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Professional Endorsements

Keyboard and Percussion

DAME EVELYN GLENNIE DBE

Solo Percussionist, Composer, Motivator and Entrepreneur,
Twice Grammy Award Winner, BAFTA Nominee

“I appreciated very much receiving a copy of "A More Rational Approach to Traditional Music Notation". The idea is most interesting and easy to digest. I feel it will be of great benefit to many people.”

HOWARD SHELLEY ARCM (Hons), ARCO

Internationally Renowned Concert Pianist, Conductor

“I am happy to add my name to the impressive list of those who wholeheartedly support you in your endeavours.”

DR HERBERT WINTERBOTTOM DMus (Hon), MSc, FNSM, FRCL, FRSA, LRAM, ARCM

Organist, Former Examiner, Adjudicator, Professor of Music

“I have read the book with interest and played some of the examples given and commend your scheme. Your concise clarification of sharps and flats alleviate retentive memory problems and overall leads to the quicker learning of pieces, thus giving more time for interpretative aspects.”

JOHN YORK AGSM, ARCM

Concert Pianist; Mensan; Professor, Guildhall School of Music

“I also showed it to colleagues and students and all agreed that it is clear, logical, immensely practical and above all highly intelligent and will undoubtedly be a huge boon to beginners, visually handicapped people and the like, and I hope that it succeeds in gaining the support and publicity it fully deserves. Other systems of logical notation have turned up occasionally, each of which struck me as interesting but ultimately undesirable, as complicating rather than simplifying the issue. Your system is attractive to the reader, stays with accepted symbols, still looks recognisable at first glance and truly solves the problem of the forest of accidentals that litter new music so vexingly.”
Strings

CLARE DENIZ LRAM, Dip Ethno., MMus, FRSA

Concert Cellist, Teacher

“I support your Simplified Music Notation. Its strength is its immediacy. The idea is ingenious.”

GREGORY ELLIS Dip RAM, ARAM, MA, FRAM

Violinist, Leader of the Vanbrugh String Quartet

“Since you have brought to light the problems facing millions of handicapped and would-be musicians, cogently and successfully argued against any theoretical objections, it seems to me the sooner Simplified Music Notation is universally adopted, the better; and indeed, there is a moral imperative to do so.”

DR WATSON FORBES DMus (Hons), FRAM

Solo Viola Player, Composer, Examiner, Professor of Music

“Your system of Simplified Music Notation is a timely improvement over the traditional method.”

PAUL GALBRAITH

Internationally Renowned Guitarist, Grammy Nominee

“This is a worthwhile initiative which contains innate simplicity essential to true innovation.”

KATÓ HAVAS Dip.FLAM

Internationally Renowned Violinist, Lecturer, Teacher, Author

“The simplicity of it all is the true wonder. It certainly deserves to be a universal success.”

DR RICHARD HOLMES BSc, PhD

Solo Cellist

“What a good idea the new notation is! Like all the best and simplest ideas, one wonders why no one had thought of doing it before.”

EMANUEL HURWITZ BCE, FRAM

Internationally Renowned Violinist, Gold Medallist Worshipful Company of Musicians

“I find myself enthusiastic concerning this novel and beautifully simple solution to the memory difficulties suffered by so many musicians, both professional and amateur. I found half an hour’s application sufficient to convince me of its efficiency. I am sure many musicians of all talents can be helped immensely.”

IVOR MAIRANTS CBE

Guitarist, Composer, Author, Founder Ivor Mairants Music Centre

“I consider that sight-reading ‘shapes’ could be more quickly recognised than notes with traditional accidentals before them.”

PROF. JOHN MILLS ARCM, Hon.ARAM, FCLCM

Concert Guitarist.

“This could be a breakthrough in reading techniques, and is simple to assimilate, particularly valuable to those pupils who perhaps experience problems with traditional notation. I only find it incredible that it has not happened before.”

IAN MILNES MPhil

Viola and Violinist, Writer, Music Teacher (ret.)

“It is absolutely excellent! …I also am fully convinced that your system would save music students much unnecessary effort. An elderly music theory pupil I used to have had difficulty with accidentals, and Simplified Music Notation would, I believe, have solved her problems very easily.

