Introduction to Music Symbols (Grade 1, Level 1)

How To Learn Music As A Foreign Language?
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learn and understand the essential elements of my approach to practice.
readily recognize and identify the different music symbols as the basic foundation in learning music as a foreign language.
learn and understand the five most common types of music notes and rests with their corresponding values.
read and remember the notes on both the treble and bass musical staves.
learn and understand the main function of the grand staff and the leger lines.
learn and understand the basic use and the different types of bar lines and repeat signs.
learn more about how to count the eighth notes and how to group them together
learn and practice the three simple time signatures most commonly used in music.
learn and understand dotted notes, lead-in notes, staccato, legato and ties.
learn and understand the basic components and properties that make musical notes sound pleasing to the ear including dynamics of touch, volume and tempo.


  • This course does not require students to have prior knowledge about music or music theory; however, an open and a teachable mind is paramount in order to maximize learning.
  • It would certainly help if the student has ready access to a keyboard instrument, digital piano, or guitar in order to test some of the exercises in this course.


Introduction to Music Symbols (Grade 1, Level 1) covers the most common symbols and signs used in learning music as a foreign language. The course runs for 1 hour presented as recorded PowerPoint slides covering 10 Sections.

Section 1 answers three very common questions, namely: 1) Why Is Music A Foreign Language?; 2) What Is The Right Approach To Practice?; and 3) How To Maximize Your Learning?

From Section 2 to Section 10, you will be learning the different musical symbols and signs, starting from the musical alphabet, to the musical staff, to the two kinds of clef, the grand staff and leger lines, the names of musical notes and musical rests, simple time signatures, understanding bars and bar lines, lead-in notes, first and second endings, dotted notes, ties, and slurs, and finally, the different dynamic markings and changes in touch, volume and tempo. A few short quizzes and exercises are given to enhance your learning and for actual illustration and demonstration of the lectures covered in the course.

At the end of the course, you shall be able to identify, recognize and understand the different basic musical symbols and signs in the Grade 1 Level but enough for you to start learning how to read music as a foreign language like a real good musician.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge about music theory. By taking this course, their level as complete beginners shall be elevated to intermediate or even advanced.
  • This course might not be suitable to music students who are already knowledgeable about music theory unless they want to refresh their memory on these lessons.


Music Teacher, Business Coach, Life Coach, Author
Ben Noynay
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
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I started as a choir trainer while I was still in college about 40 years ago. Over the years, I organized, trained, conducted and directed more than 50 choral groups.  My career was further enhanced when I started teaching at the University of the Philippines in 1982. As a professor I taught subjects like Spanish, Philosophy and English, but my main passion has always been teaching music.

In 1991, my family migrated to Australia where I continued to train and conduct various vocal groups.

At present, I run my own music studio in Melbourne, Australia where I teach private lessons on piano, guitar, bass, drums, singing and music theory. I also offer special lessons on songwriting, music production, vocal arrangement, choir training and conducting, and music career coaching.


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