About Notation Versions

Music notation is the written language of music. It is what the composer writes down so that he/she or anyone else that knows how to read the notation, can create the musical sounds that the notation stands for. There are many different ways of writing notation that stands for the sounds that the composer wants to create. By far, the most popular of these notations is the one that most people simply call "sheet music." This notation is variously called traditional notation, standard notation, grand staff notation, or most often, simply, "music notation."

Traditional notation is a marvel in many ways, but it also is so difficult to learn and read that many students simply give up trying to learn it, and decide to do something else with their time.

In this workshop, we have aimed to supplement this notation with alternatives that can be learned more quickly and easily. Ours is not an attempt to replace traditional notation but to provide a pathway to traditional notation that allows the student to learn how to play before needing to learn to read this notation. Our (vertically oriented) graphic versions - Key Diagrams and Key Maps -  use notation that is easier to learn and read - specifically designed for playing the keyboard. On the other hand, our Reader's Versions  of the grand staff are versions of traditional notation that are easier to learn and read. We believe that there is a place for all of these versions for students who would like to read and play music - but who would like to do it in less time and with less stress.