Song Formats are unique to Music You Can Read®. Use the Pitch Number Format after the Beat or Rhythm Format.


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Pitch Number Format
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Additional Information

  • Why use the Pitch Number format?
  • When should the Pitch Number format be introduced?
  • Assessments
    • Primary grades k-2
    • Upper Primary grades 3-8
  • Teaching Tips

The Pitch Number format demonstrates where each pitch is located on the staff. The greatest advantage to using the Pitch Number Format is the correlation to pitches moving higher and lower on the staff. As the pitch numbers ascend the pitches are higher, as the pitch numbers descend, the pitches are lower. This is particularly useful in the primary grades (K-1) where they are learning their numbers and can associate the higher numbers with the higher pitch. (Solfege does not make this correlation as easily.

For primary grades k-1 ALWAYS use the Pitch Number Format FIRST!


1. Review the tune and locate all pitch numbers used in the song.
2. Ask the students to identify any pitch patterns.
3. Does the tune move in steps or skips? Where?
4. Where is ONE (1) in the tune, around a line, or, in a space?
5. Ask the students to identify the patterns learned in the PITCH WARM-UP (One (1) is around a line, thus three (3) will be on the next line up, etc.).

Reading the Pitches:

1. Using a pointer, have students chant the pitches the the rhythm. (This can be done by staves/phrases, etc.)
2. Were there any patterns?
3. Find a comfortable starting pitch and have students match the pitch.
4. Using a pointer, play/sing each line as students follow along, then repeat with students singing along. Continue with each staff/phrase.
5. Combine staves/phrases or sing entire song together.
6. Using a Legato pace, one that allows all students to stay together, sing the entire tune, adding pace as students become proficient.

For enrichment:

1. Using the Music Format, have the students sing the pitches, thus reinforcing the pitch locations without the answers.
2. Using the Music Format, have the students sing the Beats or Rhythm on pitch. This demonstrates exactly where each pitch begins and ends as well as reinforcing the rhythm of the tune without the answers.



  • Where was One (1) in this tune, line/space?
  • What is the highest and lowest pitch in the tune?
  • Do the pitches move by steps or skips or both?
  • Are there any patterns in the tune? Where?


  • Review the primary assessments?
  • What is the form of the tune, A-B-A, A-B-C, etc?


1. Let the ADD or ADHD student use a pointer as the class chants the pitches.
2. They may pick a helper if not able to maintain a moderate a steady beat.
3. Mimic the tapping of the rhythm while pointing to the pitches.
4. Slow the pace allowing the greatest number of students to achieve success.
5. Once mastered, increase the pace.
6. Practice difficult passages first.
7. Use the Music Format to reinforce reading skills without the answers.

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