Music for Beginners

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Music is loved by everyone. Do you know how to read music? I do. Let’s look at some music basics for homeschoolers. Here is a great site that you can click on called Wiki How to Read Music. It explains the basics of music. It talks about –

  • Staff
  • Treble Clef
  • Bass Clef
  • Notes
  • Measure & Time
  • Rhythm: quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note
  • Rest: whole rest, half rest, 1/4 rest
  • C Scale: 8 notes, flats, sharps
  • Expression: Forte or loud, piano or soft
  • Key Signatures

Music has its own language. Instruct your child to write each of the music terms on a 1/2 sheet of paper or 5 X 7 card. On side 1 write the music term. On side 2 write the example of the music term. Your child will be creating music flash cards to study. With repetition, your child will easily learn how to read music. For example:

Side 1 – STAFF: five lines and four spaces

Side 2 – Image result for music staff clipart free

Parents/Teachers/Homeschoolers: Sketch/color an illustration. Theme: music. Listen to the audiobook story called “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” in Learning to Read: Fairy Tale Adventures. What instrument did the Pied Piper play? Describe how the music affected the children. Write about what you already know about music and want to learn. Put these words in alphabetical order: staff, music, treble, cleft, piper, dance, sing, bass. Define five musical terms. Draw a staff and put notes on it. Talk about one of your favorite songs. (Skills: identify, comprehend, apply, application, appreciation, listening skills, creativity)


About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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