Unit B1 – Notes and the Stave

To complete this unit students should be comfortable with:

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Visit: Unit B1, Unit B2, Unit B4, Unit B5, Unit B6, Unit B7, Unit B8, Unit B9, Unit B11, Unit B12, Unit B14, Unit B15
Go To: Stage A, Stage C


Activities

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  • Bass About Face is an uno-like card game which focusses on the often neglected bass clef notes. It gives students practice in naming notes and understanding how the stave works.
  • Lions, Tigers, and Bears is a good game to reinforce the link between note letters, keys, and notes on the stave.
  • Swoop at Sight help students to quickly find a new position on the piano (most of Level 1 is appropriate for Stage B, but you may need to remove some cards with ledger lines).

Worksheets

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Five finger position notes quizzes
These worksheets follow the same format, asking students to identify and draw notes within different five finger positions. They complement tutor series that use five-finger positions as a way to explore new notes.

C Major Position

  • Bass clef low C (one below middle C) up to G.
  • Treble clef high C (one above middle C) up to G

G Major Position

  • Bass clef low G (lowest line of bass clef stave) up to D
  • Treble clef G (above middle C) up to D

D Major Position

  • Bass clef D (middle line) up to A
  • Treble clef D (next to middle C) up to A
  • Includes F sharps (covered in Unit B9)

F Major Position

  • Bass clef low F (below the stave) up to C
  • Treble clef low F (first space note) up to C
  • Includes B flat (covered in Unit B9)

A Minor Position

  • Bass clef low A (first space) up to E
  • Treble clef A (second space) up to E
  • No C sharps


More Stage B Notes Worksheets
Stage B Notes on the Stave
Notes on the Stave 
Treble and bass clef notes in order of lowest to highest. Students name all the notes, and it becomes a reference sheet.

 

Treble Clef FACE Worksheets (2)
An introduction to the “FACE” method of working out space notes in the treble clef, and a letters and lengths quiz using FACE notes, and Stage A note lengths plus ties.

Bass Clef “All Cows Eat Grass” Worksheets (2)
An introduction to the “All Cows Eat Grass” method of working out space notes in the bass clef, and a letters and lengths quiz using ACEG notes, and Stage A note lengths plus ties.

Stage B Letters and Lengths Quizzes (3)

  • Treble Clef Letters and Lengths Quiz: Identify notes within the treble clef staves, and note values including crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves, and pairs of quavers.
  • Bass Clef Letters and Lengths Quiz: As above but notes within the bass clef staves.
  • Stage B Letters and Lengths Quiz: Identify notes within the treble and bass clef staves, and note lengths of, pairs of quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted minims, and semibreves.

 


Repertoire

Stage A Notes – Hands Together
Get Set! Piano Pieces 1
Hello There! – pg 5
Wriggly Caterpillar – pg 11

Stage A Notes and other Stage B Features – Hands Together
Get Set! Piano Pieces 1
Tie Time – pg 12 – Ties
Funky Freddie – pg 12 – Ties – (1st and 2nd time bars)
Rocking Tune – pg 13 – 2 note chords
Leonardo’s Lazy Day – Pg 16 – Flats

C position
LH

Get Set! Piano Pieces 1
Shine – pg 13
Stay Up Late – pg 14
Ben’s Bounce – pg 14

Piano Star – Five Finger Tunes
Octopus – pg 12
Clock Shop – pg 13 (3 note chords)
Quavers Quiver Quickly – pg 16 (quaver rest)

D Major Position
RH

Piano Star 1
Ice on the Pond – pg 20
Five Little Speckled Frogs – pg 21 (Simple syncopation)
Old MacDonald Had a Drum – pg 23

Hands Together

Piano Star – Five Finger Tunes
What’s the Buzz about the Bees? – pg 18