What is Figurenotes?
Each musical note is represented by a coloured symbol. You then match that symbol to a sticker on your instrument.
The matching element means this way of playing is instantly accessible. If you can match, you can play! Very intuitive to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The colours repeat – all the Cs are red, all the Fs are blue etc. – but the shape changes depending on the octave (a high C would be a different shape to a low sounding C)
For instruments without stickers, the conventional way of learning the fingering for each note can be used, but using Figurenotes as notation. This makes the notes more memorable and confusion between two notes is less likely.
Figurenotes was created at the Resonaari school in Finland by music educators Kaarlo Uusitalo and Markku Kaikkonen. Initially designed to enable those with learning disabilities to play music, it has since developed into a tool to help anybody get started. Drake Music Scotland brought Figurenotes to the UK in 2010 and developed it further, creating software and printed resources. There is now a global interest in Drake Music Scotland’s award winning Figurenotes resources.
What Our Users Say...
Great to have new ideas, learn how to adapt various instruments and experience band arrangements. Also great to have software queries cleared up. Very thorough and staff answered all queries and questions. Thank you. A wonderful day!
Figurenotes, starting simply for my ASN pupils, is very relatable and doable. The fact that I can make my own unique music and resources, and so can my pupils, is so valuable. Really enjoyed the training day. Extremely valuable for my pupils
Great to see that there is a useful resource to compliment me or others in delivering REAL music lessons. Really useful to see how Figurenotes can start basic and develop to full musical writing and composition.
By attempting instruments myself I realised how easily we could help the children to access instruments. Learning to play Manic Monday on the guitar was the most valuable aspect of the day. I've waited my whole life for this LOL! Seriously though, this illustrated the above point.
Delighted to be shown a new way of teaching notation. A very nice mix of activities/information delighted with the 3 different presenters. Never got bored. Great! When can I attend more of this?
Fantastic to find out about ways that kids who can't speak or read can learn to read music. Also, finding out that I can play guitar! Fantastic course - paced to perfection! Very engaging and appropriate.