How to Read Sheet Music for Singing

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How to Read Sheet Music for Singing
Learning how to sight sing will help you learn sheet music faster. (sheet music image by Charles Taylor from

Reading sheet music for singing is very important. Whether you desire to be a music major or just a person who wants to learn music, knowing how to read sheet music helps you to perform and sing with confidence. Knowing how to read sheet music also gives you exposure to music and songs that you have never heard before. Here you will learn how to read music, as well as, use formulas and tips when reading sheet music for sight singing.

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  • sheet music
  • solfege

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  1. 1

    Understand the staff. A staff is made up of five lines and four spaces. Each line and space represents a musical pitch.

  2. 2

    Learn your music alphabet. The music alphabet is made up of 7 letters: ABCDEFG and it repeats itself again after G. These letters are represented by music notes on the staff.

    How to Read Sheet Music for Singing
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  3. 3

    Read music notes through singing the music scale. The music scale descends and ascends on the staff and represents musical notes in alphabetical order. For example, if you start on middle C, which is at the bottom of the treble clef staff on a ledger line (an imaginary line that extends the music staff), you will start singing up the staff until you sing to the next C, which is an octave away from middle C.

  4. 4

    Find the clef that is suitable for your voice. Clefs, which are at the beginning of the music staff, tell you which note (A, B, C, D, E, F, or G) is found on each line or space for either the treble clef or the bass clef. The Treble clef is for soprano or alto pitches or notes, and the bass clef is for tenors or bass pitches or notes.

  5. 5

    Associate each tone with each note through using solfege: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do. The solfege symbols represent tones for the music alphabet or note (ABCDEFG) on the staff of sheet music. Where the note on the staff begins depends on the starting note. If the starting note is middle C on a staff, C will represent Do and then the next note, which is D, represents Re and so forth.

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