Teacher Certifications Within Your School

Train Directly with Sound Formation Founder and CEO Curtis Madigan

Bring the revolutionary Sound Formation Method™ to your school.


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

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

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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 (classroom management), in a value-based approach to teaching. Value-based means developing the skills needed to have thriving, interested, engaged, and attentive students.

Curriculum Workbooks

Experience the revolutionary new method transforming the lives of music students across the globe. Click on a book or video course cover for a full preview of the contents. Discover what it feels like to have a complete mastery of rhythm.


•Even if you’re a professional percussionist, start here. This book will introduce a new way of conceptualizing rhythm and introduce you to The Rhythm Compass™.




This is where you start to really build a solid vocabulary of rhythms and the skill of reflecting and rotating rhythms. Get introduced to true syncopations and why they’re critical to your ability of having a tremendous musical feel and groove. Click here for more.




There are so many incredible concepts unveiled in this system and one of the biggest is the Anatomy of a Groove. Learning this concept and others in this book will assure that you can hear and perform any groove rapidly. More importantly, the way you play – your FEEL – will change dramatically.




Rhythmic melodicism is like the pianist’s ability to hear and perform intervals, inversions, and counterpoint, all from within one chord and melody. There are octaves in rhythmic shapes, just like octaves of pitch. These concepts and others in this book like binary syncopations, will change the way your hear and perform rhythm forever.



What Other 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 and Educator, 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



“It’s brilliant how simple and elegant The Rhythm compass is. It’s offered me a way to visualize and simplify seemingly highly complex beats. Very intuitive. I’m using it regularly to develop my own polyrhythms.”
– Sameer Bhattacharya, Multi-Platinum Guitarist of Flyleaf


Dramatically Transform Your Groove and Feel

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•Rapidly develop an incredible groove and feel

•No-nonsense approach that is simple and highly  effective

•Unlock the master musician within

The Rhythm Compass™ is part of the Sound Formation Method™, the quickest method for assimilating and attaining rhythmic mastery. You can learn this system through coachingworkbooks, and video courses. This system breaks down and explains rhythm in the simplest and most concise manner. Results are rapid and long lasting in your groove and overall feel. If you are looking for a total mastery of rhythm whether a beginner or professional musician, look no further! Discover the secret of groove.


The Rhythm Compass is brilliant because it entrains the musician to recognize groove elements VISUALLY as well as aurally and physically.”

-Michael Hewett, Guitar World author, Berklee grad, accomplished recording and performing artist

Develop PERFECT RHYTHM like Perfect Pitch


You can use The Rhythm Compass™ and the Sound Formation Method™ to develop “perfect rhythm” or the ability to instantly hear the layers of rhythmic shapes present in every song.

Develop a rhythmic vocabulary by using The Rhythm Compass™ and then notice how this arises naturally when you’re listening to music. This is the rhythmic equivalent of perfect pitch.

Enhance Your Musical Literacy

•Rapidly improve your reading skills in standard notation

•Develop the ability to see the rhythmic shapes while sight reading

•An absolute game changer for visual learners that struggle with reading


“I’ve always felt my weakest point was sight reading – which means reading rhythms. The Rhythm Compass™ has completely changed the way I read standard notation. I’m able to see the rhythms in a new light and its easier than ever to read through a chart. It’s like going from 2D to 3D.” –Steve Cox, Professional Bassist, Musicians Institute Graduate



“The rhythmic shapes are extremely straight forward. I studied them to increase my rhythmic vocabulary, the same way I studied licks to increase my melodic vocabulary. Now when I see notes in standard sotation I can visualize the shapes.” -Adrian Garay, Professional Guitarist, CU Denver Graduate


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