Fill the Measure manipulative cards were created to help the beginning music student understand how to count and play different musical rhythms. The PDF files will provide masters for you to use to make copies of the cards.

PDF Files

Card 1 Quarter notes, quarter rests, dotted quarter notes

Card 2 Half notes, eighth rests, quarter note

Card 3 Eighth rests, eighth notes, dotted quarter note, whole note in 4/4 time

Card 4 Dotted half note, half note, eighth notes, half rest

Card 5 Whole notes in 2/4 time, 3/4/ time, 6/8 time and quarter rests

Card 6 Measure 4/4 time

Card 7 Measure 2/4 time

Card 8 Measure 6/8 time

Card 9 Measure 3/4 time

Take the masters to the office supply and have them run on cardstock.
You will need a minimum of:

Card 1 , 4 copies on white
Card 2 , 3 copies on white
Card 3 , 3 copies on white
Card 4 , 2 copies on white
Card 5 , 2 copies on white
Card 6 , 1 copy on colored cardstock
Card 7 , 1 copy on colored cardstock
Card 8 , 1 copy on colored cardstock
Card 9 , 1 copy on colored cardstock


The cards are proportioned so that the proper amount of notes and rests will loosely fill the measure.
Example: four quarter notes will fill the space, but three quarter notes and a half note would extend beyond the box. Four quarter notes and one eighth note would not be sufficient to fill the space inside the box.

1. The teacher plays or sings a rhythm pattern and the student chooses note and rest values
that correspond to "fill the measure".

2. The student fills the measure with notes and rests, then counts and claps the rhythm.
Several measures can be shown by filling the measure and transferring the group of cards from the measure to the table. Leave space between the measures on the table.

3. The student or the teacher reproduces the melody line of a song which the student is going to learn. The teacher sings the melody and points to the notes as the student counts and claps the rhythm.

Fill the Measure

Non-profit reproduction of the cards is permitted.
Fill the Measure Copyright©; 1996 by Pat Stevens

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