Can you read music? Take this quiz and find out!

Pianote  /  Sight Reading / Oct 7

While it’s not a requirement, knowing how to read sheet music is a very handy skill. It’s like knowing another language.

Can you read music? Take this 10-question quiz to find out! If you don’t know the answer to a question, watch 7 Days to Sight Reading. Answers can also be found at the bottom of this page.

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1. What does this symbol mean?

A. You MUST play notes on this clef with your right hand.
B. The notes on this clef are likely higher than Middle C.
C. The notes on this clef are likely lower than Middle C.
D. This is a clef for singers, not pianists!

2. How many lines are there on the Grand Staff? (Grand Staff means both treble and bass clef staffs.)

A. 10
B. 5
C. 3
D. 7

3. What does this time signature mean?

A. Three beats per measure.
B. Three whole notes per measure.
C. Triplets in each measure.
D. Three quarter notes per measure.

4. Which of the following mnemonics represent the line notes on the treble clef?

A. All Cows Eat Grass
B. Good Boys Deserve Frenchfries Always
C. Every Good Boy Deserves Frenchfries
D. F.A.C.E.

5. Which of the following has correct counting?





6. What is this an example of?

A. A third
B. A chord
C. A skip
D. Both A and C

7. What does this mean?

A. Stay quiet for the length of a half note.
B. Stay quiet for the length of a whole note.
C. Play a D.
D. Improvise!

8. Which of these notes is Middle C?

9. What does a dotted note mean?

A. Three beats. Always.
B. The note is worth the same number of beats as the dotted note, plus half of its length.
C. It’s a staccato. You play the note very short, like you’re hopping on the keyboard.
D. Hold the note just a little longer than you’re supposed to.

10. Play this excerpt. What song is it?

A. Over the Rainbow
B. Ode to Joy
C. Mary Had a Little Lamb
D. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


  1. B
  2. A
  3. D
  4. C
  5. C

6. D
7. A
8. A and B
9. B
10. C

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