The natural musicality so often present in children's singing can begin to fade as the focus of a lesson shifts to the process of reading and writing conventional notation symbols. Approaching the study of music from a linguistic perspective preserves the pace and flow that is inherent in spoken language and song. SongWorks teaching practices offer a pedagogical sequence based on the natural groupings of sounds within spoken language. A series of lessons on the American folk song "Rocky Mountain" illustrates examples of linguistic pathways to preserving musicality in conventional notation.
Nordquist, Alice L. (2016) Preserving Musicality through Pictures: A Linguistic Pathway to Conventional Notation. In: General Music Today (Online), Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 45-52. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/499051/.