The Staff

Ever wonder how musicians know what to play? Every wonder how a group of musicans are able to play together? 
The following lessons will introduce you to the most important ideas of reading and understanding musical notation. 

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Objectives

  • The learner will be able to describe and identify the function of the music staff.
  • The learner will be able to describe pitch.


THE STAFF

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The MUSIC STAFF (or "stave)" is comprised of five lines, and four spaces. It is used to notate pitch.

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Every line or space represents a white key on the piano as illustrated below.


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WHAT IS PITCH

Pitch (as defined by Oxford) is "the quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it; the degree of highness or lowness of a tone". In simple terms, pitch is how high or how low something sounds. The flute has a higher pitch then a tuba. A birds tweet is higher then that of a fog horn.

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HOW TO DRAW MUSIC NOTES

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CHECK YOUR SKILLS

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TASKS

Worksheet 1 File:Work1.pdf

Objective: Practice drawing, numbering and labeling the staff.

Worksheet 2 File:Work2.pdf

Objective: Focusing on Pitch.

ANSWER KEY

Answers for Worksheet 1 File:Answerwork1.pdf

Answers for Worksheet 2: File:Answerwork2.pdf



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