Face Flashback – Middle C Note Names Game for Beginning Piano

These cards cover note names on the grand staff from treble G to bass F, with matching letter cards for each one. Many young beginner piano methods start with just these middle C note names. Making this game particularly great for preschool beginners.

Face flashback music theory game

Face flashback middle C note names game

There are lots of games you can play with these fun emoticon themed cards to reinforce middle C note names on the grand staff. Here’s a few to get you started. 🙂

Memory – 1/2 players

  • Place all cards face down on a table.
  • Turn over 2 cards at a time, trying to match pairs.
  • If you get a pair remove them from the table.
  • Continue until all cards are paired off.

Snap- 2 players

  • Divide the cards between the players and place in two piles in the middle of the table.
  • Each player turns over 1 card from the top of their pile into the centre.
  • If the two cards are the same, the first player to place their hand on top of them and say “SNAP!” adds all the cards in the centre to their pile.
  • The winner is the one to collect all the cards, or the player with the most cards at the end of an allotted time.

Go Fish – 2 players

  • Deal out 4 cards each player, place the rest in a pile in the centre.
  • If a player has any matching pairs they should place them to the side and draw more to replace them.
  • When there are no more initial matches to be found, players one at a time ask for a card they need.
  • If the other player has that card they should hand it over.
  • If they don’t they say, “Go Fish”, and the other player draws a card from the deck.
  • Play continues until all cards in one player’s hand are paired.


  • Download the face flashback pdf.
  • Print out the cards (pages 3-8), on card if possible.
  • Cut the cards apart.
  • Laminate for durability.
  • Optionally, print the first two pages, the cover page and instructions for gameplay. I use the title page to cover the folder I keep the game in, keeps things organised and easy to find!

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Do you have any other games you might play with these cards? I’d love to hear about them!

Do you need even more fun and accessible music theory?

Take a look at the Thinking Theory workbooks, they might just be the right fit for your studio. You can see all of the insides or the books so there’s no surprises.

Check out Thinking Theory here or get in touch with me if you have any questions about them.

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