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Can't Learn To Read a Musical Score?
Teacher and student awareness of Developmental Dysmusia.
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September 12, 2021 - 10:20 pm
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I happened upon an interesting article at the Strad, about people/kids learning a string instrument, but then find out they can't learn to read a musical score. 

It's called "Developmental Dysmusia".  Suppose that doesn't surprise me, with all the headway made to help kids with dyslexia, nowadays. Btw, it's NOT the same as dyslexia.

What does surprise me - this only started to be recognized just a few years ago? 

Seems to me this is something that should be determined at the very beginning of every music student/teacher relationship! 

What if you are self-taught? 

There are ways to help if you are a teacher, or get help if you are a student!  Seems a shame that kids and adults have given up because they were not aware this problem exists.  Here's the link to the article. 

Dysmusia - how dyslexic research and therapy can overcome difficulties in reading music notation - Dr. Elizabeth Morrow (04/09/2017)

Most string education programs are taught from the perspective of learning to play the instrument, not how to read music.  However, this can confound brains that are not sufficiently wired for reading acquisition. 

Luckily, she give some guidelines to help with this! 




Now, on another front, this emoji chart has been recommended for use at musescore to help people. 

Want to know why 95% of the world are NOT going to read, play, learn or bother with the awesome creativty you and everyone who composes on MuseScore lovingly creates???? Read on! 

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Newly Discovered (Whole Brain Thinking Needed!) Dysmusia + Visual, Blind, Life's Difficulties and Disabilites


Anyone else hear about this?

- Emily

Paul C
May 31, 2023 - 6:52 pm
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That is super interesting! Thank you for sharing this Emily.

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