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Grade 6-12

Basic Sight Reading: The Fundamentals

by Liza W. | Music

5 Lessons 33:03
  1. 1. Identifying the Basics 7:14
  2. 2. Time Signatures 4:59
  3. 3. Key Signatures and Fingering Patterns 13:16
  4. 4. Motion 2:58
  5. 5. Intervals/Direction 4:36

Grade 6-12


NGSS Standards

About the course

Sight reading is one of the most important skills a musician can develop. Assess what to glean in sheet music, read time signatures, identify key signatures, and evaluate intervals.

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


Basics of Sight Reading

Course overview


Identifying the Basics

Students will learn to recognize what to play by finding the melody, bass,and accompanimental texture.


Time Signatures

Students will learn the basic time signatures and how to hear/ID them.


Key Signatures and Fingering Patterns

Students will learn the first few key signatures and fingering patterns.



Students will learn and identify which direction the sounds are going.



Students will learn the distance between notes and ID Intervals.

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  • Key Signatures
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Reading Music
  • Time Signature

Recommended Materials

  • Keyboard
  • Keyboard Printout for Fingerings


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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