About This Website
This site is about keyboard music. It presents the results of several decades of research and development relating to making keyboard music easier to read and easier to learn.
The main results of these development efforts are 1) a music notation system that is easier to read than traditional notation, 2) an innovative keyboard instructional series based on this notation, and 3) a whole lot of easier to play sheet music based on this notation.
Therefore, what you will find on this site are an explanation of the music notation system and how it works, the whole instructional series with exercises and graded music, and the entire library of sheet music that we have developed using this new notation.
This website features music notation that differs from traditional notation. Our notation is simple, logical, beautifully proportional and is relatively (much) easier to learn. BUT IT IS DIFFERENT! It helps people start playing the keyboard BEFORE learning to read traditional notation. It is actually the only notation that some people will ever need - BUT - for many, many reasons, it is NOT intended to replace traditional notation. It supplements this notation and is specifically designed for the keyboard.
All of this material is available for download without charge. The music notation is called "keyboard maps" because the notation looks like a map of the keyboard, showing where to place your fingers. For short, we often refer to the keyboard maps as "key maps." Also for short, you can return to this website with: kmaps.com.
All materials are protected by copyright, but are freely available under our Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/No Derivatives license. Link: CC License
Getting Started With Key Maps
Knowing that most people who arrive at this website have very little idea of what key maps are, or how they work, presents us with a dilemma. We'd like you to jump right in and make use of all of our music and instruction, which are totally free. But you can't do that without knowing how it works!
You can jump right in if you like by going to our Navigation, DIRECTORY or Finder pages. But if you'd like to know more about key maps before you do that, I'm inviting you to click on the AKM-10 link at the bottom of this page for a more detailed explanation.
John Honeycutt, CEO
PS After viewing a unit below (AKM-10, etc.), to get back to this page, you click the back arrow in the upper left corner of the page . If you click the x at the upper right corner of your browser, you will NOT be returned to this site!