Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Music Alphabet Mystery - Sneaking Up and Down the Stairs

It's time for another Music Alphabet Mystery! My beginners completed the Music Alphabet Mystery I posted last week, and after they all said "This is EASY!" I was pleased with how well they know their music alphabet and knew it was time to move on to something a tiny bit more challenging. As a next step in this learning process, I created the "Music Alphabet Mystery - Sneaking Up and Down the Stairs"  to help them review thinking backwards within the music alphabet.

  • To review stepping up and stepping down within the music alphabet 
  • To solidify the concept "stepping up = moving forwards in the music alphabet"
  • To solidify the concept "stepping down = moving backwards in the music alphabet"
  • To have the student say aloud each letter of the music alphabet stepping up and stepping down
  • To prepare students for speaking and playing 5-note scales/5-finger patterns
  • This printable sheet
  • Plastic sheet protector
  • Dry erase markers
  • Eraser for dry erase markers
  • Timer if you wish to make this a timed activity for students who are already music alphabet savvy
  • The first page, subtitled "Sneaking Up and Down the Stairs", is appropriate for younger students in the elementary grades
  • The second page, titled "Stepping Up and Down in the Music Alphabet", is appropriate for any age, including adult students
  • Beginners who are working on reviewing the music alphabet and stepping up and down within it
  • Non-beginners who need reinforcement of stepping up and stepping down within the music alphabet 
  • Print out the sheet you wish to use with your student
  • Laminate it or place it in a plastic sheet protector
  • Give it to the student to complete either within the lesson or at home
  • Be sure the student is thinking backwards in the music alphabet, rather than simply copying the letters from the ascending stairs onto the descending stairs! You may wish to cover the ascending stairs with a small sticky note before the student tackles the descending stairs :)


  1. Great idea! So many students breeze through the notes when they're going up the keys but really struggle with coming down. I'll be using this with some of my students tonight!

    1. Thanks! Glad it can be helpful for your students! Let me know how it goes :)

  2. Love this! Will get lots of use out it! Thanks, Melody!

    1. Thanks so much, Becky! I'm glad you can use it :) Let me know how it goes!

  3. This is really interesting, and easy task. I really recommend to all to try this 'puzzle'.