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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.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.