The slower a child learns to read music correctly, the slower musical understanding and rhythmic control develop. Consider what would happen to a child's reading in school if the child haphazardly learned the alphabet in grade school, recognized words in middle school and finally learned to recognize and write sentences in high school. The child would never learn to perceive, think or write in sentences as an adult. Accordingly, the same would be true in learning music. How a child approaches reading music during the early years has a tremendous effect upon all future musical development.
--Max W. Camp
(Source: Teaching Piano: The Synthesis of Mind, Ear and Body, Alfred Publishing Company, Inc.)

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