Pitch

Music is made up of many sounds:

high sounds, like birds chirping, low sounds, like the rumble of thunder,

and all of the sounds in the middle.

In music, the highness or lowness of a sound is called its pitch.

We write pitches on a staff. The staff has 5 lines and 4 spaces.

Where a note lives on the staff tells you its pitch--and also its name!

A note that sounds higher lives higher on the staff.

A note that sounds lower lives lower on the staff.

do and re and mi live near each other on the staff.

do is lower. mi is higher. re is in the middle.

When do lives in a space, mi lives in the space above it,

and re lives on the line between them. 

Now, if you're ready, go ahead and click on the button below to do some practice reading with do re mi patterns on your own! Come back to this video whenever you need a "tune up" and we'll practice together again!