Learn to Read Music: Beginners Course

View Classes

Learn to read music notes and sheets with our music and singing courses in Sydney.

Western music notation is a language that has been developing for thousands of years. It has been described as one of humankind's most creative achievements. We have designed this class to assist you in learning how to read and interpret the complex symbols and how they convey the composer's intentions. This music reading course is a course in Music Theory and Terminology.

Course fee includes two workbooks, Master Your Theory Grade 1, Dulcie Holland, and Essential Music Theory Grade 1, Gordon Spearitt.

Learning outcomes

It is intended that by the end of this course you should be able to:

  • read music notes/sheets
  • interpret complex music symbols.

Ideal for

Anyone who wants to read music! No prior knowledge needed. Great for those just starting in music, or experienced musicians who want a refresher on the basics.

Course content

Session 1: How to write music

  • Note names and values (quavers, crotchet, minims, semibreves and rests)
  • Drawing notes with stems
  • Time signature (counting and rhythm in bars of 4/4 time)
  • Barlines, double bar line and double bar repeat
  • How to make up your rhythm
  • The grand staff
  • Treble clef and bass clef
  • treble clef and bass clef note names for lines and spaces
  • What an octave is (8ve).

Session 2: How to read music

  • Recap last lesson of reading music
  • Dynamic abbreviations (p, mp, mf, f,<,>)
  • Music terminology (e.g. crescendo, decrescendo)
  • Legato and staccato notes
  • Note names on a keyboard
  • Semitones and tones
  • Practice reading and writing notes on the staff (lines and spaces).

Session 3: Key signatures

  • The C major scale
  • Key signatures using sharps (G major)
  • Key signatures using flats (F major)
  • Relative major and minor scales (working out the relatives = major to minor, down three semitones)
  • Hearing the difference between major and minor chords (major =happy sound, minor = sad sound).

Session 4: Writing music in major and minor keys

  • Recapping the last three lessons
  • Music signs and terms recap
  • Transposing music in a different key
  • Intervals
  • Chords.

Venue and getting there

Rozelle Campus Corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church).

If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Great reasons to enrol in a short course with us

Small classes

A personal approach means quality learning, so you can enjoy plenty of interaction with your instructor and the chance to ask questions.

Short & sweet

Our short courses & workshops get straight to the point, providing the skills you need with minimal commitment of your precious time.

Facilities & equipment

Our range of venues suit every type of course, are easy to get to, and have the equipment and tech needed to support your learning.

Easy, secure enrolment

Enrol online 24/7 with a safe, convenient 3-step process, and you can change your mind up to 7 days before class starts.

Quality instructors

Our educators bring first-hand experience and knowledge, with up-to-the-minute practices from diverse industries.

For business, or pleasure

Our courses help you rapidly increase your skills and knowledge, for professional development or personal interest.

4.7 stars

average rating on Google


courses to choose from


customer support rating

Related courses