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Why Reading Music is So Important

Why Reading Music is So Important?

Why Reading Music is So Important?

Author: Teresa Rose

Reading music is an important part of being a good musician, yet many musicians still do not know how. Most people who can read music learned to do so through music lessons. Not everyone is able to take music lessons and this is not always a guarantee that you will learn how to read music well. There are a lot of music teachers out there that teach mostly by rote where students still do not have to know how to read music.


Is it necessary to know how to read music in order to enjoy making music? The answer to that question is absolutely not. Music is a listening art form. We capture this art form by finding ways to preserve it, such as writing it down on paper.

If I don’t need any training or reading ability in order to play an instrument or sing, then why bother learning how to read music at all? To keep it brief, more opportunity will be available to you. Your confidence will skyrocket when you realize how much more music you can explore and play simply because you know how to read music!

Why is reading music important? Think of it as being a lot like literacy. You can survive in society without being able to read, but many tasks may be more difficult for you and take more time to complete. The chances of getting a good paying job is a lot lower and you may miss many opportunities that could change your life.

What opportunities are available to me by learning how to read music? Once you know how to read music, you will become a more independent musician and person. You no longer have to rely on someone else to play a song for you in order to learn how to play or sing the song yourself. The more you know about theory, scales, composition and arranging, the more the entire world of music opens up to you! Also, the ability to read music will give you the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians. For most jobs in the music business, you have to know how to read music.

Reading music is a language that anyone can learn. It can bring so much richness to your life. Much like how you practiced reading books in grade school, practice is the key to ultimately mastering this skill. All that is needed is to get yourself started. You don’t have to be smart, talented or have lots of money to learn how to read music. The only thing you need to have is a willingness to try.


Teresa Rose is a music instructor with a passion for helping people learn music. She especially enjoys sharing with others how to learn to read music. Stop by her website to read her How To Read Music In One Evening Review.

I Started out in 1976 trying out to sing in bands but no bands were interested in me. In 1977 I started playing guitar. The individual that was teaching me (who for now will remain anonymous) told me that I would NEVER learn how to play guitar because I had no sense of rhythm. I joined my first band in 1978 called "Dead Center" in Jacksonville, Florida. I played an Aspen guitar, black; a Les Paul copy and in 1981. I gave that guitar to the teacher who said I'd never learn to play. I wrote my first song in 1979 or '80. Over the years I have been in many bands but my passion has been songwriting. I have written well over 100 songs and though the early ones were kind of rough around the edges, I think that most of them could be dusted off and given a new facelift. Today I am still working on my songs. Currently I can play guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, harmonica, and Native American flute. The flutes that I play are ones that I made myself. My guitars are the Epiphone G-400 faded, an Ibanez RG370 DX, an Epiphone G 1275 double neck guitar. My acoustic guitars are an Alvarez 12 string and an old Kay guitar. My drum set is a Peace drum set. I do my recording on a Zoom HD16.
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