Since Korean National Curriculum was made under the U. S. Military Government in Korea in 1945, it had been revised 7 times from 1st to 7th. Korean music, however, could not be learned equally with Western music before the sixth curriculum. Moreover, Korean traditional notations like Jeongganbo and Yuljabo could be presented in music textbooks since the 7th curriculum. Western classical music occupies the major part of Korean music textbooks written by this curriculum, the next is Korean music and multicultural music despite of the gap of the component ratio by grade. In the today’s age of globalization, however, the social trend that Korean indigenous cultures are emphasized, caused to increase the importance of Korean music education. This interests expect to improve the pedagogical qualities of Korean music classes in schools. For this reason, this paper focuses on the notation of Korean music because the types of notations are important to effect the objectives and activities of lessons.
The scores of the danso use horizontal Jeongganbo which indicates a high tone adding a spot upon a low tone. However, this notation can cause to misunderstand the high tone as the expression of staccato. Moreover, this horizontal system caused some problems to learn the original vertical Jeongganbo or Yuljabo in the secondary courses. Therefore, the opinions that this Jeongganbo of the danso can be useful for students to understand can be just the results of arbitary interpretation by some music teachers.
The notation system and contents learned from the Korean music classes of elementary schools can be the first experience and foundation to students. For this reason, the notation of the music textbooks of elementary schools need to keep authenticity, and then this methods can be easily related to the music classes of the secondary schools and the music lives out of school. Consequently, the notation systems of the music textbooks in Korean elementary schools should be discussed in the focus of students, and a careful consideration needs to use the horizontal score of the danso.