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    Fascinating but somewhat limited.

    In the UK, the ABRSM recognises that musical ability doesn't depend on sheet music. They have a complete separate strand for people who can play by ear which is also counted as equivalent to Music theory.

    In Scotland, they have a set of folk music exams of equivalent standard of technical difficulty to normal graded exams but based on playing without sheet music.

    I've just been on two folk courses in the last month. The general though was that sheet music is merely a framework which you can develop upon by adding harmony lines or ornamentation.

    One of the tutors teaches in the Scottish Borders and arranges folk music for school orchestras. This helps the pupils because it is music that they are familiar with.

    The problem is not that schools don't teach music but rather that children are not exposed to a wide variety of music in their daily life.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    For anyone interested, here is the study by Joan Serra that the article references.

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