Description: In this module, we'll start to read music for the very first time. We'll understand how sheet music represents time and pitch, and we'll play some simple melodies using basic sheet music notation.
Experience Level: This is for anyone who has just begun to play violin, and who is looking at a piece of violin sheet music for the first time.
Duration: approx. 20 minutes
Instructions: Read the materials then answer the questions.
Music notation is a type of code. Once you understand the code, you will know what you have to do to create the music.
The most fundamental information that is contained in the music notation is:
Rhythm - how long and how short the notes are:
You can tell the duration of the note by the shape of the note head and the note stem (the line that comes out of the head). Different shaped note heads and stems will indicate how long each note should be played for (we'll learn the exact durations later on).