When it comes to completing written music theory, my favourite option is to use worksheets on an iPad. Students love it, plus it saves on paper, ink and money! If that sounds good to you, then read on for simple instructions on how to turn any PDF into a worksheet that can be filled out on an iPad or tablet.
Download a PDF Annotation App
The first step is to download an app that can be used to write on a PDF. There are lots to choose from, which means it’s pretty easy to find one that will work well in your studio. Here are a few options to check out:
I find that PaperPort Notes does everything I need, plus it’s easy to use and completely free!
Find a Theory Worksheet
- Free Resource Library (includes lots of extra resources too!)
- Susan Paradis
- Melody Payne
- Color In My Piano
- Piano With Lauren
…or click on the image below to download three worksheets for free! These are great for new beginners who are learning their way around the keyboard, and have been designed especially for use on an iPad or tablet.
Download the Worksheet onto Your Device
There are a few different options for getting the worksheets onto your iPad or tablet:
- Download the worksheet directly from a website (using Safari or Chrome)
- Use Dropbox to access worksheets saved on your computer (if you need a Dropbox account sign up here for free and get 500 MB of bonus space!)
- Or just email yourself a copy of the PDF and open it on your iPad or tablet
Now you just need to open the PDF in your annotation app.
Fill Out the Worksheet
Depending on the app that you’re using, students will be able to write on the page (using their finger or a stylus), highlight sections, or type (which tends to be more time consuming).
After your student completes the worksheet, use the eraser tool to clear it ready for next time.