Flashcard Fun

Let’s face it, as adults we would not find pointing to notes on a page with an accompanying “what’s the name of this one?” all that inspiring, so why would students? But as soon as you change things up and add flashcards to the lesson, things get more interesting!  There are numerous games and possibilities, lasting from one minute to five.  Parents who want to help their child at home can also reinforce the teacher’s lesson by printing the flashcards and playing at home.

Here are a few of my favorites.

What do I need?

I’ve made some flashcards which can be downloaded as pdf files for free here.  I like to print them out on card stock, then after cutting them out, laminate them to help them last longer.   You may wish to use different colored card stock for each set.


Lay the lettered cards A B C D E F G face up on the floor. I like to change up the order each time, as younger students often find the leap of what comes after G hard to grasp. (B C D E F G A is my favorite)

Choose the note cards you wish to work on, e.g treble or bass, or to make it more challenging and fun, let the student shuffle the treble and bass note cards together. Put the shuffled cards face down, about one meter away from the letter cards.

The student picks the note card, shouts its name, runs and places it under the lettered card.  The object of the game is to match the cards as fast as possible.  Setting a timer and keeping note of the overall time helps keep a record of their progress.


The classic memory game but using music flashcards

There are two ways I like to play this.

-Using the name cards and the note cards.  Make sure you have a name card to match each note card, this may mean you have to print more name flashcards. Create two sections, one with the name cards and the other with the note cards (all face down). The object of the game is to match one card to it’s corresponding card in the other section, by turning over one card per section at a time.  If unsuccessful in finding a pair, the cards are replaced face down and the student has to remember where to find that card.

-Using treble cards and bass cards.  As above, make sure you have a treble to match a bass of the same name.  The student has to think in both clefs when playing this version.


Have the student play a song they know well, preferably from memory. As they are playing, place a dynamic flashcard on the stand.  The student has to play with that dynamic marking as soon as they can.  Start slow, then end by having a different dynamic every couple of beats or every measure. Expect lots of laughter towards the end!


Have an extra minute at the end of the lesson or want to refocus the student’s concentration mid lesson?  Announce it’s Italian time. As you show a dynamic flashcard to the student they have to say its Italian name then play C scale (edit this as you wish) at that dynamic.

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