by Tamsyn

February 5, 2016

Pin the note on the piano?  Why not?

pin the note on the piano printables

This printable in only available to our members right now.
But it would be easy enough to replicate or adapt any way you choose!

About a week ago, I had a dream that my kids were playing this game, so I made the printable and we did!  It was fun too.  To make this printable, simply print out the two pages (cardstock is better), cut out the pieces, laminate, and cut again.  It was probably overkill to cut out the cards twice (before and after laminating), but I'm glad that I cut out the notes twice because they will have much heavier use and the lamination around the edge of the notes makes the print-out more sturdy.

I printed out three pianos, but you only need one for most of the activities I will suggest.

There are three sets of printouts you can match on the piano- whole notes with letters inside, bass clef notes from bass C up to B, and treble clef notes from Middle C up to B.  Let's explore a few ways you can use these printables.

Featured Game:  Pin the Note on the Piano

To play this game, tape the piano onto the wall.  Place tape on the back of the notes, blindfold the children, tell them which note they are holding, and challenge them to put it in the right place.  When all the notes have been placed on the piano, examine the results and laugh together.

Laugh, yes.  But then fix it so they leave with a reinforced impression on where the notes really go.

Easter Egg Hunt

The kids had a blast with this game.  Hide the notes around the room and send them out to find them.  My children really enjoyed hiding them for each other as well.  As soon as they find a note, they immediately put it on the piano board before looking for another one.  A variation of this game would be to have them run some kind of relay race or go through an obstacle course, but I didn't get that far yesterday.  Even my toddler was able to play this game.  Naturally I showed him where the note goes on the piano, but he really enjoyed participating.  This game can be played with the flashcards as well.

Other Games

Other games you can play with these printables include but is not limited to:

  • Make a match- Mix up the bass and treble cards, lay them out on the table, and play a matching game.  Two C's are a match, etc.
  • Ear training- Play a note on a real piano and have them place the note they heard on their printout.
  • Match the notes on the piano using one or two piano cards.  Use a timer and see if you can beat your last score.
  • Use the piano and notes to gauge progress on a separate goal.  As students accomplish a predetermined goal, they get to put a note up on the piano.  When the scale is complete, they get a prize or special activity.

Have fun!  If you come up with an activity of your own, I'd love to hear about it.

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Get our Free Starter Kit

Our 61-page e-book offers some of our best content, and more than enough to get you started, including the ever-popular Piano Chord Wheel, Rainbow Castle, the color-coded Piano Insert, Rhythm Bingo, and more!