Have some fun with reading music! You can even practice, and write some notes down on paper, too! Make up your own staff, 5 lines and 4 spaces, with your Treble Clef on the left. Don’t worry if it’s not “perfect” just try and have a good time!
Let’s start with Music Theory by going to musictheory.net
This website offers:
Tools: Go to the Tools tab for a Pop up piano, start playing or writing something!
Lessons: Go to the Lessons tab for "The Basics”, learn about the music Staff, Clefs, Notes, Measures, Rests, Time Signatures, Dots and Ties, etc.
Exercises: Go to the Exercises Tab for some “hands on” practice with Notes under “Note Identification” and “Note Construction”, FUN!
Note Identification: Remember the Music Alphabet: A B C D E F G.
Click on the keyboard to identify the notes correctly and if it’s right, it will light up Green. Also, see information about “sharps” and “flats” and “naturals” below.
Note Construction: They give you a note name and you have to move the note up or down with the arrow to find the correct line or space position for that note. Also, if the note is A# “A sharp” or B flat for example, you need to correct the label to show sharp, flat or “natural"--that is, just a normal “A” or “B” note, not sharp or flat. The “sharp” symbol looks like a hash tag #, the “flat” symbol looks like an unusual “b”. The Natural symbol looks like two “L’s” put together, one L right side up, the other L upside down, a “natural” cancels the sharp or flat to make the note just a “normal” A,B,C etc.
A “sharp” note sound is 1/2 a step in pitch higher than the named note, a “flat” note is 1/2 a step in pitch lower than the named note.
Play the notes on the piano tool and you can hear them, click on the “play” key.
The “C” key is labeled and the rest of the keys go in alphabetical order CDEFGABC etc.
The white keys are ABCDEFG and the sharps and flats are the black keys.
For example, A# (A sharp) would be the black key to right of the A note, higher in pitch. B flat would be the black key to the left of the B, lower in pitch.
Back to “Note Construction”, if you move the given note to its proper line or space, and label it correctly, click on the “submit answer” key and it will light up Green and play the note. If it’s incorrect, it will light up red. Some students have had the sharp and flat lesson at school, others like 3rd graders, may not have had this yet, but you can still try the exercise. It might be easier than you think. Just try it and see how it goes!