The Psychology of Music Reading
The ability to read music is, if not essential, an irreplaceable asset to anyone who indulges in musical activity. There are two points that need to be established: firstly, that influential commentators on psychological aspects of music have, in fact, had very little to say about music reading; secondly, that this neglect is unjustified in consideration of the importance of musical literacy for overall musical competence. This book argues further, however, that the reading facility is not simply a useful additional skill for a musician to have, it is, in a sense, necessary for full membership of the musical community. The book shows that the psychological study of music reading is an important area of the psychology of music which nevertheless has bearing on central theoretical and practical issues in music. It offers one important route to a better understanding of the nature of musical cognition itself.
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