What is a Mad Minute?

working on note reading fluency in music class


In 4th and 5th grade, we continue our study of learning to read music with "MAD MINUTE" tests. Students have 1 minute to name 30 note names that they need to have memorized. Memorizing note names improves students’ overall music reading performance; it decreases the amount of time to translate written music to instruments and allows students to move onto more challenging concepts.

Practice for a "Mad Minute" timed test with the links below:

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Printable Flashcards

Here are some helpful sayings to help us remember the names of the notes on the lines and spaces:

EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FUDGE - Reading Music Theory | Ep#1.08
I Knew You Were Treble by Jeanette Young
"Lines & Spaces" Episode #9 Preview - Quaver's Marvelous World of Music
Every Good Boy Does Fine - MusicK8.com
FACE - MusicK8.com