Musical illiteracy is growing everyday. While the literacy rate of the US is 95%, the musical illiteracy rate is also around 95%. As many people can’t read music as can read literature.
Music is a dead language. It is the most commonly spoken language on Earth, yet has the highest illiteracy rates. No one reads it. No one writes it. Notation is strictly for Classical geeks and Jazz hands. Where have Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony gone from Pop Music? Music is dead, because no one can visualize it.
Notation is the written form of the musical language; a method of seeing. There are only a handful of dialects; treble clef, bass clef, and other clefs less common. There are just twelve letters compared to twice that many in English. In a week’s time, you can be fluent in most songs. Most writers stick to the same seven letters anyway.
Part of the problem lies with the teaching of notation. The musical language needs to be sounded out while read. The best way to do this, is to use sound-activated widgets.
When we read, we sound out the words in our head. Notation can also be sounded out while read with the aid of widgets. This makes the written language of music come to life.
Los Doggies promotes musical literacy through an ongoing web-based encyclopedia of musical words and widgets that take a joyous and playful approach to musical education. Thanks all y’all, whosoever y’are!