Graphic scores – the ups and downs

Year 7 have been weighing  up the pros and cons of graphic scores – scores which give a visual representation of music using symbols, shapes and colour. They concluded that, in their favour,  graphic scores look artistic and are accessible whether or not you can read music notation. On the down side, they lack precision and because they are not standardised it would be hard for a large group of musicians to perform from one. The students went on to work in pairs on a graphic representation of the opening bars from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Here are two examples of their work – both highly personal and individual but equally valid in their visualisation of the music:

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