Reading the signs: assessing the salience of percussion symbols for use in percussion notation

Catherine Betts

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This thesis is a contribution to research on the type of symbols necessary for optimising sight reading of percussion scores. The aim of this research is to provide an empirical basis for the standardisation of the symbols used to represent percussion instruments. In order to do this, an experiment known as the Pictionary task was conducted. This involves pairs of participants communicating the names of percussion instruments to each other using only graphical means. The results of this experiment provide an insight into the formation of these symbols and how they are perceived by naïve viewers. The symbols formed in the experiment are analysed and discussed in comparison to existing symbols before a decision is made as to the optimal symbol for each instrument. Several avenues of further research are then discussed, including possibilities for instruments other than percussion.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2010


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