How to Read Music - for Singers

4 hours

Choir members reading music

Music notation is much more visual than most people realise. Discover how singers can learn to read and interpret music, by learning the basic principles of music notation. We will cover pitch, rhythm, melody, expression, and a little basic theory about keys and scales. Begin your music reading journey now! No musical knowledge is necessary.

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Course Content

Topics we will cover

  • How our notes work
  • How notes are written on the page
  • How clefs show you the starting note
  • Staffs, clefs and ledger lines
  • Reading by landmarks and intervals
  • The black notes: sharps and flats and accidentals
  • The major scale, keys and key signatures
  • Scale degree numbers and solfege
  • Minors and other scales
  • Tempo and time signatures
  • Lengths of notes and rests
  • Time signatures
  • Reading difficult rhythms
  • Using a metronome
  • Musical texture
  • Musical navigation
  • Notating expression
  • Annotating your score


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“Thanks so much Susan. I've learned so much over the past 4 sessions”

About Susan Deas

Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching piano and music theory for over twenty years, and is accredited in both Piano and Musicianship. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan also lectures in music theory and music appreciation for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. She performs professionally as a pianist and organist, as well as giving professional development workshops and lessons to private music teachers. Susan is on the Council of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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