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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:

  • Treble;
  • Bass;
  • Alto; or
  • Tenor.

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.

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

If you are interested in learning to read music and improve your music theory you will definitely need to check out Debendetti’s worksheets on the following subjects at  G Major Music Theory by clicking <here>.
Gilbert Debenedetti teaches piano privately as well as teaching music theory at school. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition she also has two Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University, one in Composition and one in Music Education, and a Master’s degree in Psychology. Debendetti hosts a comprehensive website full of free music resources, theory worksheets and piano sheet music at her website G Major Music Theory (see above).
Resource Number 4:  Theory worksheets to print

Watch this video lesson from Making Music Fun to learn to read the names of the notes on the treble/g clef.
The website ‘Making Music Fun’ also provides a range of worksheets you can download.   To see these worksheets click <here>.  These worksheets include the Color That Note! Note Name Worksheets, that you can see by clicking <here>.  Color over each of the first 5 whole notes with a different color for each note and then complete the rest of the worksheet by naming each note correctly and coloring each note the same color as it was colored at the top of the worksheet. Grab your crayons and color your way to success!  If you like crosswords, you can download a crossword for the Bass clef from Making Music Fun by clicking <here>.

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