Composers use a range of signs and symbols to show how they want their music to be played. This was essential in times before music could be recorded and replayed, but it is still important today.
To learn how to play a piece of music you will need to understand what the signs and symbols are telling you to do, as well as being able to read the notes and rhythms.
Understanding musical signs and symbols means that you can understand how the composer wanted their music to be played without having to hear it first. This mean you will be able to play or sing more accurately