As I said in my previous post, Electronic Instruments & MIDI, these essays are part of TI:ME Level 1 Certification and answer specific questions posed for certification.
This essay goes a little further as it address the concept of music literacy. Before purists vote to lynch me, let me say that I think teaching students to read traditional music notation is important. However, I don’t think it’s of primary importance and that becomes clearer in this article. Reading music notation is crucial for recreating music but is not urgent, given today’s tools, to create music. I think we spend far to much time emphasizing music notation as THE tool for music literacy.
Notation software is sophisticated graphics manipulation program made specifically for the needs of musicians. The top notation software is Finale and Sibelius. Fans of each could tell you why they prefer one product to the other that might include ease of use and learning curves. With products this sophisticated, choosing becomes a matter of personal taste and personal needs.