Elements of Music Part I: Reading Music



Aspiring actors in musical theatre need to know how to read music. An actor should have a few songs in their repertoire. Before actors select their songs, they need to be able to read music. This lesson will cover the basics of music notation, and note value.

Lesson Time

Activity 1 Hook- All That Jazz Audition
10 Minutes
Activity 2 Basic Music Symbols
15 Minutes
Activity 3 Identify the Music Symbols
20 Minutes
15 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Performing Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will Identify notes.
  • Students will identify rests and their value.
  • Students will identify the treble and bass clefs.

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