HeartKeysLooking for a fun way to review key signatures in lessons? Today we are sharing a game for key signature review. There are three sets of cards in the file you can download below – one with the key signatures themselves, one with the names of the keys (only Major this time), and one with funny acronyms.

My students are having so much fun with the acronyms – they come up with the most creative ideas! I’ve used many different acronyms for sharps and flats on this set of cards.  Each card in this acronym set has one to seven words – depending on the key it matches up with! For example, one card says “Bald Eagles Are Daring.” Counting up the flats (B, E, A, D) this would match with the key of Ab Major name card as well as the key signature with 4 flats.

We are using this for matching games in my studio right now. Some students just use two sets of the cards, others are challenged to match three sets of cards.

**Updated 03/12/15** To tell the sets apart, I wrote in hearts of different colors on the opposite side of the cards – super easy so I didn’t have to fuss with double sided printing. Hope your students enjoy their review!

Download: MatchingKeys

Would minor keys be helpful to add? Can’t wait to hear know how you are using these cards!

Author: Whitney

Whitney Hawker, NCTM, teaches group and private piano at Weber State University, Utah. She loves surprising students with the perfect piece or a new exciting game! After graduate school, she missed sharing ideas and resources daily with colleagues so she and her friend, Spring, began blogging together at 4DPianoTeaching.com