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Name: Reading Music: Common Notation
ID: col10209
Language: English (en)
Summary: This course may be used to introduce or reinforce music-reading skills for someone just learning to play an instrument, or the individual lessons can be used to expand on basic music-reading knowledge or to look up any music-notation terms that are still unfamiliar.
Collection Subtype: Course
Subject: Arts
Keywords: articulation, clef, dynamics, flats, key, key signature, music staff, natural notes, pitch, sharps, staff, tempo, time signature
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Catherine Schmidt-Jones (
Copyright Holders: Catherine Schmidt-Jones (
Maintainers: Catherine Schmidt-Jones (

Latest version: 1.10 (history)
First publication date: Jul 25, 2003 3:37 pm GMT-5
Last revision to collection: Feb 8, 2012 10:26 am US/Central


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Version History

Version: 1.10 Feb 8, 2012 10:26 am US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
added introductory module

Version: 1.9 Dec 13, 2005 11:54 am US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Added m12717 (pickup notes and measures)

Version: 1.8 Jun 21, 2005 3:20 pm GMT-5 by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Added module on repeats.

Version: 1.7 Feb 25, 2005 10:57 am US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Changed metadata.

Version: 1.6 Apr 5, 2004 11:59 am GMT-5 by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
"Duration" module broken up into three shorter modules, all still in "Time" section.

Version: 1.5 Apr 1, 2004 9:50 am US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Arranged modules into sections and added style modules and section.

Version: 1.4 Jan 22, 2004 11:16 am US/Central by (Unknown)
Course composer upgrade

Version: 1.3 Dec 11, 2003 4:37 pm US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
added course description

Version: 1.2 Dec 11, 2003 3:53 pm US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Added Enharmonic Spelling module

Version: 1.1 Jul 25, 2003 3:51 pm GMT-5 by Brent Hendricks
New course

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