Also, though I’m a very experienced viola player (I started it in 1957 and transferred back to violin in my fifties) I still have problems in sight-reading fast music, since I have a slow ‘reaction time’ between my eyes and my brain – and Simplified Music Notation would certainly help me with this problem! Within seconds of starting to look at your music examples, I found myself reading the Simplified Music Notation versions much easier than the originals - even though I’ve known some of the works quoted for many years.

It would be marvellous if Simplified Music Notation could eventually become the only system in general use, and not only for disabled, etc. people, - as I’ve just found, the re-learning can be done in seconds, or at least minutes! … It was wonderful to see all the recent examples – am more enthusiastic than ever!”
Wind and Brass

GUIDO AJMONE-MARSAN BA (Cum Laude)

Internationally renowned Clarinetist, Conductor

“I am very impressed with this new development, and fully endorse it not only for those with impaired vision, but for all new music students as well.”

J. BRIAN BONSOR MBE, LRAM, LMusTCL

Music Educator, Composer, Author of ‘Enjoy the Recorder’ series

“The astonishing effectiveness of the simple changes you have made to conventional notation must surely prove a boon to many instrumentalists – and not only to those with a visual handicap or a retentive memory problem.”

ROWENA CARMICHAEL GLCM, LLCM (TD)

Professional Oboist, Cor Anglaist, Pianist

“Fabulous - Full steam ahead!!”

WAYNE COOK

Professor Emeritus of Trumpet; Chair, Dept. of Music, University of Wisconsin

“It indeed saves several mental steps by the performer in the process of producing music from paper to sound. The idea is so simple it is ingenious.”

SIR JAMES GALWAY OBE, MA (Hons), DMus (Hons), RCM, GSM

Internationally Renowned Flautist

“A very worthwhile project which I wholeheartedly support.”

PAUL HARRIS LRAM, ARAM, GRSM, ARCM, MTC, Hon.TCL

Clarinetist, Teacher, Composer, Author, Examiner

“What a wonderful idea this is. Music is so much a part of all our lives and the performance of it must be such a frustration to those people you have set out to help. And indeed you have helped them in this excellent and imaginative new approach.”

CLARISSA MELVILLE Dip, RAM, LRAM, ARCM

Flautist, Orchestra Manager, Teacher

“It seems to me an excellent way of helping musicians read and remember key signatures in a simplified way. I hope music publishers will take it up. I certainly could use it with some of my flute pupils who would find it a lot easier if every sharp and flat was written for them in the way Creative Arts suggests.”

SUSAN MILAN ARCM, GSM

Flautist, Chairman British Flute Society, Professor, Royal College of Music

“Well done for producing this marvellous book ‘A More Rational Approach to Traditional Music Notation’. I wholly agree that those people who have difficulties reading normal notation should have this excellent alternative. Music is, after all, for everyone and playing music is a wonderful inspiration which all should have the chance to experience.”
Vocal

FREDERICK ARNOLD MRST, LGSM (Hons), LTCL

Organist and Former Choirmaster

“Thank you for the most interesting material about Creative Arts Research’s work on the reform of traditional notation, which I heartily support. Although I do not have any trouble in sight-reading from traditional notation, I tried your method out on some music with which I was totally unfamiliar and found it made playing not only easier, but simple.”

DR THEODORE DAVIDOVICH

Professor of Music, Director Choral Music, Westfield State College

“Thanks for the opportunity to review ‘A More Rational Approach to Traditional Music Notation’. The concept certainly seems sound – and certainly unique … it makes sense to make this available to any and all people who wish to learn/study music, not just the handicapped!!”

HENRY HERFORD MA (Hons), ARNCM, GRNCM

Internationally Renowned Singer

“I was surprised how simple it was to adjust to your system: I was able to sight-read fluently within no more than a minute or two. This in itself indicates the enormously increased accessibility of printed music to those who would otherwise be discouraged by conventional notation.”
Conductors / Composers

DR JIM CARGILL EdD Music Education,

President, Dawson Community College

“I believe your system has the potential for simplifying pitch reading at sight and eliminating errors in young musicians.”

CARL DAVIS CBE (Hon)

Internationally Renowned Composer, Conductor, BAFTA Award Winner

“I feel this is an important development in music.”

