Music Notation: The Art of the Rhythm Chart

This course focuses on the creation of rhythm section parts, starting with basic chord charts, master rhythm charts, and fully notated charts for the basic 4-piece rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums). The class will concentrate on proper notation, layout, and techniques for printing and preparing charts for live performance and recording. Students will learn to create charts that prevent the time-consuming questions and confusion that can bog down a rehearsal or recording session. In the course of this study, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to use the music notation programs Sibelius and Finale.