NOTUS is a recently released, autonomous alternative to conventional music notation. In NOTUS there is much less information and far fewer rules to be memorized due to its fundamental restructuring and restyling of conventional notation based on the norms of contemporary visual communication. It allows learners to read music practically without error from a very early stage in the learning process and has a low margin of error.
The present research project concerns the development of a didactic approach in which the practical and theoretical learning material are intertwined. To this end, eight adult beginners will learn to play the piano in a limited space of time, using this method and under the guidance of two specially trained piano teachers. In a second phase, research will be carried out to discover what impact this rapid learning of the 88 piano keys (both reading and playing) will have on the subsequent study of more complex rhythms and chords. The research will be concluded in consultation with a number of DKO institutions (music schools) to see how NOTUS relates to conventional notation in terms of the learning time and workload required to achieve the same results. We will also look at whether and how NOTUS should or could be further implemented in music education.