Minute a Day Music Theory for Beginners Stage 1 Lesson 1
 

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Stage 1
Lesson 1    Lesson 2    Lesson 3    Lesson 4    Lesson 5    Lesson 6    Lesson 7    Lesson 8    Lesson 9    Lesson 10    Lesson 11    Lesson 12
Stage 2    Stage 3    Stage 4    Stage 5    Stage 6    Stage 7   
Index of music topics   Key signatures

Stage 1 includes:
Staff, stave, treble clef, notes on the stave, bass clef, notes on the stave,
scale of C, treble clef and bass clef, measure, bar line, beats,
4/4 time signature, quarter notes, rests.


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Lesson 1
Learning to read written music is like learning to read a written language.
The sounds of words are written with letters.
The sounds of music are written in notes.

Notes have been used to write down the sounds of music since ancient times.
Two different systems of letters were used to write down the instrumental and the vocal music of ancient Greece.
Boethius (A.D. 470 A.D. 525), a Roman philosopher, applied the first 15 letters of the alphabet to the notes in use at the end of the Roman period.

Here is what a single note sounds like:  This is the note A played on a piano.
Click the play arrow button to hear it. You may have to click twice.

 

Here is the note A written in modern notation

A

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