Note value table in music is a quick visual on the main music note symbols you need to learn as a beginner piano student.  It is important that you memorize each of these note values and the way they look on the staff.

Note Value Table in Music

Quarter Note

Quarter Note

This note gets One Beat or Count.  That simply means that you hold down this note for the duration of saying one and then release.

Notice that the note head is filled in and has a stem.

Half Note

Half Note

This note Gets Two Beats or Counts.  Hold down or play this note while counting out loud with your mouth 1, 2 and then release.

Dotted Half Note

Dotted Half Note

This note Gets Three Beats or Counts.  Hold down or play this note for the duration of counting to 3 and then release.

Notice the hollow note head and stem.  What makes this note different is the date on the right hand side of the note.

Whole Note

Whole Note

This note Gets Four Beats or Counts.  Hold down or play this note for the duration of 4 counts and then release.

More Piano Lesson Links

Learn more about the primary Music Notes and Symbols to include quarter, half and whole rests.


Jan Durrant

Jan Durrant is a Piano teacher and music publisher with a Master's Degree in Music Education. Her goal is 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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