Musical Notations

Some initial thoughts on musical notation/s:

  • There are many different ways in which music can be recorded (notated)

  • A musical score is not the music itself, but a representation of it

  • Different methods of notation have different functions (e.g. some are deliberately imprecise) and different strengths and weaknesses

  • Notated versions of music are not always accurate, or do not always convey the 'feel' of the music

  • Music that is not notated develops in a different way from music that is notated

  • Many, possibly most, musicians do not use notation to learn, perform or compose music

  • Notation can support some aspects of music learning (e.g. analytical), but can also inhibit others (e.g. aural)

Different forms of musical notation