The Very Basics of Note Reading

An easy-to-understand introduction to what reading music is all about!


The Very Basics of Note-Reading is for students who have never read music, or who want to start again from the very beginning. This is a simple but thorough approach to getting started. The lessons provide students with a global understanding of what is involved in reading music, as well as fun and essential facts.

Students can also interact with Catherine, their instructor, as well as with classmates, by leaving comments and questions. This mini-course is comprised of eight short lessons, as well as flashcard practice, a fun matching game and quizzes to help you learn and check your understanding.

It's recommended that this course be followed up with Note-Reading, Level 2.

Topics are all centred around the treble clef and include:

  • About the clefs
  • The musical staff
  • The musical alphabet
  • How notes travel and how this sounds
  • The logic of how notes are named and written on the staff
  • Terms and definitions

Course Curriculum

  Section 3: Note sights and sounds
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Your Instructor

Catherine Little
Catherine Little

HI! I'm Catherine. I'm a classically-schooled cellist with Master's degree in music performance. I love expressing myself through music and I'm fascinated by everything it has to teach me. I'm a freelancer who performs with professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, in the studio, on film, and of course, on stage. I'm also a teacher and consider myself a student of many things. I absolutely love the idea that anyone can learn anything if they have a good teacher and a good attitude. For me, it's the truth. Most of my classmates at university started private cello lessons even before going to school. At nine years old I got started playing cello in a school violin program and I didn't have a cello teacher for years. But with hard work, determination, and some awesome teachers later on, I was able to become the professional I am today.

I'm excited to share my knowledge, to learn from you as well, and to find creative ways to help you on your musical path.

Welcome! See you in class!

~ Catherine

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within the first 15 days and I will give you a full refund.

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