What is Music Literacy?
Author : Ms Chung
The definition of music literacy is "The ability of read, write and think in musical sound." (Gromko and Rusell, 2002) Behind this definition, there is a two-way process indeed --- musical sounds converted into representations and the reversal, starting with symbols and converting back into music. To translate music into symbols, the sounds have to be listened carefully, sorted, analyzed and finally transformed into another media. For the reverse process, we have to bring symbolic forms into life as music requires to interpret in sound, to imagine aurally in advance of hearing, to have musical ideas and make musical choices. (Young and Glover, 1998)
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Young, Susan & Glover, Joanna (1998). Music in the early years. London: The Falmer Press.