Staff, stave, treble clef, notes on the stave, bass clef,
notes on the
scale of C, treble clef and bass clef, measure,
bar line, beats,
signature, quarter notes, rests.
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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.
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.