In countries that have the best education in the world, such as Finland and Japan, music is regarded as a core subject and all study it.
With so many articles written on the importance of music, why is music such a difficult subject to learn today with many people taking lessons yet years later they cannot play.
The answer lies in how music is taught today versus how music was taught to the composers.
There are 2 systems of teaching music today. One is the note by note system which is currently the most prevalent and the other is the language approach such as was taught during the days of Mozart, Beethoven and others.
The note-by-note system only began in the early 1900’s. With this system the student only learns to read some notes (which are the alphabet of music) and then attempts to play music, reading one note at a time.
How serious is that? To realize the seriousness of this, what would you think of a reading system that taught your child only the alphabet, never taught your child to read words or sentences. Whenever your children would look at a book, the only thing they could do is to spell the book letter by letter.
If this happened in the reading world, everyone would be illiterate. But that is what happened in the musical world.
How did this happen? Before the 1900’s there were so many composers that 2 composers thought that all the music that could be written had been written and they set about creating a new kind of music called Atonal music. The only way to play this music is to read one note at a time. The audiences did not like this music at all. Yet the educational system starting teaching this kind of music and the science and art of teaching music as a language, the way the composers learned, was lost.
So what comprises the language of music. Music has its own alphabet and the alphabet of music is the notes. Just as in any language we put the alphabet together to form words, so in music we put the notes together to form the chords. Every language has its vocabulary and chords are the vocabulary in music.
In a language we put the words together to form a sentence and in music we put the chords together to form a musical sentence or phrase. As the sentences are put together to create the story so in music the phrases are put together to create the song.
So the composers learned the LANGUAGE of music with its grammar.
Yet why can many people play the piano well today? They learned to read notes very quickly and just learned that that note was in a particular place on the piano. Some did learn to see patterns but did not understand what the patterns were – just knew where to play them.
But let’s look at the large number who have taken lessons and cannot play or gave up because they did not understand or worked so hard to learn a song, yet a few months later that song was gone.
Of the percentage of people that have taken lessons somewhere in their life, what percentage can play the way they want to today?
Is there a method today that teaches the Grammar approach to music. Yes, there is and it is Music Mastery Method. It has taken over 30 years to put this all together so that not only the grammatical structure of music is learned, but also accelerated learning techniques are used to make the learning far easier and faster.
Chords are learned and then colored and worked with in every song that the student learns.
This course can be ordered at www.musicsuccessnow.com and after the introductory course is completed, continuing lessons can be taken on line.
What benefits can you expect from the language approach to music?
Your child will learn all of the notes easily with color and stories.
All major and minor chords (vocabulary) are taught easily and then applied to every song that is learned. Your child is playing music in Music Mastery’s Level I that is considered Level IV in the note-by-note system. Your child will learn to play over 30 early intermediate songs in Level I and remember them. Long Term memory is taught towards the end of Level I.
Your child will continually be learning the language of music and applying it to every song that is learned – this grows exponentially. Your child is playing music that is harder but easier to learn. Your child is playing music all over the piano, not just the middle keys.
Your child will continue to understand how the music is working and be able to read music as you teach them to read books. They will become musically literate!
As parents, you want music for your child because you realize that it is an important part of learning and their life but the method of learning music will greatly influence the results that your child will receive.
As you work with the Music Mastery language approach to learning music, you also can learn to play.
It is time to open the door to music again and allow people to learn this language and keep it with them for the rest of their life.
Whether one plays music or writes it, it is a most important subject and if you are working with your children, have them take music until they are finished with high school. Just as they take math and English almost every year, This gives enough time to develop all of the concepts that are needed in music , just as we need that time for any other subject.
We would never dream of taking a child out of math in the 3rd grade, yet we do this with music all the time.
So first find a course where music is taught as a complete language so that this makes sense to the child or adult and then continue until it literally is another language and a language that a person can then play for a lifetime!