Originally Posted by jay norem
It's always, always, the non-readers who put forward this spurious argument.
Well, I personally read drum music proficiently, and am currently teaching myslef to read melodic scores. My point was that in considering the wider subject of music, understanding of the written 'language' of musical instruments is but one facet. Musicology/history could fairly be included within the subject's wider remit. Is reading necessary there? No, although i'm sure a good number of musicologists are also musicians who can read. Keep in mind Jay that this argument is within the context of the academic attainment required by the exam in question. GCSE music is not intended to turn those who study it into proficient musicians, just as GCSE art does not turn out thousands of 16 year old 'artists'.