RICHARD RODERICK JONES MMus, GRSM, ARCM

Composer, Musicologist, Pianist

“What an absolutely splendid system! The whole idea of having a note with no necessity of an accidental is ingenious. The case of the double flats and sharps is eminently clear and with a little practice easy to master . . . I wish you all the best in this exciting new development.”

DAVID LORD LRAM, GRSM

Composer and Record Producer, Former Head of Music, Laban Art Movement Centre, Former Director of Student Musical Activities, Bath University

“Simplified Music Notation is an elegantly simple idea and one which, as well as its obvious attraction for students with disabilities, would be found most interesting by many musicians in the other area of music in which I work - producing rock albums. I am delighted to endorse this brilliant idea.”

COLWYN SILLMAN LRAM, LTCL, ARAM

Conductor, Teacher

“I was delighted to receive a copy of your ingenious teaching method. As a musician and teacher for 31 years, I welcome this approach, especially as regards beginners learning to play the piano. Co-ordination is always a major problem with certain pupils, but your technique instils immediate confidence. Many congratulations and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to study and evaluate such a positive and forward thinking system for future generations.”

ROGER WOODWARD AC, OBE, DSCM

Concert Pianist, Conductor, Composer; Director of School of Music and Dance, San Francisco State University

“Marvellous! Hadn’t thought of it, and yet it’s been staring us in the face all this time . . . Bravo on developing this superb concept so far as you have. It will provide endless delight for those who struggle with Gothenburg’s Compromise (often called ‘print’).”
Academics and Teachers

DR LEE BASH PhD

Dean of College for Working Adults, William Penn University

“Simplified Music Notation … reduces variability, thus enabling all musicians to simply focus on the music at its primary source. I believe your project provides an elegant solution for many musicians. I hope to see it applied to a more widespread audience.”

PROF. JERRY D. LUEDDERS

Assistant Provost and Professor of Music, California State University, Saxophonist

“I am thrilled. You state that this system is designed for those handicapped by short term memory, but I found it very helpful myself in my own playing. I consider the system not only simpler, but ultimately clearer… I hope it comes to widespread use.”

SR ANITA MARCHESSEAULT DMA Music Education

Organ and Piano Teacher; Former Professor of Music, Notre Dame College

“Simplified Music Notation will help many musicians with key signature problems without simplifying or rearranging the music.”

ROBERT NORRIS LGSM, ARCM, GGSM, FVCM

Pianist, Teacher, Former Head of Music, Albany School

“I tried [Simplified Music Notation] out today at school with immediate success. A group of secondary pupils aged 14 who can read simple melodies in C were able to play comfortably in A major using your technique.”

DR SINAN CARTER SAVASKAN PhD

Composer, Head of Dept. for Academic Music, Westminster School

“[Simplified Music Notation] will facilitate reading and communicating music through the printed medium with greater ease. I’ll have no hesitation in recommending it to my own students.”

SISTER RITA SCHWEITZER SSND, Mmus

Former Chair, Music Dept., Mount Mary College

“An inspired response to ease the difficulty of note reading for musicians and would-be musicians alike. This thoughtful approach is worthy of world-wide acceptance.”

DR RONALD SENATOR PhD, FTCL

Teacher, Composer; Formerly Professor, Guildhall School of Music

“There is no doubt in my mind that the value [of Simplified Music Notation] in the earlier stages of learning and playing music will be quite invaluable. The morass of accidentals in chromatic music is quite absurd, and points in fact to the obsolescence of the current notational system.”

EMERITUS PROF. MALCOLM TROUP DPhilMus, ARCM, FGSM, LLD, FRSA

Concert Pianist, Professor of Music

“Simplified Music Notation … makes outstanding and immediate sense, providing as it does an elegant solution to a problem which has preoccupied some of the best musical brains of our time. I congratulate you on your public-spiritedness in making such a compact system available to all those who might otherwise be denied access to either voice or instrument.”

DR DONALD WEBSTER MusD, FRCO, ADCM, LRAM, ARCM

Organist, Composer, Writer, Former Professor of Music and Examiner

“I am very happy to give you my support for your efforts to propagate a more rational system of music reading. Although I am in my mid-sixties, I still experience difficulty in memorising accidentals in long bars, and have come to the conclusion that some composers use double sharps and flats as a gesture of conceit, rather than because tonal relationships demand them. One shudders to think of the drudgery that intelligent and potentially musical students have undergone in the last fifty years.”

