Language Literacy and Music Literacy: A Pedagogical Asymmetry

@article{Waller2010LanguageLA,
  title={Language Literacy and Music Literacy: A Pedagogical Asymmetry},
  author={David Waller},
  journal={Philosophy of Music Education Review},
  year={2010},
  volume={18},
  pages={26 - 44}
}
  • David Waller
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Education
  • Philosophy of Music Education Review
Music education discourse is marked by frequent comparisons of music to language, and of music notation to written language. However, the role played by writing, as opposed to reading, is often overlooked in that discourse, as well as in classroom practices and workbooks. Consequently, far too many students can read music notation but not write it. Failing to achieve full literacy in their field, they develop a habit of deference toward printed music. Plato argues in the Phaedrus that we should… 

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