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Melody Notation Project

© Created by Fiona Lane for her son Matthew developed for public use by Lucy Cross


This notation was created to benefit people who will never be able to read conventional notation. It can be used as a step by step approach to reading normal notation by more able people and it can be used by parents and carers to help their learning disabled students in between lessons.


There are two types of notation available: Alpha notation (which uses colour coded letter names) and Stave notation, which is again colour coded and includes the letter names of the notes in the note heads. Both types of notation have fingering instructions and the option for chords in the left hand and lyrics for songs.


Parents and teachers can put together their student’s favourite tunes using Microsoft Powerpoint by following the instructions in the reference guide. If you are new to Powerpoint, it is recommended that you print out the guide book to refer to as you build your tunes. There are several completed examples for you to use and refer to.


Both types of notation were created by Fiona Lane, for her son Matthew who has Down’s syndrome. They were developed for public use by Lucy Cross. Links to each are below, as are several examples of songs that can be used.

Notation Handbook Alpha Notation Melody Notation Songs Melody Notation Melody Notaion 1

Examples of the Alpha and Stave notation systems.


For more information or to receive interactive versions of the notation systems please contact us.