How to Count Music as a Piano Beginner

Learning how to count music as a piano beginner is an easy process.  This happens after you learn the music note value table. It includes the quarter note, half note, dotted half note and whole note.

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Be sure to click on the link below to see an example of each music note symbol. Each notes has the correct counts written in above each note.

How to Count Music Worksheet

The Quarter Note

Quarter Notes on Music Staff

The QUARTER NOTE receives one beat or count.    1 Beat

Half Notes

half notes in music

The HALF NOTE receives two beats or counts. 2 Beats

Dotted Half Notes

dotted half note in music

The DOTTED HALF NOTE receives three beats or counts. 3 Beats

Whole Note

whole note in music

The WHOLE NOTE receives four beats or counts. 4 Beat

How to Count Music Beats Notes Rhythms

Counting rhythm involves speaking the counts aloud while clapping first, then adding the spoken count while you are playing your music instrument after that.

You will often see rhythmic patterns that repeat themselves over and over again within the same piece of music.


Jan Durrant

Piano teacher and publisher teaching beginner piano students around the world to learn how to read music, play piano, piano finger exercises and simplified sheet music of their favorite titles.

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