The original idea for this week's "Music Education Monday" was to point out some online resources for free sheet music, but in putting the post together, there was so much material that it really needed to be a two-parter. So, without further ado, here's part one...
* Many jazz musicians and students also include some classical pieces in their practice routines, both for general knowledge and as way of working on specific ideas or techniques.
* If you write music by hand, but never seem to have blank score paper handy when you need it, or keep running out, bookmark BlankSheetMusic.net, which has free downloadable and printable formats for everything from simple lead sheets to full orchestral scores.
* And for those times when conventional notation just won't do the job, perhaps graphic notation will. The idea of representing music with visual symbols outside the realm of traditional notation originated in the years after World War II and was developed by John Cage and other contemporary composers to convey new ideas and create new modes of expression by combining aspects of visual art with music.
To understand the basics, you can read a brief history of graphic notation and see some some famous examples, courtesy of Smithsonian magazine, here, or read this introduction to the idea, taken from Theresa Sauer's 2009 book Notations 21, along with another gallery of examples like "Celestial Spheres," used to illustrate this post.