Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: You report an encouraging extension of music-making among young people from classical to jazz ("Beethoven rolls over", 12 June). The report adds that there is no need always to learn stave notation. I have regular requests from my private pupils that I notate a tune they have on CD, so they can play it properly. They have found that while one can imitate from a recording there is no substitute for learning the language of music, as shown by the priceless folk-music collection work of Cecil Sharpe and Vaughan Williams.


Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire