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Re: Beginners writing in notes
I support and encourage writing notes in for beginners. I give two copies: one for writing in notes (study copy) and one to keep free of letters (rehearsal/performance copy). Ask yourself: would you mind if your students knew their music and the parts of their peers so well that they didn't need to have sheet music? I stress literacy, but we all started by tracing our letters in large notepads and sounding syllables out loud until we became proficient. It's not a crutch, it's a process.