The position of staff notation as the first notational system to be described in this article acknowledges its international acceptance in the 20th century. As an indirect result of colonization, of missionary activity, and of ethnomusicological research—not because of any innate superiority—it has become a common language among many musical cultures .

 · Musical notation : Musical notation , visual record of heard or imagined musical sound, or a set of visual instructions for performance of music.

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