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Three Fun Ways to Learn to Read Music

The Suzuki Method is famous for teaching children to play by ear, but what happens when it's time to read music? In my studio, I begin teaching proper note names from almost the very beginning. I start by teaching finger numbers (a.k.a. by rote), then swap over to the musical alphabet at the A Major Scale. After the student has their fingers around the musical alphabet (usually by the Minuets in Book 1 or in Book 2, depending on the student's age and lesson duration), I introduce note-reading. Note-reading is a tricky skill that needs to be practiced every day. So, it's important to keep it fresh and fun. Here are some of my favorite note-reading games and exercises: 1. Flashcards There are