I am a natural doodler, which means I tend to draw as I talk. Our Visual Arts teacher gives me large sketch pads and in the course of a 15 minute lecture, I completely fill a page with drawings and arrows and notes. Afterwards, the students are furiously grabbing their cellphones to take photos.
This theory crib sheet was created as a support material for grades 9 and 10 music students. This is especially helpful for music students who have no previous experience with keyboards and yet need to focus on this topic / format for their work with music theory. I drew this diagram after our lesson on whole tones and semitones. I wanted the students to see the purpose of learning how to identify semitones. What's the point? The students became interested when they learned that whole tones and semitones are used to create scales; they became really interested when they learned how chord grow out of scales, and then join to form songs... and then their cellphone cameras started clicking away. That's when I decided to make and share a copy for others.
It can be printed to be proportional to the Barbara Wharram Elementary Rudiments of Theory workbook. Some students print the page as is and glue it to the inside front cover of their workbook. Others will print to A4 / Letter, will fold it in half, and will glue one side to the inside of their theory workbooks. Others keep this file loaded on their laptops and have it running full-screen while they are working.
Many English Language Learners (ELL) may be gifted musicians with a solid understanding of theory, but only in their home language. This crib sheet is also helpful in supporting English music vocabulary acquisition.