Resource Number 1: Play the “Name the Note” game
If you are new to reading music, and feel you need more practise identifying the letter names of notes, then you will find this game on the Music Teachers website particularly useful and maybe even fun! To play the game click <here>.
It is produced by ‘Music Teachers’ and the programme is aptly called ‘Name that Note’. There are instructions on how to play this game on their website.
When you are ready to practise, then click on ‘play‘. You will have the option to select from:
- Alto; or
If you are an absolute beginner you may be well advised to click on ‘treble’ to begin with. The next screen will give you the option to choose from various levels, and you should select the level appropriate to your skills. The next screen will then show you a music stave (five lines) with the treble clef on the stave. It will show a note on the stave that you will need to identify. The letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, ‘e’, ”f’, and ‘g’, are shown at the bottom of the screen, and you should treat this like a multiple choice test.
If you think the letter name of the note on the screen is an ‘e’, then you should select the letter e from the bottom of the screen. Having done this, you will then be given another note, and will repeat the process. At the end of the quiz, you will be given your score that show you not just the number of correct answers, but also the time it took you to complete the test.
Resource Number 2: Piano Pedagogy
You will also find more games for music theory on the Pedaplus website by clicking <here>. Jon Ensminger runs the Pedaplus website. He has a wide selection of music resources and links available to download.
- FlashNotes is a basic note-naming game.
- FlashNotes Keyboard is a virtual keyboard
- Flash Key Signatures is a key signature identification
- Flash Scale Degrees identify the major key signature and note
- Flash Intervals presents intervals
- Keyboard Draw
A selection of these resources include the following worksheets to learn music theory. Ensiminger is based in the US Michigan where he teaches the piano from his studio and teaches at the University.
Resource Number 3: Music Theory Worksheets
Resource Number 4: Theory worksheets to print