Sharing shaped notes in ShermanMusic education Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Learning shaped notes is the quickest way to teach a novice how to sight read music. When people understand the significance of the shape and the intervals, the notes on the page quickly come alive. Last night in Sherman, we shared handouts of the “moveable DO” in a chart that demystifies the concept, especially for non-musicians who would like to know more.
As much as I love shaped notes, it seems that all forms of music literacy has been underemphasized in recent decades. How great it would be to see a renewal of teaching music to the average church member, rather than exclusively to those with special music giftedness. It has happened before and it can happen again.
Is reading shaped notes a foreign concept to you?
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