About Sound Formation

A Revolutionary Global Music Education Movement


Sound Formation CEO, Curtis Madigan. Photo Credit: Kara Mullane

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.

The Sound Formation Method™ was created after Madigan trained extensively in martial arts like Liangong, Swimming Dragon, Wing Chun, and others. It is scientifically driven with precise exercises designed to deliver specific results. It contains his comprehensive theory of rhythm, a path for developing Perfect Rhythm (akin to perfect pitch), tremendous emphasis on the mental and physical aspects of music performance and perception, and a highly systemized step-by-step process where one concept builds on the previous concepts towards mastery.

Madigan is a true inventor having developed his system from scratch. His system contains many breakthrough techniques in mental practice, ear training, rhythmic perception (including groove/feel), and of course a tremendous amount of new information he’s developed in rhythm theory. Because of his background in martial arts being a Certified Liangong Practitioner, Madigan is able to understand the intricate and inseparable connections between rhythm in music and movement in the human body. This has led to a scientific understanding and approach to teaching the elusive aspects of feel and groove that are usually considered unteachable.

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

His method has garnered the support of countless experts in higher education and among top-tier professional musicians like: Dr. Robyn Gisbert (Physical Therapist, Assistant Professor at CU Denver), Dr. Peter Stoltzman (piano faculty at Denver University), Lynn Waldorf, PhD (Arts and Education Consultant), Linda Silverman, PhD (Licensed Psychologist and Author), Catherine Conlin, PhD, CCC-SLP (Learning Specialist and Owner of Bright Brain Thinking), Dr. Lynn Hellerstein (Optometrist, Award-Winning Author), Sameer Bhattacharya (multi-platinum guitarist of Flyleaf), Drew Taubenfeld (Musical Director of Leon Bridges, Meghan Trainor) and many others.

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, MD for Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Leon Bridges Click here to see more experiences.

The Sound Formation Method™ Delivers Rapid Results Towards Mastery

The results below are from a study conducted with Dr. Robyn Gisbert of CU Denver on a group of college music students and recent alumni in a five-week course using the Sound Formation Method™. The results show that at the end of this five week period students rhythmic sight reading improved by 18.34%, their rhythmic proficiencies improved by 20.86%, and their rhythmic ear training improved by 36.42%. These are significant results considering the short time frame of 5 total hours of instruction. The information the students were taught are based off of the college level curriculums Madigan has designed for universities that are purchasing his materials.