Book Chapter

Musical literacy: Reading traditional clef notation

Janet Mills, Gary McPherson

The child as musician: A handbook of musical development | Oxford University Press | Published : 2015


This chapter discusses what it means for a child to be “musically literate.” It focuses on the fundamental aspects of learning to use traditional staff notation, and how children develop their capacity to make music, reflect on the music in which they are engaged, express their views on music which they play, hear, or create, speak about and listen to music in order to form judgments, and read, write, comprehend, and interpret staff notation. The chapter shows how conceptions of being “musically literate” are fraught with problems related to defining what is meant by music and the various situations in which children might be engaged musically. It is also suggested that reading staff notatio..

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