NOTESENSE® FAQs

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Why do some students have difficulty learning to read music?

Most instrumental pedagogical programs are structured and designed around the easiest way to learn to play an instrument. This is particularly true for group instruction. Often in this situation, reading is taught as a bi-product of learning to play and is not prioritized as a skill in its own right.  Some students need a more structured approach to the “reading” aspect of playing an instrument that does not align with learning to play.

Do all dyslexic students struggle with music reading?

There is little research on this topic so it is difficult to say. The small amount of research that is available suggests that dyslexic students may struggle with pitch identification and reading on a graph. There is also evidence that dyslexic students may have difficulty with rhythm.

Do you have to be dyslexic to benefit from this program?

No, there are students with other learning differences, including ADHD and dyscalculia that can benefit from the NoteSense Music Reading Program.

Does this program help students with dyscalculia? 

Yes, the innovative multisensory approach to teaching rhythm and the relationship between note values has been very successful for students who have difficulty with math calculation.

Can NoteSense benefit a student with ADHD?

Yes. Like students with reading differences, students with ADHD can be overwhelmed with too much information on a page. One of the hallmarks of NoteSense materials is its unique design. All music reading pages are designed with minimal distractions on the page, no images or text, presenting only essential information. When new skills are added, they are added one skill at a time in a controlled sequence. This approach allows students to maintain attention on each new skill at their own pace.

Can NoteSense be used to teach a beginning student?

This is not recommended. This program has been designed as a remediation program, and it assumes previous knowledge of basic skills including how to hold the instrument, how to produce sound, and how to change pitch. NoteSense follows a structured, sequential order of learning that does not align with beginning playing skills.

What aged students can benefit from the NoteSense Music Reading Program?

NoteSense is designed for use with students age 8 to adult.

How long does it take to move through the NoteSense Music Reading Program Basic Level?

NoteSense is a student-centered program. The student’s needs and learning style determine the pace. Frequency of instruction also influences the pace. It is recommended that lessons be given at least twice a week for an optimal retention of new skills.

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