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Recorded MS
Art and Music
How to Read Music, Part One: Mastering Rhythm (MUS-1)

Do you want to learn how to read music? In this fun, interactive course, you’ll learn how to read the rhythm and beat on the musical page. You’ll also master the vocabulary of musical terms and be able to sing and tap out simple to complex beats. Whether you’re brand new to music or in your first year of “outside” music lessons in voice or with an instrument, this course helps you to master reading music.

Total classes: 10

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Music/fine arts


This is a practical how-to course for beginners — where you can learn to read musical rhythms and gain a solid understanding of the foundations of music’s beats, volume, and more! Whether you’ve had absolutely no musical training at all — or you’re just starting out taking lessons and want to gain more understanding and practice as it relates to reading music — this course is for you! Sign up for Part 2, How to Read Music, Part 2: Melody and Harmony, to complete a full year of music.

Professor Brown, also known for her books, writing courses, and curriculum writing, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education and was a professional musician and music instructor for over 25 years.

Special Notes: This is Part One of a twp-part course. Both middle and high school students are welcome. Students are expected to complete Part Two, to get a full year of music credit and fully understand how to read music — both rhythm and melody.


Class 1: Rhythm; “The Beat” and Time Signatures; Bar Lines and Measures; Notes and Rests; Tempos; Single and Layered Rhythms
Class 2: Introducing “Duple”: Whole, Half, and Quarter Notes; Volume & How Music Marks Soft, Loud, and Everything Between; Crescendos and Decrescendos
Class 3: Introducing Whole, Half, and Quarter Note Rests; Introducing “the tie”; Introducing the dotted half note
Class 4: Reading Music with Whole, Half, and Quarter Notes; Rhythm Ensembles (Rhythm Ensembles will continue through the rest of the weeks of the course); Introducing Conducting (2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 Patterns)
Class 5: Introducing Eighth Notes and Rests; Introducing Common Time and Cut Time
Class 6: Reading Music with Eighth Notes and Rests; Introducing the dotted quarter note; Introducing the “Fermata”
Class 7: Introducing “Triple”: Reading 6/8, 9/8, and triplets
Class 8: Reading Music with Triple and Duple Combinations
Class 9: Introducing Sixteenth Notes
Class 10: Introducing 32nd notes and Accents; Reading Music (with all note values from the course)

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: All materials are provided FREE by the instructor, and additional resources will be provided for students and families. Please make sure your student has a working microphone!

Homework: Students can expect one to three hours of homework a week with activities on music vocabulary, reading rhythms, practicing for in-class rhythm activities, and completing quizzes that are automatically graded by the computer with immediate feedback

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