Key Signatures | Memory Helper Charts

This simple key signature chart gives you a quick and easy way to help students memorise key signatures. It covers both major and minor, in ALL keys.  With a simple cycle of 5ths, and two fun mnemonics, you can to help students remember the order of both sharps and flats in every key signature. Easy to remember and use in music theory tests!

Knowing key signatures is so vital for music students!
  • Key signatures are one of the foundations of music theory. They are integral to scales, intervals, chords, cadences, melody & harmony, modulations and analysis. Help your students become well rounded musicians – Make sure they master key signature recognition!
  • For those who like to teach by rote, you can easily teach students to quickly write these two key signature charts out by memory. An easy and reliable way to help them work out any key signature in a written theory exam.
  • This systematic key signature chart is especially helpful for written music theory exams, like ABRSM, RCM, AMEB, Trinity College, etc. Also great for school music theory tests.
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Need the ‘full story’ on Key Signatures? Teach students just THREE simple tricks, to identify ANY and ALL key signatures, on the spot, without a chart! Check out our interactive ‘Key Signatures Made Easy’ Tutorial slides

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