We create and listen to music to satisfy our innate need to communicate or express what it means to be human: to share our stories and life lessons and evoke a range of feelings, moods, and emotions. Therefore, music is a language, and when learning any language, fluency is the goal.
There are several teaching methodologies within the western tonal music system. Whether you agree with some over others, the general goal is the same—to teach the language of music. Unfortunately, current methods seem to be falling short. In fact, it is public knowledge that there is an unnecessarily high dropout rate, amongst other complaints. This issue is not only problematic for students but also has implications for teachers and society as a whole.
So, why are current teaching methodologies falling short?
In order to understand this, we need to look at the learning experience. The current teaching methodologies may be alienating because students do not fully comprehend why certain things work and others do not. Theory comes from the outside as something to simply accept. They, therefore, lack grammar or a narration that puts everything into context, making music theory accessible and meaningful.
This pre-requisite course aims to reframe the learning experience by employing a remarkably simple yet astute assumption; all music, including all music theory terms and topics, can be distilled down to one Unifying Concept. This implies that understanding one concept is all you need to easily comprehend everything related to music.
This is what differentiates our course from all other methodologies!
The course starts by stating the Unifying Concept-
Music is the Interplay of Consonance and Dissonance.
No matter what aspect of music you are discussing, it can be discussed in these terms.
Then, using a relatable, real-life, metaphor we define the terms- Interplay, Consonance and Dissonance.
Next, we slowly build a music example, illustrating the musical blueprint used to create all music. We show that music is comprised of music elements-(i.e., scales, melody, harmony, rhythm etc.) that are assembled and varied like building blocks; whereas each variation will evoke a different feeling, mood, or emotion-which is the overall goal of music.
Learning music theory through this lens might seem deceptively simple, yet there are a multitude of advantages. It’s an innovative, new perspective-giving students an easily digestible, distilled down, overview of not only how music works but how everything is connected. Facilitating students with fresh, empowering grammar enabling them to explore every new term or topic with confidence-all culminating in a learning path that is not arduous-but efficient and elegant.
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