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Understanding musical scores
Understanding musical scores

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This free course was written by Catherine Tackley and Naomi Barker.

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Figure 12 Used with the kind permission of Denver VC Primary School

1.1.1 How do musical scores work? audio: © Dorian Sono Luminus

1.1.1 How do musical scores work? audio: © Naxos Jazz Legends

1.1.1 How do musical scores work? audio: © Harmonia Mundi

1.1.4 The ear-eye connection video: from Maestro 12 August 2008 © BBC 2008

1.3 Organising time video: © The Open University (2015)

1.3.3 What are you listening for? audio: © Warner Classics - Parlophone

1.3.5 Single line notation in context - the bigger picture video: © The Open University and its licensor(s)

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