Rhythm and melodic dictation activities are the most effective way to help students understand and become proficient with standard notation.  Once students understand that notes written on a staff are a graphophonic representation of the music they hear, they will become much more capable readers. 


Every music class can include a short dictation activity.  The dictation exercises that follow are organized in a sequence that I have found to work well, but repeat and vary as your students’ needs require. 

Melodic and Rhythmic Dictation Set 1