Note recognition – the skill of identifying a note that appears on the staff – is fundamental to reading music. Even at advanced levels, improving the speed and accuracy of your note recognition will make you a better sight reader.

Introducing our Note Recognition App

That’s why we’re releasing a free online tool to help musicians develop this skill. You can use it today by visiting this link:

Screenshot of Note Recognition App

How it works

  1. Go to
  2. A random note will appear on the staff
  3. Press the button below the staff with the note name that matches
  4. If you got it right, a new note will appear. If not, don’t worry! You get another chance 🙂

Mobile friendly

The app is designed to work well on smartphones, tablets and full-size computers. So you can practice note recognition wherever it’s convenient for you.

Current limitations

There is no support yet for bass clef (only treble) or ledger lines.

Update: Treble clef, bass clef and ledger lines are all now supported!

Try it out!

Published May 1, 2015
Edited Sept 14, 2018 and Sept 23, 2018

Evan R. Murphy

Evan is a musician, music teacher, software engineer and the founder of SightReadingMastery. Realizing how important sight reading is to unlocking opportunities in music, he started SightReadingMastery in 2011 to help musicians develop this valuable skill. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Rebecca.

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