In the comment section of previous post, a reader asked for suggestions with helping a young student connect notes on the staff with their names and their corresponding piano key. I gave a response in the comment section, but thought I would share some of those thoughts with you all as a separate blog post!
Sometimes, beginners (or even transfer students) seem to be missing a piece of the puzzle for understanding note-reading on the staff. Below is a description of how I would systematically try to figure out what is missing with a student who is struggling with note-reading!
I would first make sure the student can say the musical alphabet verbally forwards and backwards. This seems basic, but believe it or not, sometimes beginners miss this step, and then note reading makes little sense to them!
The next step is making sure the student knows the names of all the piano keys. My favorite thing to do is to ask them to find 3 C’s on the piano, and then 3 D’s (etc.). I also like using The Amazing Keyboard Race game. Continue reading “Missing Steps to Learning to Read Music”