How musical are you?

How often has a person been labelled ‘musical’ or ‘not musical’ according to his or her ability to learn to play a piece of music accurately. Our programs are shifting the goal posts. We are helping people discover their own musicality from the inside out. All musicians can begin the journey towards identifying their own musical personality through improvisation.

First the inspiration, then the vocabulary.

First we depict a scene from a story or movie. Inspiring our creative side, each scene is accompanied by a fully scored musical soundtrack, infusing a specific mood and setting the emotional context for playing. This is the foundation of every project, enabling us to connect to the interpretive centres of our brains, establishing pathways toward a truly creative musical experience.

Next we provide a simple motif, sometimes called a leitmotif; a short musical idea... melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, or all three. The motif is crafted to capture the quintessential musical expression in the scene - think Sergei Prokofiev's brilliant "Peter and the Wolf". Here, each charactor has been brought to life through their own musical motif.

Our simple motifs form the vocabulary used to express thoughts and stories through music. This vocabulary consists of key musical concepts, building the foundation for all music. We provide a playing understanding of concepts such as major/minor chords with a few basic chord extensions, chromatic, whole-tone and pentatonic scale, 12 bar blues, blues scale and blues riffs, melodic, rhythmic and accompaniment styles, sustain pedal familiarity, as well as, of course, an experience-based understanding of essential dynamic terms.

A voice to speak your own language

From here, in the same way that words become sentences and conversations, the motif is interpreted, developed, combined and explored across the piano... retelling the story in music. This type of ground-up, organic improvisation produces music that is rich, layered, honest, complex, and fluent. In many ways it is just like giving you a voice to speak your own language.

And what we love is that these are hands-on playing projects. They are taught systematically, step by step, and then released to your own imagination.

Let us help you find your musical voice. Develop a personal relationship with music that will last a lifetime.

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