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Reading Music

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Course Summary

Crotchets, quavers, staves, clefs - confused? You needn't be - this one-day workshop will lead you through all the basics of writing music down on paper, and turning written signs back into sounds. Learn to read notes as easily as you can read this.

Course Details

Content of Course


Notes I: lines and spaces, clefs, intervals.

Notes II: accidentals, key signatures: scales, chords, harmony.


Rhythm I – semibreves, minims, crotchets, quavers.

Rhythm II - bars, time signatures, counterpoint, dynamics. Tempo/expression marks.

Teaching method(s)

Workshop/discussion with audio-visual material. Discussion and written work.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • write simple melodies in musical notation
  • read musical pitches and durations


Class Handouts

Handouts will be given on the day.

Student support

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