Learning to Read Music at Piano Lessons

Here at the Utah Piano Conservatory, we believe that learning to read music well is one of the most important parts of piano lessons for beginning students. We use lots of different tools to help our piano students learn to read both notes and rhythms fluently. This week we wanted to share three of those with you!

One of the easiest ways to practice note-reading is by using flashcards. This set of flashcards is fairly simple, but there are lots of different ways you can use them. This week Camilla and her piano teacher spread them out on the floor and put the flashcards in order to work on recognizing high and low notes as well as lines vs spaces:


Camilla flashcards

Students work on reading music both in their private lessons and in the theory lab alone or with other students. One of the great resources they use in the theory lab is called a “wrap-up.” With this game, students have to use a string to make matches – for example, matching notes on the staff to note names or piano keys.

William wrapups


Our piano students can also combine different parts of their music education is with the “Story Note Spellers.” These worksheets have stories from composer’s lives and music history – but each story is missing important words and letters. Students use the names of notes from the staff to fill in the story and can then read it to their teacher. They get better at reading notes AND get to learn cool facts about a composer!

story note spelling

There are lots of ways to learn to read notes, and these are just a few of our favorites. Learning to play the piano is exciting when there are so many different ways to do it!