I Can Read Music

“I've been teaching for 20 years and this is by far the best resource I've found to teach rhythm and note reading. Love it!”
— Customer review, Amazon, March 2015

“I have used this book for years, and I think it is GREAT!... The book is laid out in a very logical order. The print is large and easy to read for students of all ages. I would highly recommend this book to any student learning to read music at any age!”
— Customer review, Sheet Music Plus, April 2012

The beginner note-reading books most recommended by Suzuki teachers and teacher trainers, around the world.

Available for

Violin (Volumes 1 and 2)
Viola (Volumes 1 and 2)
Cello (Volumes 1 and 2)

  • develops note-reading skills one step at a time
  • progressive exercises in easy-to-read large print
  • numerous repetitions of each new concept

I Can Read Music Volume 1

  • rhythm and pitch are written on separate pages – learn one concept at a time
  • pitch exercises are in quarter notes – develop basic finger patterns
  • rhythm exercises are written on open strings


I Can Read Music Volume 2

  • for use after Volume 1 or as a beginner note-reading book for older students 
  • combines rhythm and pitch
  • numerous duets, each part of equal difficulty

“Joanne Martin’s I Can Read Music series (ICRM) has been an invaluable resource for the faculty at The School for Strings in developing music literacy. Students and parents find ICRM logical, instructive, comprehensive and fun to use, which accounts for its wide-spread popularity with Suzuki and traditional teachers alike. I have recommended these materials in our Teacher-Training Seminar and at institutes and workshops across four continents.”
— Allen Lieb, Head of the Violin Department, The School for Strings, New York City, Chair of the SAA and ISA Violin Committees