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An Introduction to Musical Literacy

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Many children love to play instruments or sing. But before they can successfully do so, it’s a good idea to be able to read music. Much like learning another language, in music there are symbols that stand for notes and indicate how to play or sing along with a song. Learning this musical language has many educational benefits as your child grows, not to mention that it can help them develop a lifelong love of music. If you’re interested in exposing your children to the world of music, start by teaching them how to read it with the help of one of these tools.

This tool helps children read music thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions. The categories include tempo marks and dynamic signs, symbols, melodic and harmonic intervals and more.

This book helps children read music by breaking down the essentials of each aspect of what goes into sheet music. This book is great for older kids and adults, too.

Thanks to the innovative sticker method, this book helps children read music by relying on stickers to understand hand placement and notes. Learning music has never been so easy.

With the Piano for Kids book, children read music by focusing on hand placement and notes through color theory as opposed to first memorizing a litany of symbols and concepts.

With this book, children learn to read music while streaming video lessons on real-world applications. The colorful book and fun language keep children engaged.

Expert Commentary

Reading music is an important skill that children can learn at a younger age. It can also help them develop their skills in other areas such as reading, memory and motor skills. Any great musician has to start with the basics and these tools can make learning how to read music more fun and convenient for kids.

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Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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