This class will teach string players how to be fluent and expressive readers of standard music notation. It involves learning how to process both the quantitative aspects (pitch, rhythm, and form) and the qualitative properties (phrasing, dynamics, articulation, etc.) of written music. Using a variety of styles, students in this class will work on recognizing common pitch patterns, rhythmic motives, and road maps (repeats, da capos, codas, parallel and contrast phrase structures, and typical harmonic progressions). Ear training skills will be emphasized to develop the strong inner hearing crucial for good reading. Upon completion of this course students will have improved their ability to read standard music notation fluently and musically in a variety of styles.