Music Teacher Certifications

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This is the perfect training for college music professors, high school band directors, orchestra teachers, and private music lesson instructors. To obtain a Level 1 Certification in the Sound Formation™ methodology created by Curtis Madigan, please review the following criteria and download the information packet above:

Teacher-Certificate-003Participants will come to an in-person training in Denver for 3 days (participants can also study one-on-one in a series of lessons at dates determined between the teacher and Curtis Madigan). The next training runs May 25th-27th, 2019. This training will cover teaching the Sound Math™ curriculums at Level 1 through Level 4. You will study with Curtis Madigan to understand how this methodology applies to percussion, wind instruments, string instruments, and voice or only to your particular instrument if you’re a private music lesson instructor.

Participants wanting to earn a Level 1 Certification must already hold a music degree(s) or are currently studying to obtain one (exceptions may apply, please contact us). Closing date for registrations is April 10th, 2019. Registrations will fill up and earlier applications will be given priority. Becoming a Sound Formation™ Certified Instructor implies the signature of a Licensing Agreement which will be sent before the training.

The Sound Math™ Curriculum Level 1, Level 2 and Introductory Level

Experience the revolutionary new movement in music education. The Level 1 Certification will guide you through the new and unique Sound Math™ curriculums that were designed for all instruments. This system uses The Rhythm Compass™ in an integrative curriculum that develops responsivity in music students, unlocks the secret to better tone, and includes many extremely effective classroom management tools, in a value-based approach to teaching. Value-based means developing the skills needed to have thriving, interested, engaged, and attentive students.

Learn to create highly gifted and talented musicians in your classroom.

polyrhythms_3against4 cr-2Experience the Rhythm Compass™ and how it will revolutionize the performance ability of your students. Leave the training with a new understanding of rhythm and how it enhances all instrumentalists and vocalists. Understand how to set the tone for success in your classes.

Mr. Madigan has extensive experience working with students ages 5-25. His curriculums are very specific towards each grade level, academic level, and learning styles.

Level 1 Curriculum: an approach based on rhythm and coherence

New Level I Workbook - More Algebraic ThinkingRhythm is the X-Factor in developing musical feel. We have a completely new and revolutionary approach unlike any other. This approach develops rapid results. Using The Rhythm Compass™, students learn how to quickly develop their musical feel, tone, and create a masterful rhythmic vocabulary. Rhythm is made incredibly simple and clear in our system. 

New Level I Workbook -Division

Teaching rhythms by using geometric shapes creates an easy to visualize approach. This allows the student to see the exact spatial difference between different types of rhythms and to visualize them in their head while they practice and perform.

We also teach standard music notation simultaneously. This allows a balanced approach that teaches fundamental math, reading skills, and helps the student to absorb the music at a much more rapid pace than normal. There is tremendous emphasis on how to create a dynamic and successful classroom, with values, structure, improvement in attention for all students, and behavioral improvements.

For more advanced students, there is an abundance of strategic exercises geared towards developing group cohesion, new listening skills, and ways of playing that enhance tone quality. Mr. Madigan will address specific biomechanics of individual instruments and demonstrate how tone quality, technical ability, and stage presence can all be dramatically enhanced through simple principles.

Level 2 Curriculum: a new approach to mastering rhythm and developing musical feel

Workbook Level 2 Double:Half TimeframedUnderstanding rhythm as being cyclical and symmetrical, will greatly help you to more rapidly achieve a rhythmic mastery in your playing. Seen below left, is an example of how syncopations are taught as reflections. Syncopation in this system is more than displacement or accenting the weak beats. Syncopation focuses on the original meaning to pause or rest.

Workbook Level 2 Syncopation ReflectionsframedWe also learn how to combine various subdivision shapes to create simple polyrhythms. Using your understanding of factors is the easiest way to know which shapes will sound harmonious together. Double time and half time are graphed in our method and also shown with exponents.

The Anatomy of Groove is broken down into four parts: upbeat, downbeat, groove, and shape. This allows the advanced student to rapidly grasp the stylistic subtleties between numerous genres of music. Players in our system develop incredible sensitivity, responsiveness, and confidence in their playing.

For more information and to receive a full information packet, please email