EMERITUS PROF. RONALD WOODHAM DMus, FRCO, ARCM

Formerly Professor of Music, University of Reading

“The Simplified Music Notation which you have devised is straightforward and logical - the fact that it is based on the traditional system means that those who have studied [it] can approach traditional notation without abandoning what has already been learnt.”

ROBERT WINDER FLCM, LTCL, LRAM, ARCM

Professor Pianoforte

“As with most great ideas, it is simple and easy to understand. I found I could play from Simplified Music Notation after a few minutes familiarisation. I believe it could help all musicians - why not print all music this way in the future?”
Disabilities

COLIN R. BURNS BA, LTCL, Dip. MTh

Music Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Formerly Senior Music Therapist, Plymouth Health Authority

“I would certainly like to endorse its usefulness for those with impaired vision. I would also like to suggest for musicians with impaired retentive memory, as a result of, for example, injury, a system such as this could prove invaluable. It is sufficiently similar to traditional notation that the person does not have to re-learn as such.”

SUZANNE GUISASOLA SALVO M.Ed.

Director, Office of Disability Services, Ashland University

“It has been my experience that students with learning disabilities have an extremely difficult time reading music. Consequently, I see many students with great gifts of music ability fail because they are unable to master the skill necessary to succeed. Simplified [Music] Notation seems to be a solution to success. I would have liked to try to teach the method to a student with this difficulty, but unfortunately have not had the opportunity because all of the music students with disabilities have since changed their majors. I will certainly explore the option the next time I encounter this difficulty and perhaps Simplified [Music] Notation will be the key to their success.”

EVA HOLDEN BA (Hons), LRAM

Pianist and Private Piano Teacher

“It was kind of you to let me have sight of this remarkable new method of notation. It certainly looks from this that you’ve conquered a very vital part of the written language of music which hitherto presented many obstacles to the disabled, and in particular to the dyslexic. … I would very much like to see the enclosed method put to commercial use and hope that the profession will recognise its undoubted value.”

GERALD TAYLOR FRCO, FTCL, ARCM

Cathedral Organist; Director of Music, St. Edmunds School

“The system would be a helpful aid to music students of any age who are still becoming familiar with their scales and key signatures. As a teaching aid, it is certainly worthy of consideration with pupils who have learning and retention difficulties.”

ACKER BILK MBE

World-Renowned Clarinetist and Band Leader; Ivor Novello Award; 4 Gold disks, 1 Silver, 1 Platinum

“A splendid benefit to students with learning difficulties. Every success.”
Publications/Reviews

Jones, R.

‘Songwriting and Composer Magazine’ The Magazine for International Songwriters and Composers’, 1st Quarter 2009, p.8 ‘Simplified Music Notation: ‘A More Rational Approach to Traditional Music Notation’.

Excerpt: “Simplified Music Notation is very easy to understand and will be a great help to anyone interested in learning to read music and sight-read --- whether you are a beginner or for those musicians, songwriters, composers, who struggle to understand and digest traditional music notation.”

Editorial

American Music Teacher, Music Merchandise section. February/March 2009, p.10-12 ‘Simplified Music Notation’

Excerpt: “Simplified Music Notation is a newly developed notation, which is based on traditional staff notation, but with a few simple alterations that make it simpler to sight-read. Originally developed to help students with dyslexia, memory impairments and other disabilities, it can help anyone to read music more easily.”

Christensen N.

Wayne State College, American Music Teacher, June/July 2009, p.78-81 ‘A More Rational Approach to Traditional Music Notation: Elementary Piano Compositions’

Excerpt: “The author claims that this new notation is helpful for students with learning disabilities, including memory retention and dyslexia, and I agree. Simplified Music Notation is easy to understand. … The use of shaped note heads for all accidentals eliminates the need for the performer to memorize signatures or to remember accidentals throughout the measure.”

McLachlan, M.

‘International Piano’ incorporating Piano Magazine, November/December 2010, p.81 ‘Key Perfect’, Early-grade repertoire books with Simplified Music Notation’

Excerpt: “The system is remarkably easy to adapt to and students with dyslexia or with difficulty remembering keys may find a way forward here.”

York J.

'Piano Magazine' , January 2010, p.41 ‘Simplified Music Notation': 'Sight-reading breakthrough'



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