Not Quite Anchor Charts

So, I absolutely LOVE the anchor charts I’ve been seeing on blogs and on Pinterest.  Apparently, anchor charts are supposed to be minimalistic so as not to confuse the children with extra information and art.  Oops!  I guess I can’t call these anchor charts but I’m pretty proud of my work.

music anchor charts

music anchor charts

They are small because it only costs $1 each to print them at Office Max.  Plus, I wouldn’t have room for 11 enormous posters.

Form anchor chart


staff anchor chart

rhythm anchor chart

dyanamics anchor chart

pitch anchor chart

articulation anchor chart

tempo anchor chart

mood anchor chart

careers in music anchor charts

Texture anchor chart



Hey Guys!

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Variations of these posters are now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store

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54 thoughts on “Not Quite Anchor Charts

  1. Are you offering these as a PDF or are you selling them? If you are selling them, where would I find them online? Teacher’s Pay Teachers?

    Debbie Parks Music Teacher Ocean Breeze Elementary

    P.S. I love these!!!

    • I agree! I love the colors and font… very creative and cute! Are you Teacher’s Pay Teachers?

      Carrie Horsky Music Teacher Lancaster City Schools

    • Hi Sherri! I am glad you’ve found Cara’s website! Isn’t she amazing? I just love her graphics and fabulous plans! She is SO organized! – Kay

  2. I’ve been following you throughout the year and while I’ve ‘borrowed’ many ideas from you, these charts are my favorites of all you’ve shared. Please put these on Teachers Pay Teachers or offer them in a way that appeals to you. I would gladly pay for them because they are so well done!

  3. These are awesome and like all the others, I would love a pdf of them. I am making a symbaloo webmix, would you like to share?
    Thanks for your talent and inspiration!

  4. These are exactly what I’ve been looking for all day! You are awesome!!! Thank you for sharing for FREE- this is amazing 🙂

  5. Cara, these posters are bee-uu-tee- ful! I wish you lived in my home town of Jacksonville so you could teach me how to do this! When I tried to download them from the link you provided, there was a problem. Is there any way you could email them to me? My email is

    Thank you so much for your generosity.

  6. Hi Cara from Canberra Australia
    I love these charts and seem to be unable to open them Please can you email them to me.

  7. I LOVE THESE!!!!!
    I am with everyone else that cannot open them but would love to use them. I am moving to a new school next year and it needs some life! These would be perfect!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. These are really nice. I can’t get them in the dropbox. Can you email them to me. I’m a first year teacher and I am not computer savy enough to make anything that looks this good! Thanks!

  9. Hi Cara I think these posters are fantastic and just what I need to brighten my music classroom. I went to the Dropbox but unfortunately I couldn’t find the posters there. please tell me where I can download them. Thanks

  10. Could you please send them to ? I truly love these and would like to use them Thank you for making them!

  11. I would love it if you could e-mail them to me inpdf too! The are so perfect for my music classroom! Great work!!!

    • Mrs. Muratore,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you like them.

      I have things like this printed at Office Max. It’s only a couple dollars each to get them in 11 x 14.

  12. Thank you so very much! These are perfect for my classroom. Would you please email them to me? Thank you. :))

  13. I am a retired music teacher and now teach piano. These are amazing. What a wonderful, artistic talent you have! I can certainly use these in my studio. I can get them with the camera tool. i would certainly buy them. you need to put your ideas on “Teachers Pay Teachers”. Two things: you put “your” for “you” and “repeats” for “repeat” in the one about FORM. Thanks a million for sharing these!

  14. Cara,

    These are beautiful posters. I would really like to use these in my classroom, it desperately needs some color and fun and your posters are definitely that. However, like everyone else, I am having trouble printing them. I clicked on your download but then I can’t print them like I’d like. Could you email me the posters? I’d appreciate your assistance. Thx. BTW…are they 8X11 or 11X 14 size?

  15. Hello,
    Are the posters still free to print? If so, I couldn’t find the link to save or print.
    Thanks for making them they are great!

  16. Reblogged this on Earl Leonard – Music for Kids and commented:
    I love being a specialist teacher. It feels great being able to focus on being an `expert’ at one thing* and teaching that, rather than trying to think about all the different domains. I mean, sure my music lessons are filled with maths, English, history and science knowledge and skills, because those things are inseparable from music, but basically I teach Music.

    The one drawback is that, as THE `performing arts’ teacher at two small Primary Schools I don’t explicitly have teammates to work with when planning lessons or finding and creating resources. Thankfully, one of my principals is an ex-Music teacher, and she’s been wonderful to talk with about my teaching practice. Plus, as an occasional subcontracted Teaching Artists for the Song Room, I do have access to some other great music teachers and their ideas.

    And today I remembered about this wonderful thing called `the internet’ where heaps of other music teaching specialists sometimes hang out and post cool stuff. Including, in the past!

    Here are a bunch of inspiring charts that this awesome teacher, Cara, made a while back. You should totally get on her `Teachers pay Teachers’ page and buy them.

    * or in my case now, two things, since I’m also teaching drama as a distinct subject at one school this year. Although, I’ve always incorporated other performing arts skills (drama/dance) in my music lessons anyway.

  17. I was wondering if your anchor charts are still available to download or how to find them. They would really help in my classrooms.
    Thanks, Shelly H

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