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.

What is the Sound Formation Method?

StringsCalloutBoxPic#1 A comprehensive theory of rhythm unlike anything ever seen before that works for all genres, all instruments, and all levels from beginner to the highest level of professional musicians whether performers, arrangers, producers, conductors, or musical directors. The unique theory Madigan has pioneered is as vast and comprehensive as learning traditional music theory. The Rhythm Compass™ is part of learning this “language” of rhythm. Many new concepts are introduced in this method and confusing rhythmic terminologies in common usage are redefined and greatly clarified.

#2 Extremely specific and detailed tools for learning the physicality of feel in music. Traditionally believed to be unteachable as an either “you have it or you don’t.” This includes rhythmic perception abilities like how to discern the characteristics of different parts of the rhythmic cycle, entrainment techniques for superior ensemble cohesion, and movement mechanics for greatly enhancing technical ability.

#3 The extensive mathematics and science within music. The math-music connection is often brought up but curiously leaves out actual specifics. This is because the math occurs primarily in rhythm. Learning the incredible amount of math involved in music actually makes it far easier to learn as it’s a natural part of understanding the unique language of rhythm.

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. We offer many virtual enrichment classes and 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.

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