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Rhythm & Percussion with Sound Math™ Level 1


Workbook-COVER-_Level-1smallThis book is the first in an integrative system for mastering rhythm. This book teaches how to understand rhythm using ratios, operations, symmetry, geometry, algebraic thinking and more. It is appropriate for beginners or musicians looking to begin mastering rhythm. This book is used in our after-school classes.

The material in this book contains games, attention exercises, reading and writing pages, and much more.


New Level I Workbook - Rhythms as Ratios

Rhythm is taught in a cyclical manner in our system. We start with the downbeat only, repeating one beat only. Then we add the upbeat which occurs halfway around our cycle. We continue on in this manner dividing the cycle evenly.

Here is an example of how we teach the building blocks of rhythm with ratios. Rhythm is made incredibly simple in this manner. 



New Level I Workbook - More Algebraic Thinking

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.


New Level I Workbook -DivisionThere is an important distinction that occurs as we divide the quarter note. From here all subsequent divisions are called “subdivisions” and we can then focus on the one beat cycle, rather than an entire measure.

Focusing in this manner is like focusing on one word versus an entire sentence. It allows us to hone in and work on a deeper level, albeit much simpler. Counting and feeling the division of one beat alone creates a mastery that should precede working with entire measures.


New Level I Workbook

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This book is the perfect guide to start your journey in music. It will also unlock the mystery of rhythm and simplify and strengthen your learning process. This book is the first in a method that works sequentially from absolute beginner through advanced levels of mastery.

Designed for our Rhythm & Percussion enrichment classes, this is the perfect workbook for any instrument and approach you’re taking in your musical path.

About the Author

_1DX0816 copyCurtis Madigan is a music education visionary and has created a revolutionary new music system. After graduating from Berklee College of Music and performing with notable artists, he wanted to share the knowledge he developed with aspiring musicians as well as professional musicians.


Earn Your Certificate

If you have completed the coursework in this book and would like to pass the proficiency test, you may contact Sound Formation in order to schedule a lesson or class to earn your Certificate.


Check out the Level II Workbook

This book is the second in an integrative system for mastering rhythm. This book teaches how to understand rhythm using sequences, operations, symmetry, exponents, factors and more.


Check out the Level III Workbook

This book is the third in an integrative system for mastering rhythm. This book teaches how to understand rhythm using binary numbers, reflections, rotations, symmetry, exponents and more.