Numbered Notes

Join Jason MacCoy in the discussion of music education from the user interface point of view, and learn about Numbered Notes.

Full recording: voice, text chat, slides, web tour, singing!

How to join

  • Follow this link at the time of the event:
  • Wednesday, June 15th 2011 we will meet in the LearnCentral online room at 6:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.
  • Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
  • If this is your first time, come a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

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About Numbered Notes

external image nn_Logo.jpg is a new notation system that changes the way music is learned. This system uses numbers 1-12 instead of letters A-G. It also defines pitch using a “12 Note Staff” rather than the traditional "Grand Staff". These "smart design" improvements allow users to simply match the number from the sheet music above to the instrument below. Simply put, this is a next-generation "play by numbers" system, but with the difference in how the staff is represented.

external image nn_LetteredVSNNMKeyboards.jpg
Why choose numbers over letters? Because numbers:
  • Are universally recognizable symbols that almost everyone around the world can identify from a young age.
  • Are sequential, allowing for counting, so that one can navigate intervals by counting half steps.
  • They allow advanced analysis of theory.

The system uses software to convert songs and help students learn.

Event Host

JasonMacCoy.jpgJason MacCoy is the creator of Numbered Notes music notation. He is a computer animation instructor who has worked for several of the world's largest companies. In designing NN he focused on a "user interface" approach by asking how to make reading notation more intiuitive to learn while offering improved functionality. Numbered Notes emphasizes math concepts found in music, including counting, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, ratios, base numbers, and more. It is a great way to directly learn music and math!