG 200 : Geography: The Global Dimension
- HM 225E : Tourism in a Global Context
- POSC 200 *: Global Politics
- SOCI 110 : Social Issues in a Global Context
*POSC 200 and POSC 225 cannot both be used to satisfy this area.
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