Here is a video tutorial to help with reading music notation.
Fingering charts are a great tool to help your child identify the notes on the staff. These charts include most notes that your children will encounter throughout their time at Springhurst, although 5th Graders will definitely be playing some more advanced notes that do not appear here.
Students that have difficulty keeping up with the pace of the orchestra can write in the note names or finger numbers for songs when needed. However, students will eventually need to learn to read the notes while playing without having them written in; written in notes and fingers should be considered training wheels that eventually get removed.
Here are some important practice tips related to reading music:
- Practice each small section of a song slowly while working to identify the notes.
- Students should be aware of patterns and direction while reading music. For example, when notes get higher on the staff, the letters go forward in the alphabet; when notes get lower, they go backwards in the alphabet. The same goes for finger numbers, although students must also be aware of when to switch strings.
- Try looking at different parts of the song to identify notes that have already been played before looking back in the fingering chart.