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18. Handwriting Music Exercises

Grade 2 Music Theory - Lesson 18: Handwriting Music Exercises

Suitable for:  ABRSM Grade 2   GCSE   AP Music Theory Beginners 

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Copying Out Music

This is something which is really easy to practise at home!

Find any piece of music, take a piece of manuscript paper, (or download paper from for free), and copy exactly what you see.

Choose music which has a lot of performance directions on it - dynamics, foreign terms and symbols, and choose music which has different rhythms, especially with beamed notes, ties and triplets.

Use a well-sharpened pencil and a ruler.

When you've finished, look very carefully at your work for mistakes, or better still, ask somebody else to look at it for you.

Keep practising!


Here are four excerpts you can try to copy: (You can print these exercises for free - just click anywhere on the staves to open as a pdf file - takes a moment to load).

You can also view some example answers here (pdf).

Copying Out Music grade Two


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