Learn How to Read Music!
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Learn How to Read Music!

This is a step by step, easy course, that will teach you how to read music in no time.
4.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
23 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Luiji Oliva
Last updated 11/2014
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Read notes on the page!
  • Count Rhythm patterns
  • Discover how beats are grouped
  • Apply what you learn on playing an instrument
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  • There is no experience necessary to take this course. This course includes video lessons and a workbook which will require a printer. This is so you can actively do exercises in a workbook.

Reading notes does not have to seem like reading another language. It can be easy. Upon completing this course you will be able to recognize what those dots and scribbles are on a piece of music. This course covers the basics of notes reading. This is not for advanced students and does not discuss scales and keys.

This course is presented in 9 short video lectures, totalling almost an hour. Each lecture builds on the previous lecture, creating a good foundation for recognizing and reading notes. The first 8 lectures will cover how to read notes on the page, and how to count notes. Lecture 9 is an overall review of what the student just learned in lectures 1-8. Additional lecture practice materials are also available for download. What's more is that there are short quizzes through out the course to test your knowledge.

Accompanying this course is the most important material of the, which is a downloadable PDF workbook. The workbook contains over 40 pages of information and exercises, including answers, that will help the student practice and apply what they learned throughout the course.

The workbook has a study guide that will help you find a suitable plan for completing the book in your own pace.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students who want to learn how to read music. It has been developed for anyone who has had no experience in music reading. It is also a very helpful course for people who want to get a better foundation of the basics of music reading. Great for anyone who has had music experience in the past and would like to polish up on their musical reading knowledge.
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Curriculum For This Course
10 Lectures
Reading Notes
8 Lectures 42:13

This section covers how notes are read on lines called the staff. It will show the names of notes and how to recognize notes based on signs and placement.

Preview 05:46

This quiz will test your knowledge of notes on the staff.

Notes on the Staff
5 questions

This lecture discusses note values and how to count notes and beats.

Preview 01:58

This quiz is to test your knowledge on counting and the beats of notes.

Note Values
4 questions

This lecture discusses how the staff is divided allowing music to be grouped into measures.

Preview 06:22

This Quiz will test your knowledge on the way a staff is divided.

The Staff
4 questions

This lecture adds a new note value, the eighth note, and shows how to count them in music.

The Eighth Note

Eighth Notes
3 questions

This lecture uses a different approach as a review of note values and their relationship to each other.

Review on note values.

This lecture introduces Rests, which are signs that indicate silence in music.


2 questions

This lecture teaches notes that exist outside of the staff.

Ledger Lines

This lecture discusses how notes can be altered by the presence of signs called sharps, flats, and natural.

Sharps and Flats

Sharps and Flats
3 questions
Music Reading Workbook
2 Lectures 10:36

This is an overall review of the entire course. It is presented in graphics format.

Overall Review and Course Summary

This workbook is in PDF format. The contents are the same as the lectures. It is filled with exercises that will help the student practice the knowledge that they have acquired through out the course.

48 pages
About the Instructor
Ryan Luiji Oliva
4.5 Average rating
3 Reviews
23 Students
1 Course
Music Teacher

I am a music teacher. Specifically, teaching private lessons in Piano, Violin, Guitar, Bass, and Saxophone, to name a few. I have been teaching for over 25 years and my students range from ages 3 to early 80s. I was classically trained through the Royal School of Music and Trinity School of Music. I enjoy teaching music theory and the concepts of reading music.

In addition I am also a composer and song writer. I have written scores for short student films and projects.