Never Nag About Rests Again…Rest Savers to the Rescue!

Teaching rests is easy. Sure, students might confuse minim and semibreve (half and whole) rests, but that’s not difficult to fix.

Never Nag About Rests Again – Rest Savers to the Rescue!

Use these awesome cards to help you teach rests to piano students

What can be difficult is to actually get them to follow through on the rests. When teaching rests, we often need an extra step so they’re not completely ignored by beginning pianists.

That’s where these awesome cards come in. Each one has a different fun action students can do to “save” the rests.

I’m not exaggerating to say my students absolutely love the Rest Saver cards. In fact, on one of my student’s wish list for the new year was: “More lesson activities like Rest Savers”.


I never thought I’d have beginning piano students that enjoyed rests this much!

Rest saving cards for teaching rests

How to Use the Rest Saver Cards

  • Put all the cards in a hat or bag.
  • Ask your student to pick out one card.
  • They should then play their piece using this action wherever there is a rest.
  • You can also choose a particular type of rest, or even a note value to trigger the action.
  • Up the challenge by using a metronome or drumbeat.

Actions to take during rests

Game Assembly

To assemble this game:

  • Print out the action cards (page 3).
  • Print the optional backing if desired (page 4).
  • Cut the cards apart along the dotted lines.
  • Laminate if desired.

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Beginner Rests Flipped Learning Video

In these videos, I teach students about the first three rest values (USA and UK term versions below). Feel free to send these videos to parents for their kids to watch, use it in group lessons or as part of lab time.

USA Version

International Version

These videos are designed to be clear and concise so that students can watch them – and then get on with some writing work for reinforcement. Saving you time to do fun activities during the lesson time.

These videos correlate directly to Thinking Theory Prep Book page 15. View the full Thinking Theory series here and see what makes these workbooks so special.

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