This guide presents a new and uniquely South African approach to learning about staff notation - especially for musicians who are educated in the tonic solfa system. Readers will build an understanding of each aspect of notation by experiencing it as music. Tonic solfa is used in the earlier chapters to help relate the sounds to the concepts. The book is designed for mature music students and adult learners whose first language may not be English. However, it will be useful to students of music from any sector of society, whether they are enrolled in a formal course or simply want to find out more on their own. Each chapter is devoted to particular aspects of notation and most chapters are built around a piece of music generally familiar to South Africans. Because South Africa has a strong vocal and choral culture, examples are often drawn from the choral repertory. The book and CD include many examples of South African music, as well as samplings of classical Western music and jazz. The CD also offers music clips played on a keyboard, illustrating some of the examples of notation given in the book. Examples and exercises are drawn from this rich representation, and, by means of self-tests, readers will steadily become confident in reading and writing music in staff notation. They will also build up a strong knowledge of how music works by seeing the structures of a wide range of music from diverse cultures in South Africa.
Publication Date: 12/1/2011