Rapidly Read Music Like a Pro
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Rapidly Read Music Like a Pro

Learn to read music in 10 easy-to-understand lectures, taking you from beginner to advanced.
4.2 (5 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,646 students enrolled
Created by James Strange
Last updated 4/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to read musical notation, for both Bass Clef and Treble Clef, and decipher pitch based on note placement.
  • How to understand Clefs.
  • How to understand Key signatures.
  • How to understand Time Signatures.
  • How to interpret stave directions such as dynamic changes, accents, tempo instructions, latin direction, etc.
  • How to read rhythms and syncopation from different note and rest values.
  • An understanding of major and minor scales, and how these scales are formed.
  • No, just an enthusiasm to learn a great new skill.

This course is designed to dramatically increase your musical horizons. It will take you from little to no knowledge of written music, to being able to read and interpret music.

It will thoroughly cover a variety of subjects:

  • Understanding clefs in music

  • Understanding major and minor scales

  • Identifying key signatures

  • Interpreting time signatures

  • Understanding note pitches within the stave, and the use of ledger lines

  • All note values and names

  • Rhythms

  • Accidentals (sharps and flats)

  • Dynamic markings

  • Syncopation

  • and so much more....!

The course will comprise of video lectures, easily broken down in to identifiable sections, and course material such as summary sheets, quizzes, transcripts, and audio examples.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner musicians or self-taught musicians looking to further their understanding of music.
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 01:15:25
+ Introduction
2 lectures 03:56

This is a brief overview of what to expect on the musical stave at the start of a piece of music. Each aspect will be explored in more depth in subsequent lectures.

Preview 02:20
+ Clefs, Notes, and Scales
3 lectures 19:23

In this Lecture, you will be introduced to the concept of the four clefs in music, and why different clefs are used for different instruments or at certain points in a piece of music.

With the knowledge of clefs, you will be able to identify the pitches of notes on the stave.


A series of questions to help you understand the stave and why we use clefs.

A Question of Clefs
7 questions

This lecture will cover the pitches of notes of the stave, and what each line and space represent. This, of course, will differ slightly depending on what clef the music is being read in, but we’ll cover each as we go along.

It will teach you useful mnemonics and memorable words to serve as anchors whilst you are learning, and the faster you get, the less you’ll rely on them.

Eventually, you’ll just be reading the music, as instinctively as you read words!

Notes of the Stave
Trust your Notes
7 questions

This lecture will provide you with a little background on major and minor scales before we progress on to key signatures. We’ll focus on diatonic scales for the purpose of this course, which are common scales that include tones and semitones.

This lecture includes some useful patterns which, once learned, will help you to play any major or minor scale.

Tip the Scales
7 questions
+ Key Signatures, Musical Notation, and Time Signatures
3 lectures 36:00

In this lecture we’ll be looking closely at key signatures, which are found directly after the clef, but before the time signature.

Key signatures use sharp signs and flat signs to direct the musician as to what notes in the piece of music are sharpened or flattened, and therefor what key the piece is in, or rather what scale the piece is centred around.

The lecture includes some useful "tricks" to help you to state the order of sharps and flats, and to easily identify the key of a piece of music from the key signature

Key Signatures and Accidentals
The Key to Success
7 questions

Musical sounds are expressed by signs called notes, which by their shape and position indicate the pitch and duration of the sounds.

This lecture will help you to understand how the position and shape of notes define their pitch and duration. We will learn all the note names, durations, and their respective rest values, and also show how they relate to each other. We will also look at how notes can be altered to increase their duration through the use of mechanisms such as ties and dots.

Preview 09:15
Note Values
7 questions

This lecture will consider the varieties of time signatures, and how they alter the content of a bar. We will dissect both simple and compound times, and how the time signature affects the grouping of notes.

We will also cover the relationship between duple, triple and quadruple time and how a beat is subdivided depending on the type of time signature.

By the end of this lecture you will be able to state the number of beats in a bar, and how each beat is subdivided, at a glance.

Time Signatures
A Matter of Time
8 questions
+ Rhythm, Tempo, and Dynamics
2 lectures 16:06

In previous lectures we’ve looked at note/rest values and time signatures. Now lets combine some of this knowledge to look at rhythm; the arrangement of music into sections, phrases, and musical sentences.

Following this lecture, you will be able to understand rhythmic progression, and how rhythm can carry the music forward. You will establish a strong understanding of irregular divisions of time, and learn to defy the time signature!

You will easily identify and understand syncopated rhythms, and be able to sight read such phrases with concise practice.

Rhythm and Divisions of Time
Feel the Rhythm
6 questions

In this final lecture we’re going to look at stylistic elements within the music which direct the performer, giving them an idea of how the music should be expressed.

We’ll first look at common dynamics, or rather indication of volume or velocity, and how these would appear on the stave. We'll then consider how tempos are expressed on the stave, and the variations of metronome marks and Latin words.

We'll also examine the use of musical directions such as repeated phrases, and the various way these are communicated through the stave.

Dynamics, Tempo, and Other Musical Directions
The Right Direction
7 questions