Let’s Learn about Music: Part 1

I’ve been creating posts about music appreciation, different styles of music, and lots of instruments, but I have never really talked about music theory. Music theory is one of my favorites subjects and I really enjoy teaching it to my students.

If you already know how to read music, then don’t lose interest, in this blog. I’m going to be spreading music theory throughout my posts. If you don’t know anything about reading music or the language of music, then I hope this helps and maybe I can spark an interest in learning to play an instrument.

The Staff

staff Music is written on 5 lines and 4 spaces. Each line and space represent a musical pitch or tone.

The Grand Staff

grand_staffWhen music on two staves is joined by a brace, or is intended to be played at once by a single performer, grand staff  is created. Piano and organ music is written on a grand staff.

treble_clef_staffThe lines on the treble clef staff are: E,G,B,D,F

The spaces on the treble clef staff are: F,A,C,E


To remember the names of the line notes in the Treble Clef: Every Good Boy Does Fine

The spaces spell: FACE

Guitar, flute, trumpet and clarinet music is written on the treble clef staff.

bass_clef_staffThe lines on the bass clef staff are: G,B,D,F,A

The spaces on the bass clef staff are: A,C,E,G


To remember the lines for the bass clef notes: Good Boys Do Fine Always

The spaces for bass clef notes are: All Cows Eat Grass

Cello, bassoon, and bass guitar music is written on the bass clef staff.


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