Review: "Ready to Read Music (with Enhanced CD)" by Jay Althouse

Elliott's Print Music Reviews

Elliott's Print Music Reviews – Episode 11

Ready to Read Music: Sequential Lessons in Music Reading Readiness by Jay Althouse, published by Alfred Music, is packed with four sequential units of eight lessons each, all designed to prepare your students to read music. Most of the lessons are followed by a page of exercises, ideal for student assessment. It includes page after page of large, reproducible music symbols, ideal for bulletin boards and flash card learning. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

What Elliott has to say About the Book

Video Transcript

Hi everyone. In addition to the many publications that we carry for private studio teachers, individual students, professional musicians, and hobbyists alike, we also carry a wealth of resources for classroom educators. In today's video, I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite books for those who teach music in Grades four and up. It's published by Alfred Music, authored by Jay Althouse, and it's called “Ready to Read Music: Sequential Lessons in Music Reading Readiness”. It's a reproducible theory workbook that's designed to teach students the fundamentals of music note reading, and it makes a great supplement to any instrumental music program.

One of the great things about it is its overall structure and scope. It's organized into four units each with eight lessons of their own, for a total of 32 lessons. Units include the staff clefs and notes, pitch rhythm and musical terms, and symbols. Lesson topics include reading notes on the staff, understanding sharps and flats, understanding repeat signs and first and second endings, recognizing dynamic and tempo indications, and understanding articulations such as staccato marks.

In addition to individual exercises on each page, every lesson includes an additional page of exercises to give students extra practice and the chance for you to assess their work. There's also an answer key included in the book to make the process easier.

Another thing that I like about the book is the overall layout of each page. There's a great use of negative space to prevent the pages from appearing overcrowded with information, instruction is clear and to the point, there's a good use of bold typeface to highlight important terms, and musical symbols are clear and easy to recognize. Additional features include individual pages with large images of music symbols that can be used as flashcards or reproduce for a bulletin board, and access to a data CD that gives you PDF files of the lessons with the current emphasis on online learning.

This is a great way for you to connect with your students over the internet. Learning how to read music is an important first step in any student's journey. “Ready to Read Music” is here to get them off to the best start possible. Thanks for watching. I'll see you in the next video.

Elliott's Print Music Reviews

Most of you know Cosmo Music as your one-stop shop for virtually any music instrument you want to play. What you may not know is that we also have an incredible selection of print music titles available in our store and online, as well. And when we say “incredible”, we mean tens of thousands of titles. If you’re looking for print music for something specific, we likely have it in stock, or can easily get our hands on it for you.

For those of you that have frequented our Print Music Department in the past, you’ll likely recognize Elliott. In this series, he’ll talk about some popular and not-so-popular titles that we’ve got available to you.

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