She received music lessons from the organist of Norwich Cathedral at the age of six. Whilst running a Sunday school with her sister she began formulating her simplified notation system. By 1827, Glover had drawn up a complete method and was using it as part of her teaching in a girls’ school of her own founding in Black Boy Yard, Colegate Street, Norwich. Her pupils learned to sing learning by means of sol-fa notes pointed out on a chart, her ‘Norwich sol-fa ladder’.
In 1835 her system was published by Jarrold & Sons of Norwich.
Scheme for rendering psalmody congregational, comprising a key to the sol-fa notation of music, and directions for instructing a school.
In 1841 a copy of Glover’s Scheme was lent to John Curwen. He adopted, even modified, several of her devices as the basis of what became known as tonic sol-fa, but without seeking her permission.
She died of a stroke at Malvern on 20 October 1867 and was buried at Hereford, where she had retired only a few years earlier to live with her sister Christiana.
Find out more: You can see original documents about Sarah Anna Glover at the Norfolk Record Office here.