When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code W23CCLB01H
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Suitable for those who have completed the Music Theory Grade 1 course or those with some basic knowledge on music theory. This course covers the basics of reading music, for instrumental playing or singing using the ABRSM Grade 2 syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Read pitch notation on treble and bass clefs, including ledger lines
  • Read rhythmic notation: rhythmic values and time signatures
  • Understand key signatures and accidentals
  • Read intervals in melodies and chords, chord construction
  • Apply practical music-reading skills in singing, playing, and listening
  • Understand how to navigate a score


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be listening to tutor explanation and demonstration You will do written, listening and practical exercises in class such as clapping, singing and playing You will work individually, in pairs and in small and large groups. You will do some written and listening exercises as homework

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for those who have completed the Music Theory Grade 1 course or for those who have some basic reading skills. You need to be willing to participate in practical activities in class and do some homework outside class.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Learners will sometimes stand, clap, sing and use minimal movements such as conducting and moving in time to a rhythm. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

    What you need

    Pencil and eraser, pen, notebook and manuscript paper. Text: Sleigh & Sheppard, How to Read Music (Wise Publications, 2007) Other text advised by the tutor. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.

    What you can do next

    You my progress to 'ABRSM Music Theory Grade 3'. You may also be interested in the 'Aural Training & Musicianship 1 course'. You may also wish to apply your music-reading skills in any of Morley’s many instrumental beginners classes in singing or instrumental playing..