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BC: Now complete Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 (pages 3 & 4) in your Music Theory workbook and use your scanner to send the pages to me.

FC: Lessons 1 & 2 The Staff, Notes, and Pitches & Treble Clef and Staff

1: The Staff | A musical staff has 5 lines and 4 spaces. | When we take ordinary ovals and place them on the lines and in the spaces of the staff, they become music notes.

2: Think about how your voice sounds when you talk in different tones. When you change the tones of your voice, can you notice that the pitch of your voice changes, as well? For example: When I am in a bad mood or feeling down, my voice has a different pitch than when I am very excited about something. Which of my attitude examples produces the higher pitch? Which produces the lower pitch? | Pitches

3: Notice that the arrows indicate whether the next note is going to be higher or lower in pitch. | Here is how you read high and low notes when looking at a musical staff. Both the lines and staff are individually numbered from the bottom up, and the farther up a note is on the staff, the higher it's sound, or pitch, will be.

4: Treble Clef | Music notes are named after the first 7 letters of the alphabet (A-G). You probably are asking yourself the question: There are only 7 letters used in the alphabet, but aren't there more than 7 pitches overall? The answer is yes! There are many pitches, but they reuse the same letters A-G. We will talk about why and how a little later.

5: In music, we use clef signs to help organize a musical staff in order for the notes to be read. | The treble clef is used for notes that have higher pitches.

6: Drawing the Treble Clef

7: In the treble clef, the names of the notes on the lines from bottom to top are E, G, B, D, F. You can remember it by: Every Good Boy Does Fine The names of the notes in the spaces from bottom to top spell FACE.

8: Every pitch that is labeled as the same letter has something in common, even though one may be placed higher on the staff than the other. | Now you are asking: How can two different pitches be labeled as the same letter?

9: Musical pitches are broken up into ranges, also called octaves. An octave is a tone that is 8 pitches away from another tone. Every time you see two different pitches both labeled as the same letter, they are an octave (8 pitches) apart. For example, | Both notes are labeled as E, but one is higher than the other. When you count the lines and spaces in between each other, they are 8 pitches apart, exactly an octave.

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  • Title: MT1- Lesson1- Staff, Notes, & Pitches
  • This is Lesson 1-Unit 1 for Music Theory 1. It presents material about the staff, notes, and pitches.
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