Grade Levels: K-3

Classroom Activities for Teaching the Musical Alphabet

These K-3 activities provide parents and educators with ideas for reinforcing learning at home about the musical alphabet. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Musical Alphabet topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.

Middle C
Explore middle C on different instruments. If possible, teach how to play middle C on a few different instruments. Some website provide music samples so this can be done online. You may want to find these resources and explore them together with your students. How is middle C on a piano different from middle C on a guitar?

Silly Sentences

Help your students remember notes on a staff by creating silly sentences. You may have students draw notes on a blank staff, write their silly sentences, and illustrate them to help increase comprehension and make the information easier to retain.

Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching the Musical Alphabet

C to Shining C

If possible, play a simple C scale on an instrument, such as a piano. Some websites have online keyboards where you can press the keys and play notes. (Some even show you how to play a C scale.) Have your child practice playing the scale. As you play together, have him or her name the notes that are being played: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.

Bass or Treble Clef

Listen to music together or see live music. Many local colleges have chamber ensembles and many high schools have orchestras or marching bands. Have your child pick out instruments that play notes in the bass or treble clef. If your child does not know the name of an instrument, look it up together online or at the library.