Notation systems for the arts were developed to educate students in performing the art form. Soon notation systems were used in research and archiving performances and skills that could have been lost to the following generations. Virtual travel through the written notations brings experts to students rather than having students go to the teachers. But, unfortunately, reading notation systems is not always valued nor taught in studio classes. Definitions of notation systems and examples from several art forms are presented for illustration. The pedagogy of teaching with notation systems is explored generally and from shared personal experiences. Finally, notations in craft books are reviewed for use in studio settings. Hopefully, literacy of notation systems will be deliberately addressed in future arts classrooms.

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