Music Literacy Resources

All of the files below may be used free of charge. Feel free to share these with others, but I do request that you NOT make any money from these resources provided here. If you would like something not provided here, please send me a note and I’ll see what I can do. You can reach me at

I know that half the battle of starting to use these materials is finding the time and resources to make them. All of the materials here are free, but if you prefer, I can make them and mail them to you for a modest fee. Please email me if you are interested in purchasing flashcards from me.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Carol Krueger whose willingness to freely share her own materials with me has inspired me to provide this website resource for others.

-Mike Driscoll


In the Summer and Winter of 2010, “Mass Music News” (Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s quarterly publication) published the first two articles in a series of articles I wrote on teaching music literacy that I called “But I Don’t Have Time! A Case for Teaching Music Literacy.” The articles discuss how teaching music literacy does not have to be extremely time consuming. Links to the first two articles and a suggested repertoire list are below. The third parts of the article will be available as they are published.

But I Dont Have Time! (part 1)

But I Dont Have Time! (part 2)

Repertoire Suggestions

But I Dont Have Time! – (part 2: suggested repertoire)

Some of my personal editions on CPDL

“Alleluia” by Johann Kuhnau (Conductor score and instrument parts also available on CPDL.)

“L’Acceso” by Giovanni Gastoldi

“Verleih’ uns Frieden” by Felix Mendelssohn (Vocal score. Conductor score and instrument parts also available on CDPL.)

Additional Resources

Three Easy Rules for Finding ‘do’

It’s not necessary to learn all of the key signatures in order to find the tonic. If you’re using la-based minor, these three rules work for any key signature, any mode and any clef.


Tonal Flashcards

Many free flashcards are available for download on the Tonal Resources page.

Rhythm Flashcards

Many free flashcards are available download on the Rhythm Resources page.

Tonal & Rhythm Flashcard Templates

The links below are to ZIP files containing Finale 2011 & Sibelius 6 files that you can use to create your own Tonal and Rhythm flashcards.

Finale Templates – Rhythm and Tonal Flashcards (added 10/24/10)

Sibelius Templates – Rhythm and Tonal Flashcards (added 2/14/12)

Clefs, Key Signatures, Note Names

Treble, Bass, Alto & Tenor Clefs; 4 per page

Student-sized flashcards. These can be used to create key signature flashcards by adding key signatures.  They can also be used to create note name flashcards by adding notes. Print this out onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper and then cut the paper into quarters.

Large Key Signatures; Bass & Treble Clefs

Classroom-sized flashcards with all key signatures on both the bass and treble clefs.

Note Names; Bass, Treble, Alto & Tenor Clefs

Classroom-sized flashcards with most notes in the bass, treble, alto and tenor clefs.

2 Responses to Music Literacy Resources

  1. Harmony August 13, 2018 at 8:37 am #


    I have been searching everywhere for something like these. I am so happy to have found these. Thank you for sharing!


    • Michael August 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      You’re welcome – glad they’re useful!

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