Music Education Programs for Gifted Students and Schools

Discover a new, highly engaging, and integrative approach to teaching music that is especially well-suited for gifted learners of all kinds. This accessible approach introduces a new theory of rhythm missing in current music pedagogy that incorporates the physicality of music, the extensive math in rhythm, and the neuroscience and internal aspects involved in music making that’s critical to effective assimilation. 

Curtis Madigan is a passionate educator of gifted, HGT, and 2e students and he’s published numerous books on The Sound Formation Method™, which is an approach to learning music that’s especially well-suited for gifted learners. He’s spoken at the Colorado Association for Gifted Talented Conference, led professional developments at Westgate School (gifted charted school) and for Denver Public Schools GT staff, and has offered special workshops at the Logan School for Creative Learning (private gifted school), IEA, as well as for GT students at Denver School of the Arts in math-arts integration projects. His camps and after-school programs have run at numerous other public and private gifted schools and Sound Formation offers private music lessons for gifted students. Sound Formation has a specialized Teacher Certifications for gifted school music staff looking to reach learners with this exceptional methodology: The Sound Formation Method™.

I believe parents of gifted children will find Sound Formation an excellent resource for their children. This visual-spatial approach to music is highly engaging and can improve attention and focus. Once visual-spatial learners see the visual representations of rhythmic patterns, they are able to read musical notation more easily and effectively, remembering the shapes of the various rhythms. I also enjoy Curtis as a person; he is a good human!
Linda Silverman, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director, Gifted Development Center
Author, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner

Curtis and Sound Formation did AMAZING work at Westgate! He conducted music and math workshops with our 1st – 4th grade students. Our kids loved their teachers and he understands the needs of gifted learners. Bring this wonderful organization into your schools and homes! He is very talented!

-Sharon Collins, Executive Director of Westgate (Gifted Charter School)


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