Before the Movie  

Think of you favorite song. Do you know what the notes are in that song? (Tap prior knowledge)

Do you play an instrument? If yes, describe the notes you play and how you play them. (Tap prior knowledge)


During the Movie (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

Timecode 1:36: What is the purpose of a clef? (Summarize)

Timecode 2:51: How does the top number in a time signature differ from the bottom number? (Compare/contrast)

Timecode 3:35: What are whole, half, quarter, eighth, notes named for? What do they mean? (Identify details)

After the Movie

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Reading Music topic. (Make connections)

How learning to read music like learning a new language? (Draw conclusions; Make comparison)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Reading Music Topic Page to your class or have students read independently. Then have them watch the movie once through without pausing. Then, watch it again as class, this time using the discussion prompts.


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.