- Note heads should be centered on the correct line or space. Draw them clearly and accurately, so there is no question of which pitch is intended.
- Note stems should be about an octave in length. Each stem should cross three lines. Do not make the stem too short or too long.
- Sharps, flats, and naturals should be on the same line or space as the note they alter. Draw these symbols large for easy identification. When writing key signatures, make sure sharps or flats are on the correct lines or spaces and in the correct order.
- Draw clefs clearly and on the correct lines and spaces. A good treble clef is the result of careful practice.
- Each rest belongs in a specific place on the staff. Make sure it is placed properly.
When writing music, it is important to form the notes, rests, and other elements correctly. When taking the theory test, this contributes to a high score; in real life, it helps the musician understand how and what to play. Just as it is hard to read words written in bad handwriting, sloppy music notation can be difficult or impossible to decipher. Here are some elements of good musical handwriting:
This blog is intended to provide useful information to current piano students and their families.