Archive for For Kids

Learn to Play the Piano E-Book

Here is another module created for the Mr. Noteman Music Is for Kids workshop. This one is for teaching small kids the basics of piano playing.

Learn to Play the Piano

Free e-book!

Piano ebook

Song for Unicycle and Ukulele

OK, so an online mentor of mine jokingly said maybe I should go around riding a unicycle playing a ukulele. Ha! Little does he know I DO ride a unicycle and can play the ukulele. I never thought about combining the two.

Till now.

Presenting, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as you’ve never seen it before:

Ukulele e-Book for Beginners

The ukulele is a fun little instrument to pick up and play, and is suitable for students of all ages and sizes. This e-book teaches kids to play using colored notes, and starts off with simple 1 chord songs before moving on to 2 chord songs and 3 chord songs.

We use colored dots on the fingerboard - easy to read for even small kids!

We use colored dots on the fingerboard – easy to read for even small kids!

1 Chord Songs:

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Are You Sleeping?
  • Ring Around the Rosies
  • Praise the Lord
  • The Farmer in the Dell

2 Chord Songs:

  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Clementine
  • Skip to My Lou
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low
  • How Much Is That Doggy in the Window
  • Itsy, Bitsy Spider
  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  • My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

3 Chord Songs:

  • God Is So Good!
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Amazing Grace
  • Deep and Wide

This instruction book was developed as part of the Mr. Noteman Summer Workshop materials as an optional module.

Free Ukulele e-book

By the way, here is a great beginner uke at a great price!

Name-A-Note Music Playing Card Game

My latest project, music note playing cards, is now available. I call it the Name-A-Note game.

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Name-A-Note is a fun music card game using all the music notes in bass and treble clef.

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The Name-A-Note card game, featuring Mr. Noteman the music note puppet, is a fun educational game for learning the names of music notes on the music staff. This set of cards contains all 52 notes encompassing the range of a standard piano, also including some overlapping notes on ledger lines between the treble and bass clef staff lines. There are a total of 79 cards.

Click on the picture below to read the rules of the game. A listing of all the note cards is also included.

Name-A-Note RulesName-A-Note Game Documentation


Mr. Noteman Finger Puppet


My wife and I dropped by the fabric store this evening and I was able to pick up some red and black craft foam, as well as some sticky-back eyes. A few snips after arriving back home, the new Mr. Noteman Finger Puppet was born. Don’t you wish you had one?

Make your own with this incredible, handy dandy pattern with directions!

Finger Puppet PatternFree Mr. Noteman Finger Puppet Pattern

Interview with Mr. Noteman

I had an interesting conversation with Mr. Noteman today. Click on the play button below to listen in for an introduction to Mr. Noteman and his family of notes.

Half note eye glasses

Uncle Curtis

Mr. Noteman

Mr. Noteman








Mr. Noteman Puppet Character Sketch

Hmm, so who exactly is this Mr. Noteman, anyhow?

Age: Young adult, early 20s.

Gender: Male

Personality Profile: High C/Melancholy (Intelligent, Curious, Thinker), I/Sanguine (People person, Flamboyant) – C/S/I pattern.

Voice: Medium pitch, faux English accent, sophisticated, yet kind.


  • Fast 3-Wheeled cars (his car is called the Triad)
  • Fast notes
  • Musical instruments that play fast (piccolo, trumpet, piano, banjo)
  • Concert orchestras
  • Bible stories about music (David playing for Saul, Paul and Silas, Jehoshaphat’s choir, etc.)
  • Singing
  • Teaching (makes him happy!)
  • All music instruments, including homemade ones!

Listens to: Patch the Pirate CD’s, Bible Songs for Kids

Favorite Foods: Tune-a Fish, Drumsticks, Hummmus, Hi-C

Favorite Composer: Bach, the church musician

Pet: Dot – sometimes follows him around, makes him go a bit slower; name: “Mm”


  • Things that move slow (“Don’t be pokey, keep things moving quickly!”)
  • Boring things (“Learning is ALWAYS interesting”)
  • Uncalled for silliness (“Music is serious business!”)

Wears: Red when casual, all black when dressing up for a concert.

Lives In: Staff House


  • Grandpa/Grandma Whole Note
  • Uncle/Aunt Half Note
  • Dad/Mom Quarter Note
  • Twin Brother Eighth Note (when they appear together in concert, they put their flags on each others shoulders)
  • Little Sister Sixteenth Note (she’s a bit annoying because she runs around faster than he does!).

Friends: Mrs. (G) Treble Clef, Mr. (F) Bass Clef, Sharp, Flat, Natural

Instruments: Plays the kazoo, harmonica and bugle (because he has no arms, hands or fingers)

Favorite Word: Vivace! (Italian tempo word meaning lively and fast)

Other Notes (pun intended):

  • When he goes to a concert, he always sits on a music stand
  • His flag makes him go fast
  • He loves kids
  • He sometimes gets annoyed with “Uncle Curtis” because he does silly things, like juggle, ride unicycles, balance things, tells bad elephant jokes.

Mr. Noteman Pillow Box

Here’s something new — a Mr. Noteman pillow box!Mr. Noteman Pillow Box

Perfect for containing small musical items like kazoos or manipulatives, and interesting to look at. It can be printed out on a letter size piece of card stock.

Check it out!

Mr Noteman Pillow Box

More Music Funny Money

I’ve had a lot of fun creating these cool motivational tools!

Here’s the eighth note music funny money coin:

Music Funny Money - Eighth Note Coin

And, here’s the sixteenth note coin.

Music Funny Money - Sixteenth Note Coin

You also really need to check out the Music Funny Money card stock wallet that can be printed out, cut out and glued together to make a personal funny money holder! It is the perfect size to contain the funny money bills and coins.

Mr Noteman Money Wallet

Mr Noteman Money Wallet

Music Funny Money

I’ve been working feverishly to prepare materials for the Music Is For Kids Workshop. To motivate good learning and to reward good behavior, I have developed our own Mr. Noteman currency.

Music play money is not a new concept for me. Years ago I created some simple music money for use in my elementary music education classes. The files for printing these older money bills and coins can be purchased on my Music Teacher’s Resource CD.

Here’s an example of the new whole note bill–it’s worth 4 beats.

Whole Note Bill

I also have half note and quarter note bills. I created some funny little half-width bills for the eighth note and sixteenth notes, but I think I’ll probably end up going with coins. What do you think?

Eighth Note Half-Width Bill

Funny music money, for sure! I think the kids will love them.