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Basic Sight Reading: The Very Basics of Music Reading

by Liza W. | Music

6 Lessons 21:48
  1. 1. Weekly Learning Plan Trailer 0:34
  2. 2. The Grand Staff and Basic Symbols 3:09
  3. 3. Note Heads / Values 4:41
  4. 4. Time Signatures / Rhythm 9:18
  5. 5. Note Identification on Staff 2:08
  6. 6. Steps/Skips; Intervallic Reading 1:58



NGSS Standards

About the course

Read music like a pro by learning the basics of music notation! Investigate where music notes are held on the Grand Staff, including the Treble and Bass Clefs.

Do you know how to read sheet music? Improve your skills with Basic Sight Reading.


The Grand Staff and Clefs

Course overview


Weekly Learning Plan Trailer


The Grand Staff and Basic Symbols

Students will learn how to interpret the Grand Staff by identifying symbols and what they mean.


Note Heads / Values

Students will learn what basic note values and pitches look like by ID and differentiation.


Time Signatures / Rhythm

Students will learn how to read time signatures and rhythms.


Note Identification on Staff

Students will learn how to differentiate between notes on staff by identifying which line/space of which clef the notes are on.


Steps/Skips; Intervallic Reading

Students will learn to read steps vs skips by identifying which they are on the staff.

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  • Grand Staff
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Read Music
  • Treble Clef

Recommended Materials

  • Paper (lined, unlined, or staff)
  • Writing Utensil (pen, pencil, or thin marker ideal)


Liza Wu is a classical pianist and organist in Manhattan, performing regularly with NYC musicians, as well as internationally. She has been a long-time affiliate of many music organizations including the R. Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Barnard College of Columbia University, NYU, the School for Strings, Avenues: The World School (NYC), Interlochen Arts Camps, studios of world-renowned vocalists Josephine Mongiardo, Harolyn Blackwell, and Catherine Malfitano, and most recently Gooroo.

(Past affiliations: Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Professional Perf Arts School, Westchester Cons, New York Youth Symph Singers, Columbia Artists' Theatricals, Bronx Opera, Chelsea Opera & Orch, Concerts in Motion, 'Smash' (NBC).

(Cleve Inst of Mus, MM; Oberlin Cons, BM; Interlochen Art

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