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The Acquisition of Music Reading Skills

Donald A. Hodges and D. Brett Nolker

in MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754397
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190268190 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199754397.003.0002
The Acquisition of Music Reading Skills

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This chapter presents various reviews about the acquisition of music reading skills. Music reading is a process of converting special visual symbols—music notation—into sounds. The chapter discusses the relationship of music reading to the brain, eye movements, pattern recognition, motoric activity, and other music variables, such as playing by ear or improvising. It also provides a brief overview of the origin of music reading. Eastern countries use ekphonetic notation, which are symbols added to text, as an aid to chanting or singing, while Western countries use neumatic notation for plainchant for their music. Recommendations for practitioners are also included in this chapter.

Keywords: music reading; music notation; improvising; ekphonetic notation; neumatic notation

Chapter.  13467 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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