Music Notation Reading

It seems to me that following instrumental and vocal lines is an excellent way of learning to read music, while finding out about instrument timbre as well. We hope
you’ll use this feature for kids aged 11 or even younger (though some of the scores get quite difficult). Our system has red dots at the beginning of bars to help the
student. You can obviously use the scores for teaching note names.
There are currently 35 music scores to follow in the Instruments program – though we’re adding them all the time, so keep a look out. Apart from the many short
manuscript examples in Sound Words, you can find an additional three scores there.
Please note that you won’t be able to use the scores on Internet Explorer 8 or earlier. If you have IE8 or earlier, try to upgrade to one of the more recent versions (9,
10 or 11). They’re all free, though I know some of you are hampered by school IT policies.

Viewing Scores
To see the scores, press the music note tab to the right of the screen. The better the screen resolution the better the notation will look. They’re amazing on a big
Apple Mac monitor or something like a Macbook Pro Retina. They’re also great on an iPad with retina screen. You’ll probably use a projector in school of course.
Always use the expansion button on the bottom right of the score.
To make the scores better still, try using F11 on a Windows computer. F11 takes you to full screen. It’ll hide the icons at the bottom of the screen and conceal the
menus etc. at the top of the screen. Press F11 again to get back to normal. To get a similar effect on a Mac with a reasonably recent operating system, press the
double arrow button at the top right of the screen. This will improve matters, but not as much as on a Windows computer.

© Focus on Sound Ltd 2013

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Good intro to bass C Bass Common time Traditional Trumpet Symphony orchestra Xylophone Glockenspiel Accordion Euphonium Inst. Easy. Simple.octave down Triple time Classical Cornet Penny whistle Inst. But ornaments could be confusing. but harder key signature. Simple. But Latin words Inst. clef. Inst. Big accelerando. concentrating on the treble clef. Slow. Slow. Medium tempo.though other orchestral instruments might confuse. Inst. E Treble Common time Classical C Treble Common time Classical Classical guitar Inst.Order of teaching Here are the scores listed in approximate level of difficulty. Quite easy but fast. Treble Cor anglais Inst. Some quite complex rhythms. Medium speed. Fun. Comments Inst. short. E flat Treble .octave up Common time Traditional Bass Inst. Inst. Intro to 2 staves. F/B flat Treble Compound duple Classical Harpsichord Piano Inst. short. Slow. D Treble Duple time Classical © Focus on Sound Ltd 2013 Page 2 . Simple . G Treble Triple time Traditional Slow. There are examples for each of the main clefs. easy. Quite easy. Simple. C Treble Common time Traditional Simple but fast. Simple. B flat Treble Common time Classical D flat Treble Common time Classical French horn Inst. Difficult key would cause problems with note names. Simple. Slow. Inst. No red dot system. D flat Treble Common time Classical C Treble . Inst. Term App. Follow the words. Quite easy. Slow simple 6/8. Key D Clef Treble Time signature Common time Genre Classical Inst. Am Treble Duple time Traditional Simple. D Treble Common time Classical Simple.

E flat Bass 3/8 Classical D Treble Common time Classical © Focus on Sound Ltd 2013 Page 3 . Trombone Inst. Medium tempo. Quite easy but Italian words. Some quite difficult rhythms. F Treble Duple time Classical B flat Treble . Inst. Often high. Some moderately tricky rhythms. Slow. Some quite complex rhythms. Easy. Easy rhythms. Slow. Not so hard otherwise. Medium tempo. Fast Em Treble . D Treble Compound duple Classical Tenor sax Inst. Easy. quite short. SW Quite easy but no red dot system. but some complex rhythms. Quite fast. Good intro to tenor Bbm Tenor Compund duple Classical clef. C/A Bass Common time Classical Countertenor Soprano Inst. Some complex rhythms. C Treble Triple time Classical A flat Treble Compound duple Classical Tenor Inst. Good to demonstrate leger lines and high pitch. Treble Triple time Classical Alto Inst. Tricky key and clef.octave down Common time Classical Bassoon Inst. Quite easy. But some free rhythms. Easy. D Alto Common time Classical Flute Piccolo Inst.octave up Cut time Classical Viola Inst.Oboe Inst. F Bass Triple time Jazz Violin Inst. B flat Bass Common time Classical Tuba Inst. Bbm Bass Common time Classical Double bass Rondo Inst. E Treble . Good intro to alto clef. Slow. No red dot system. Medium slow.octave up Common time Classical Baritone Inst. Medium tempo. Follow the words. Inst. Medium fast. Medium slow. Follow the words. Moderately fast. Quite fast. Follow the words. Free rhythms.

Many rapid notes. Inst. Tricky rhythms C flat 2 clefs Common time Classical Dm 2. Continuous rapid notes. No red dot system C Bass Common time Classical C 2 clefs Common time Classical Cm 2 clefs Common time Classical © Focus on Sound Ltd 2013 Page 4 . Quite difficult. No red dot system.3 clefs Common time Classical Clarinet Inst. Quite difficult but short and fun.Harp Organ Inst. Medium fast. A Treble Common time Classical Cello Prelude Fugue Inst. SW Quite difficult. Sometimes very fast. SW Slow but difficult. Difficult.