8 volwassene leren piano spelen aan de hand NOTUS MUzieknotatie.   Hoofduitvoerder van het onderzoek: Erwin Clauws (prof. grafisch ontwerper/typograaf met specialisatie visuele communicatie en docent Beeldende Kunst, ontwikkelaar van NOTUS Muzieknotatie).  Promotor van het onderzoek: Frank Agsteribbe (componist/docent aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen). De onderzoeksaanvraag werd goedgekeurd op 17 november 2017 door de Raad van de Schools of Arts Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen na positieve adviezen van de Leescommissie Kunsten en de Onderzoeksraad. Inhoud van het onderzoek Een...


NOTUS is a new, fully-fledged alternative to the 1,000-year-old conventional system of music notation.
NOTUS is simpler and quicker to pick up than conventional notation. In NOTUS, you only need to learn 12 note positions in order to read the notes of all seven octaves, in contrast with conventional notation, which requires the memorization of approximately 119 notations. Indeed, NOTUS requires just a tenth of the memorization work!
NOTUS has been designed specifically to minimize the misreading and misinterpretation of music; it uses no clefs, no flat or sharp symbols nor any of the conventional repeat signs and is thus bound to none of the confusing rules that go along with them.
NOTUS finally puts an end to the many often discouraging years spent struggling through the minutiae of music notation.
NOTUS is a perfect tool for the consistent, flexible and professional notation of all music styles, from pop and rock to contemporary classical and Eastern music.
NOTUS is for all instruments, all age groups and all levels of proficiency, from beginner to professional.
NOTUS scores can be used alongside conventional scores, so that musicians can continue to make music together and communicate clearly, regardless of the music notation they are familiar with.



There are four main points that justify the need for a new and improved music notation system:

1. Countless people, young and old, have problems picking up conventional notation, which puts the breaks on their musical evolution.

2. As the average lifespan of people in the West increases, ageing populations are seeking meaningful challenges in their senior years. Music is a popular choice for many, but conventional music notation often poses a barrier to progress. This particular group would be encouraged by progress made in the early stages of the learning process, especially if such progress did not rely so heavily on memorization. NOTUS meets these two specifications while conventional notation does not.

3. The third reason relates to the younger generation and is significant in the context of the future of the Western music tradition. To clarify: today, the younger generations and the middle-aged devote a lot of time to social media and gaming. This is all well and good, but there is of course a downside. These activities can be addictive and lead to a compromised ability to concentrate and memorize information, two key skills required throughout musical training via conventional notation. Consequently, such activities can result in a generally reduced interest in notated music and hence music tradition, such that these only remain accessible to a limited group of users. NOTUS does not demand such a high degree of concentration and memorization and can therefore contribute to the conservation and even celebration of our musical heritage (through more widespread playing).

4. The professional music world may observe that conventional notation has become increasingly more exclusive and complex over the course of its historical evolution. At the same time, conventional notation lacks universal solutions for new developments such as the equalization of semitones to naturals by Schönberg or the recent, more accelerated comingling of cultures by which quarter tones and microtones are becoming a more common feature in Western music.

Thanks to NOTUS, more than ever before, people across the globe have access to notated music. It is an important and necessary step in the improvement of our general ethical and mental well-being to conserve and expand upon the Western music tradition and to assist cultures in mixing together harmoniously.