About Sound Formation

A Revolutionary Music Education Movement

Curtis Madigan, Sound Formation Founder & CEO

Curtis Madigan created The Sound Formation Method™ after growing up performing with numerous groups and luminaries and studying with University of Iowa guitar faculty Steve Grismore, then attending Berklee College of Music on a guitar performance scholarship and realizing that there was still a huge gap in his music education. In speaking with his peers that studied at Berklee, New England Conservatory, USC, Julliard, Musicians Institute, and other top schools, Madigan knew that many high level musicians felt the same. After graduating Madigan studied Liangong and other internal martial arts before returning to music to develop his theory of rhythm and groundbreaking method.


A Method for Beginners and Professionals Alike

StringsCalloutBoxPicThe Sound Formation Method™ is a system that is designed to work for anyone from a complete beginner to the highest levels of professionals. All musicians need to learn to groove and this is the secret to having more fun and sounding better. The Sound Formation Method™ allows beginners to make music that actually sounds good from the onset. If you’re a professional The Sound Formation Method™ simplifies the process for learning rhythm theory without sacrificing groove and feel. Greg King, a professional guitarist and fellow graduate of Berklee College of Music shares his experience in the video below:

How to Study The Sound Formation Method™

If you’re an individual looking to start or continue your journey learning music you can find a Sound Formation Certified Teacher. We teach online lessons and in-person lessons. If you’re a private lesson music teacher and want to study and teach the system visit our Teacher Certifications page. For teachers in K-16 that would like to become certified visit this page. If you’re in the Denver area we offer numerous after-school classes and summer programs. Masterclasses with Curtis Madigan for colleges and universities can be booked by visiting the masterclasses page.

What the Experts in Education are Saying

Curtis Madigan’s innovative theory of rhythm heralds the arrival of an entirely new paradigm for music education. In my twenty years of evaluating arts programs across America, the Sound Formation Method is the most exciting and promising music step-by-step learning system I have seen. It capitalizes on the natural integration of music and mathematics and catapults student learning in both subject areas. Fortunate are the students who have access to this program! This is the future of music education.  – Lynn Waldorf, PhD, Arts & Education Consultant

What the Professionals are Saying

“Curtis Madigan’s courses are truly special. Students all over the world practice with metronomes all the time, but it seems there’s only a handful of players who really achieve great rhythm. It’s as if it’s in their bones and can’t be taught. Curtis’s method is the first that I’ve seen that can really teach that X-factor of great, deeply rooted rhythm. I feel like every musician should check this out.” – Drew Taubenfeld, Musical Director for Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Leon Bridges

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