Music: Barbershopping Made Easy

If the Armed Forces Institute has its way, the venerable art of barbershop singing will soon reach an unprecedented degree of literacy and technical perfection. To teach G.I. Joe how to sing close, the Institute last week published a manual entitled How to Sing and Read Music. It contained more new tricks of sound musical pedagogy than civilian pedagogues have thought up in a long time.

The most remarkable feature of the manual is its method of teaching soldiers to read music as well as to sing. The method uses a simplified system of...

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