Advances in music-reading research

  title={Advances in music-reading research},
  author={Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir},
  journal={Music Education Research},
  pages={331 - 338}
The purpose of this paper is to construct a comprehensive review of the research literature in the reading of western staff notation. Studies in music perception, music cognition, music education and music neurology are cited. The aim is to establish current knowledge in music-reading acquisition and what is needed for further progress in this field of research. It is argued that the reading of staff notation is an important albeit neglected field in music education research. It is pointed out… 

Young Instrumentalists’ Music Literacy Acquisition

The aim of this article is to present and discuss the findings of a research project concerning music literacy acquisition among young beginners on music instruments. The reported project examines

Teaching Pitch Notation–Reading Skills

The teaching of music-reading skills has been cited as a neglected area of music education needing improvement. Music reading is the process of translating notation into sounds. Producing the notated

The Relationship between Early Word Reading, Phonological Awareness, Early Music Reading and Musical Aptitude

A wide range of evidence has demonstrated the impact of music learning on phonological awareness and the development of reading. Music reading, its relationship with linguistic abilities and reading

Composition in Music Education: A Literature Review of 10 Years of Research Articles Published in Music Education Journals

This article provides a comprehensive review of 89 articles published over ten years in the journals Music Education Research, British Journal of Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research

Rote Instruction in Secondary Instrumental Music Classrooms: A Review of the Literature

Rote versus note beginning instrumental pedagogy has been an active topic for music educators. Traditional method books have often comprised a significant portion of beginning instrumental curricula,

Exploring advanced piano students’ approaches to sight-reading

The ability to read music fluently is fundamental for undergraduate music study yet the training of sight-reading is often neglected. This study compares approaches to sight-reading and accompanying

Determining what expert piano sight-readers have in common

ABSTRACT Music sight-reading is a valuable skill that eludes and frustrates many musicians. Techniques for teaching sight-reading are varied, with teachers mostly falling back on personal experience

Reading ahead: Adult music students’ eye movements in temporally controlled performances of a children’s song

In the present study, education majors minoring in music education (n = 24) and music performance majors (n =14) read and performed the original version and melodically altered versions of a simple

Effectiveness of targeted feedback in improving rhythm sightreading

ABSTRACT Achieving fluency in sightreading—particularly rhythm reading—is cited by researchers as a universally problematic component of formal music education. This study employed an experimental

Seeing Red: Effects of Practice Interventions on Woodwind Students’ Accuracy in Performing Articulation

Music reading is a central part of most band programs, yet research about music reading has rarely included articulation markings. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of four



Experimental Studies of Music Reading: A Review

Studies of music reading are reviewed with respect to two principal questions: (1) What differences are there between the reading processes of good and poor readers? and (2) To what extent is musical

The Psychology of Music Reading

The ability to read in one's native tongue is, in most cultures, an almost essential qualification for full membership of society. Accordingly, the attention devoted to the reading process by

Music Sight-Reading Skill in Flute Players

Abstract This article reports an investigation of factors related to music sight-reading skill. Flute players (N = 30) performed six tasks: (a) sight-reading standard music, (b) sight-reading random

A cognitive model of musical sight-reading

  • T. Wolf
  • Psychology
    Journal of psycholinguistic research
  • 1976
A cognitive model of musical sight-reading is proposed: the schematic model of interlocking information-processing systems explains the differences between skilled and unskilled sight-readers; it also explains why some experienced, professional musicians are poor sight- readers.

Music Reading Ability of Beginning Wind Instrumentalists After Melodic Instruction

Teaching techniques and materials that would treat music reading as a process and emphasize the structure of the melodic line were researched, developed, and then tested with 90 fourth grade

Factors and Abilities Influencing Sightreading Skill in Music

This study was designed to replicate and extend existing literature by seeking to determine important factors and abilities that influence sightreading skill in music. The Watkins-Farnum Performance

Classification of high and low achievers in a music sight-reading task

The unrehearsed performance of music, called ‘sight-reading’ (SR), is a basic skill for all musicians. It is of particular interest for musical occupations such as the piano accompanist, the

Note-by-Note Music Reading: A Musician with Letter-by-Letter Reading

This paper reports the case of a musician suffering from letter-by-letter reading caused by a left posterior temporoparietal lesion. The patient also had difficulty in reading musical scores,

Dissociation in Musical Reading: A Musician Affected by Alexia without Agraphia

Previous works have postulated a similarity between music reading and text reading. Therefore it is interesting to evaluate both of these functions in an alexic subject. The patient investigated is a

A selective loss of the ability to read and to write music

Abstract This paper is a single case study of a professional musician, PKC, with a selective impairment in reading, writing and understanding musical notation. After sustaining a left posterior