One of the benefits of our pre-requisite course is that it expedites the learning process by covering material other methods might not cover for years- saving time, money and effort.
However, after completing the course it might be hard to gauge how much you actually know.
Below are surveys of students and teachers that we conducted- Students were asked how long before they learned the material. Teachers were asked how long before they taught this material. (Answers are based on an average student who takes 4- 45-minute lessons a month, and started as an absolute beginner.)
1. In a universe that has an infinite number of sounds why does our musical alphabet have 12?
2. Why these 12? What is the significance of these 12?
(Answer must include an understanding of sound, sound wave, frequency, consonance and dissonance, intervals)
3. If the musical alphabet has 12 sounds why would a piano have more than 12 keys? (Must include an understanding of frequency and octaves)
4. Why are the black and white keys raised?
5. Why does each interval evoke its own feeling mood and emotion? (Answer must include an understanding of consonance and dissonance)
6. If there are 12 notes in our musical alphabet, why would we create smaller subsets…why do we create scales?
7. How and why can each scale create its own feeling mood or emotion? (Answer must include an understanding of consonance and dissonance as pertains to intervals)
8. Before they know the term polymodal
9. What are the defining harmonies in the Dorian scale vs the Aeolian?
10. What is the most world-wide used scale and what is its connection to our musical alphabet?
11. Before they know how to add more dissonance to a chord?
12. Before they are introduced to secundal, quartal and quintal chords?
13. How long before they begin to compose or improvise?
Samantha Genova (studied the Suzuki method for 6 years)
1. Never learned
3. 1st year
10. Gave wrong answer
13. Can’t improvise or compose
Matt Giordano (studied music via private lessons and at the collegiate level)
1. Never learned
2. 3rd year
3. 3rd year
4. First week
5. 3rd year
6. 2nd year
7. 3rd year
8. 3rd year
9. 2nd year
10. 2nd year
11. 3rd year
12. 1st year but never learned quintal
13. Instantly learned to compose via private teacher-2ndyear for composing
Brett Pontecorvo (Professional musician and teacher. Founder of livekeyboardist.com)
What I have witnessed is that the students who can answer the above questions, early in their development, not only grow faster but tend to enjoy practicing. They are more apt to become avid improvisers and composers, as well as recite songs with more conviction.
Matt Giordano says, “If I would have learned the answers to these questions in my first six months, it would have been a tremendous advantage. Learning would not only have been easier but I feel like I would have grown faster”.