Music Reader Cheat Sheet

Teresa Young’s Music Reader Cheat Sheet

As a “music coach” for decades, Teresa Young truly enjoys making note-reading skills development fun! Use her music reader cheat sheet below along with some basic music-reading flash cards to make a timed game of note recognition, for points.

Here’s how to play a fun, effective game:

With a teacher or other knowledgeable helper as score-keeper and time-keeper (four minutes works great), gradually progress up and down the treble and bass staves to ledger lines, over a period of a few weeks. Beat your last score each time to fire up your music-reading skills.

One fun, motivating way of scoring:

  • 5 points for notes on the staff
  • 10 points for notes up to one ledger line above or below the staff, including the space notes just above and below
  • 25 points for notes at and beyond two ledger lines

More tips:

Also, make it an “open book” game at first, then set the cheat sheet aside, picking it up as needed, then not at all. Next, make sight-reading actual music a game too, keeping it equally light and fun. And take little mental breaks as needed.

After all, learning any language is a neurological process, and music is no different. Using Teresa’s enjoyable approach to note recognition, before you know it this foundational skill will become second-nature. Then just keep it fresh. Because, bottom line, “use it or lose it” absolutely applies to music-reading. The more you read, the better you’ll read. So go for it, and have fun!

Purchase Teresa Young’s Music Reader Cheat Sheet here

And contact Teresa for an online lesson using this resource here!

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Teresa’s growing collection of published sheet music includes a wide range of genres and skill levels.

You’ll find pop, rock, jazz, traditional, and sacred pieces in her collection, from Steven Universe, Billie Eilish , LP, and Marina to Bob Dylan, The Moody Blues, David Crosby, JVKE, Lou Reed, Miles Teller from Top Gun: Maverick, Frank Sinatra, and Psalm 126!

So keep checking back here for more.

Arranging music has become a central pleasure in Teresa’s life. So be sure to check back here for more titles published regularly.

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If you’re looking for a favorite piece to interpret and not finding an existing version that feels right for you, get in touch with Teresa here to request a custom arrangement.


The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
—Dr. Seuss