How to Read Sheet Music
Discover Centuries of Music from Around the World
How to read sheet music is a skill that musicians from all walks of life have. Some argue it’s helpful; some say it’s too limited
What the latter don’t realize is that there’s more than one form of music notation, and many forms (like tablature) are much older than realize.
In How to Read Sheet Music, you’ll not only learn how to read traditional staff notation, you’ll also learn the logic behind notation, explore other types of notation, and open up centuries of musical experiences for yourself.
Along the way, you’ll learn some music fundamentals, so if you’re at all curious about how music works and why it makes us feel the way it does, then this course is a great first step to exploring your interests in music.
The course is completely free and has tons of resources that you can use to help you create your own music or to teach it further down the road.
What’ the Time Commitment?
Learning to read sheet music is a little more involved than spending your day scrolling through social media, but it doesn’t have to be harder than your toughest math class!
How to Read Sheet Music is self-paced, but if you spend a little time each day on it, you can easily complete the course in a week. There is around 4 hours of video content and exercises to match, so you can easily complete it in about 10 hours total.
I use a lot of analogies, examples, and give you the chance to practice along the way, courtesy of musictheory.net. That way, you can avoid frustration as you learn. It’s much better than sitting with a book because you’ll see how easy it is to create your own music along the way too!
You’ll have access to a course forum, where you and other students can ask and answer each others’ questions, and you can email me any time throughout the course. And as always, there’s a growing list of Resources and terms on the Glossary page for other concepts that may come up along the way.
Let’s get started! What do you have to lose? It’s free, after all…
I’m excited to make music with you!
- ~10 hours of completely free content!
- Infinite practice exercises with immediate, personal feedback
- Course community
- Gamification: earn points, level up, earn prizes!
- Certificate of completion to share for bragging rights
- Short but in-depth
- Intuitive curriculum
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up?
To enroll, just go through checkout. It’s completely free, so you won’t have to put any payment details. You’ll just need an email address and name to make an account with!
What if I get stuck?
It happens to all of us! Sometimes your brain just won’t make sense of a topic, and that’s totally normal. That’s why I’ve included a community here with check-ins, so you can ask questions, and maybe other members of the community will benefit as well.
I’m also here to help. If you’re super stuck and need another explanation, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll help out! I’m here for you.
How do I access the course after signing up?
I’m still having trouble…
No worries! I’m here to help. For any other issues, email me at [email protected], and we’ll work through it together!
About the Author
Amy King is a music theory and piano instructor currently residing in the Chicago area.
- Master of Music in Music Theory and Cognition from Northwestern University (June 2020)
- Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and English Literature from High Point University (May 2016)
- where she received the Outstanding Senior Music Major Award, which is awarded to one single graduating music student per year
Amy has been teaching private piano lessons for 12+ years, taught classroom music theory for 5 years, directed choirs spanning ages 4–25, led and arranged for a university a capella group, and composed and arranged music for various soloists and ensembles.