The ability to read music is a valuable skill for any music student. When learning to read music, beginning students become familiar with individual notes and symbols and learn how to play them on their instrument. Music students also learn how to recognize patterns and shapes of the melodies written on the page. It is important for parents to help beginning students with music reading during their practice at home.
To practice individual notes, you can ask your child to name the notes of the song he/she is working on and show you how each note is played on their instrument. Flashcards are another great way to practice notes and music symbols.
To help students work on identifying musical patterns, you can ask your child to describe the music as the notes move higher, lower or stay the same. For a fun activity, have your child draw the melody using ups and downs like a roller-coaster.