Music Teacher Certifications

Exclusively Offering One-on-One Teacher Certifications | Study Directly with Sound Formation CEO and FOUNDER Curtis Madigan

This training is designed for private music lesson instructors for ALL instruments. Learn the theory of rhythm created by Curtis Madigan.

Teacher-Certificate-003The Level 1 Teacher Certification Training will cover teaching the Sound Formation Method™ curriculums at Level 1 through Level 4 on your principle instrument(s). You will also understand how this methodology applies to hand-percussion.

Participants wanting to earn a Level 1 Teacher Certification must already hold a music degree, however exceptions may apply with sufficient professional experience. Becoming a Sound Formation™ Certified Instructor implies the signature of a Licensing Agreement which will be sent before the training.

Why Take This Training?

•You’re tired of teaching methods that don’t deliver incredible results

•You’re ready to teach a revolutionary system where you and your student’s playing will skyrocket

•You’re committed to excellence in yourself and your students and don’t want to settle

•You understand that no one else is teaching rhythm in a gradated, effective, and highly systemized manner like the rest of music theory, especially for ALL instruments and voice

•You’re ready to make higher levels of income from teaching

What Teachers are Saying

The Rhythm Compass™ allows students to clearly visualize beat cycles and the various subdivisions, which improves rhythmic accuracy. It is especially helpful with smaller subdivisions like sixteenth notes, triplets, and sixteenth note syncopations because students can visualize exactly how to divide the downbeat, and more easily overcome the tendency to rush.Meaghan Guterman, Vocalist, Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Washington


As a music educator who has taught traditional methods, I now think about rhythm in a completely new way after working with Curtis and teaching with Sound Formation. The Rhythm Compass™ is an intuitive approach for understanding rhythm at a fundamental level while scaling to more complex and higher-order music concepts as students grow. I highly recommend his program and see it as a new standard in music education. – Charlie Albers, Professional Guitarist and Educator, Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Missouri 


I’m a bass player of over 30 years, a graduate of Musicians Institute, a professional player, and a teacher myself. Working with Curtis has completely changed my approach to playing, teaching, and reading music specifically when it comes to rhythm. His approach is absolutely game changing. This way of learning rhythm is something anyone at any age or level can and should do. I highly recommend anyone wanting to learn music or to take their playing to the next level to contact Curtis.Steve Cox, Musicians Institute Graduate, Professional Bassist and Educator


The Sound Formation Method™ Curriculum Introduction

Experience the revolutionary new movement in music education. The Level 1 Certification will guide you through the new and unique Sound Formation Method™ curriculums that were designed for all instruments. This system uses The Rhythm Compass™ in an integrative curriculum that develops responsivity in music students, unlocks the secret to better tone, and includes many extremely effective student engagement tools, in a value-based approach to teaching. Value-based means developing the skills needed to have thriving, interested, engaged, and attentive students.

Learn to create highly gifted and talented musicians in your private lesson practice.

polyrhythms_3against4 cr-2Experience the Rhythm Compass™ and how it will revolutionize the performance ability of your students and yourself. Leave the training with a new understanding of rhythm and how it enhances all instrumentalists and vocalists. Understand how to set the tone for success in your lessons.


Level 1 & 2 Curriculums: an approach based on rhythm and coherence

New Level I Workbook - More Algebraic ThinkingRhythm is the X-Factor in developing musical feel. We have a completely new and revolutionary approach unlike any other. This approach develops rapid results. Using The Rhythm Compass™, students learn how to quickly develop their musical feel, tone, and create a masterful rhythmic vocabulary. Rhythm is made incredibly simple and clear in our system. 

New Level I Workbook -Division

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. There is tremendous emphasis on how to create a dynamic and successful private lesson practice with engaged and excited students.

Mr. Madigan will address specific biomechanics of individual instruments and demonstrate how tone quality, technical ability, and stage presence can all be dramatically enhanced through simple principles.

Level 3 & 4 Curriculums: a new approach to mastering rhythm and developing musical feel

Workbook Level 2 Double:Half TimeframedUnderstanding rhythm as being cyclical and symmetrical, will greatly help you to more rapidly achieve a rhythmic mastery in your playing. Seen below left, is an example of how syncopations are taught as reflections. Syncopation in this system is more than displacement or accenting the weak beats. Syncopation focuses on the original meaning to pause or rest.

Workbook Level 2 Syncopation ReflectionsframedLearning to hear at the micro (pre-measure level) and macro (phrase within one or more meters) level simultaneously is developed. Factors and other simple math principles help you understand which rhythmic shapes will sound harmonious together. Double time and half time are graphed in our method and also shown with exponents.

The Anatomy of Groove is broken down into four parts: upbeat, downbeat, groove, and shape. This allows the advanced student to rapidly grasp the stylistic subtleties between numerous genres of music. Players in our system develop incredible sensitivity, responsiveness, and confidence in their playing.

Sign up Now for this Exclusive Training. Limited Applicants Accepted. 

Training For Your Own Musicianship Package: Study One-on-One with Curtis Madigan to dramatically and rapidly improve your own musicianship. Includes all workbooks for your instrument. Focus is on your own playing only, not on how to teach the method. 15 hours of instruction. No Certification Included. $3150

Purchase Training For Your Own Musicianship Package

Level 1 Teacher Certification Package for One Instrument: Level 1 Teacher Certificate, license of Sound Formation Method™ curriculums*, email and phone support, access to exclusive online training materials, personal training and in-lesson support/assistance with Sound Formation Founder Curtis Madigan, access to discounted workbook prices. $4000 *Licensing agreement will be emailed before training and must be signed. 

Purchase Level 1 Teacher Certification Package for One Instrument

Level 1 Teacher Certification Package for Multiple Instruments: All of the above plus another 7 hours of training for each additional instrument. $4000 + $1500/per each extra instrument. *Licensing agreement will be emailed before training and must be signed. 

Purchase Level 1 Teacher Certification Package for Multiple Instruments

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

Free Ebook: 5 Simple Principles to Improve Your Groove

This Guide Will Teach You:

  • Exactly what you're missing in your rhythmic feel
  • Simple principles that deliver profound results
  • Why rhythm seems elusive and harder than it should be