2MeasuresAs you know, a staff is the lines on which notes are placed. A staff is made up of 5 lines and 4 spaces.When a staff is divided up into sections, each section is called a measure.In regular time, each measure contains 4 beats.
4The Whole Note Today we will be looking at three different notes. This is the whole note. It is worth 4 beats. That means when it is placed in a measure, it takes up all the beats.
5The Half NoteThis is a half note. Like its name suggests, it is worth half of the value of a whole note.A half note is worth 2 beats.
6The Quarter NoteThis is a quarter note. Can you guess how many beats a quarter note is worth?A quarter note is worth 1 beat.
7PracticeCan you make up 4 beats using these notes? Try to find as many ways as possible to make up 4 beats using these three notes.Can you make up six beats using these three notes?Can you make up eight beats using these three notes?
8The Eighth NoteThe next note we will be learning about is the eighth note. An eighth note is worth half of the value of a quarter note – ½ of a beat.The eighth note always has a flag or a “tail”.
9Joined NotesIt is common to see 2 eighth notes joined together with a beam to make 1 beat. Remember – no matter how many eighth notes are joined together, each one is still worth ½ of a beat.
10Dotted NotesWhenever you see a note that has a dot next to it, it means that you add half of the value of that note to it.For example, here is a dotted half note. Since a half note is worth 2 beats, how many beats is a dotted half note worth?
11Dotted Half NoteA half note is worth 2 beats. Half of the value of that is 1 beats.Therefore…2+1=3A dotted half note is worth 3 beats.
12Dotted Quarter NoteCan you figure out how many beats a dotted quarter note would receive? Please write an equation to determine the number of beats this note gets.
13Dotted Quarter NoteA quarter note is worth 1 beat. Half of 1 is ½ beat.Therefore…1+ ½ = 1½A dotted quarter note is worth 1½ beats.
14Whole RestNext, we will be learning about different rests and what each rest is worth.First, we will be learning about the whole rest. The whole rest is worth 4 beats.Can you remember which note is worth the same as a whole rest?
15Half Rest This is the half rest. Can you guess how many beats a half rest is worth?A half rest if worth 2 beats.What note is worth the same amount?
16Quarter Rest This is a quarter rest. It is worth 1 beat. Can you remember which note has the same amount of beats as the quarter rest?
17Eighth Rest This is an eighth rest. An eighth rest is worth ½ of a beat.Which note has an equal amount of beats as the eighth rest?
18Sixteenth Rest This is a sixteenth rest. Can you guess how many beats this rest would be?A sixteenth rest is worth ¼ of a beat.
19PracticeUsing the notes that we have learned so far, can you think of different ways to make 2 beats?
20More PracticeCan you think of different ways to make 4 beats?
21StemsWhere notes are placed on the staff will determine how the stem is drawn.If a note is lower than the middle line, the stem is on the right side, going up. If the note is on the middle line or higher, the stem is on the left side, going down.