Sheet Music, in Madison, refers to a form of music notation that makes use of written symbols. It is mostly hand-written or printed and the medium is ideally paper, though in recent times computer screens are also being used. The term ‘sheet’ in sheet-music actually differentiates music on paper from the audio version which includes music recording, broadcasting, or even live performance. In lay man’s term, it is the print publication of music.
Sheet-music, in Madison, can be used as a guide for performing music. Although it does not replace real musical work, but it can be studied to create a performance or highlight those aspects of music that might not be obvious from just listening. However, comprehending sheet-music requires one to be well acquainted with the symbols used for music notation. Though, this is not a prerequisite for composing music, sight-reading ability is expected of professional musicians. The skill of sight reading is the ability of a musician to perform an unfamiliar work of music upon viewing the sheet music for the first time.
Traditionally, western music was hand-written and preserved in manuscripts. Even after the advent of music printing, much music continued to exist solely in manuscripts.