Websites and Software

Note Naming – Name notes in your instrument range, or identify music terms, and compete against other kids who have discovered the site. FUN. Honestly.

Grand Staff Defender is a lot like, except that instead of doing only 8 notes at a time, you name notes as they appear on the staff, and they come more quickly as progress through the levels! You have the option of pressing a key on a piano or pressing a key on your own keyboard, so I have to say this is better practise!

eMusic Theory Speed Note Names is a lot like Grand Staff Defender. Just note – you can’t actually “name” the note until it turns black. And don’t forget, you can press the names (A B C D E F G) on the website OR on your computer keyboard. If it’s too stressful with the speed of the notes (or you hate waiting), you can try the eMusic Theory Note Names instead (no speed). has a great sight reading training under “Note Identification”. I have customized a few for my students here:
Beginners – bass/treble clef, no leger lines, no sharps/flats, C major only.
Beginner-Intermediate – bass/treble clef, up to 2 leger lines, C/F/G major.
Intermediate – bass/treble clef, up to 3 leger lines, C/F/G/Bb/D major, accidentals.
Advanced – bass/treble clef, up to 4 leger lines, C/F/G/Bb/D/Eb/A/Ab/E major, accidentals.
Super advanced – all clefs (treble/bass/alto/tenor/movable C), up to 4 leger lines above or below the staff, all keys, accidentals.

Jayde Musica Theory Game may be my favourite sight reading game so far. It moves a bit faster than Grand Staff Defender (so choose one that suits your starting needs) and it also gives you notes in a sequence – so you have to get all two/three/etc. correct before you can move on. It leads you to a higher level more quickly too, so if you’re a bit faster at this, you’re not slowed down. You can select EASY, MEDIUM, or HARD levels, you can extend the range of the staff to make it more difficult, and you can choose only TREBLE or BASS clef (or both). (Don’t do alto or tenor clef unless you know what they are!) A very versatile game! lets you practise sight reading melodies, rhythms, or your own customized melody/rhythm. Rhythms are free, and you can get a free trial of the Deluxe before you decide you want to buy. This website offers the best sight reading practise if you are willing to pay.

Interval Training has wonderful, customizable training for all levels and areas. I have customized a few from “Interval Identification” for my students here:
Beginners – unison, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth
Intermediate – all major/minor intervals
Advanced – all major/minor intervals with accidentals
What have I done? – all major/minor/diminished/augmented intervals with all accidentals (flat/sharp/double flat/double sharp) in all keys (7 sharps or flats) in all clefs (treble/bass/alto/tenor/movable C) up to 4 leger lines above or below the staff.


Counting Music – Need help counting the rhythm? Phil Tulga has a great resource available. Just select the notes you need from below (and it will limit your options to only the ones you can use as you select more notes) and play it back. Beware: it has a… “distinct” sound. Try not to annoy anyone!

Advanced Students

eMusic Theory Intervals is great for advanced students practising interval training. This would be helpful for a student taking a theory exam. provides students with a list of exercises for advanced students. If your teacher doesn’t tell you which ones he/she wants you to do, you’ll have to decide for yourself where your weaknesses lie!



Noteflight® is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser. Work on a score from any computer on the Internet, share with other users, or embed into your own pages.

Finale NotePad is free again! (This isn’t a web resource, but you should still know about it!)

Listening has just about any genre you can think of available for listening. Go find some Classical piano, jazz, or rock. It’s up to you!