About Sound Formation

A Revolutionary Music Education Movement

Curtis Madigan created The Sound Formation Method™ after growing up performing with numerous groups and luminaries like Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive, Maria Schneider (5X GRAMMY winning composer), 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, Musicians Institute, and other top schools, Madigan knew that this issue is prevalent. After graduating Madigan studied Liangong and other internal martial arts which have greatly informed his ability to teach the physicality of rhythmic timing which is normally considered an elusive and nearly impossible-to-teach concept. He’s created a new way of understanding rhythm with numerous innovative concepts and principles plus The Rhythm Compass™ which is a revolutionary must-have tool for conceptualizing, visualizing, and mastering rhythm.

A Method for Beginners and Professionals Alike

StringsCalloutBoxPicMost music methods are geared towards beginners and few progress all the way to a professional level. The Sound Formation Method™ is a system that is designed to work for anyone from a complete beginner to the highest levels of professionals. The Sound Formation Method™ allows beginners to make music that has a great feel immediately. This allows them to perform with others of any level right away. For professionals The Sound Formation Method™ fills in critical gaps of groove, feel, and mastering rhythm. 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

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