Re: It's official...you don't need to read music
Time to backtrack...
When I went to college, one requirement to graduate was passing two fine arts classes. Basic art, theater or music. As a music major, I had to take the basic music class (MUS101 or MUS106) to graduate along with two other fine arts. MUS101 was filled with non music majors. None of them could read music, but all studied music for a semester.
I forget that "studying" music involves the ears as much as the eyes. I guess I take it for granted. As I advanced in my studies, music became as much visual as it was audible. The first step was listening though.
So, you don't need to be able to read music to study music. You DO need to be able to read music to be a musican. Two totally different things.