The Animal Notes are easily read; there is no guessing what note is to be played next. When a student is beginning music with standard notation it is very easy to count a measure in 4/4 timing like this: 1--2------34, as the student works to identify the note in question. Since the “Timing Book” continues using the Animal Notes” the student is able to concentrate on even counting. There are enough songs to work on that the student has a chance to develop an ear for timing, a gift that will be of great value to them for all their lives. It is important to explain to your student the value of developing a good ear for timing, and that correct timing will help develop accuracy. Understanding timing not only helps play a musical piece correctly, but aids enjoyment to the person listening to music.