University Masterclasses

Owen Kortz“Curtis has a rich background with rhythm, movement, and postural health that he’s arrived at through his dedicated personal search and curiosity about music and the human experience.  He awakens that curiosity in the students I’ve seen him work with.  Curtis combines rhythm, performance, martial arts, physiology and psychology, providing a unique and fresh approach to learning the language of music.” – Owen Kortz, Area Head and Singer/Songwriter Instructor, University of Colorado Denver 

Curtis Madigan has given masterclasses internationally at Berklee, CU Denver, UCLA, South Australia MTA and at a vast number of music education conferences. His masterclasses focus on bringing students a new and exciting way of understanding, theorizing, and practicing rhythm. Madigan recently conducted a study with Dr. Gisbert that saw rapid and significant improvements in rhythmic proficiency, sight reading, and ear training using a simple five-week course he created. These workshops are incredibly successful in revitalizing musicians’ perception of music and drive to be great performers, producers, composers, and educators. Topics he presents on includes:

•Rhythm Theory Training: Developing a Rhythmic Vocabulary, The Rhythm Compass™, and Understanding the Nature of Rhythm

•The Physicality of Music: Principles of Movement, Alleviating Pain, and Developing Rhythmic Perception


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“Curtis has developed what I believe to be a unique and effective method for teaching rhythm, one that is approachable for even the most basic student, yet robust enough for advanced musicians too. In his classroom demeanor, he strikes a good balance of informational dissemination and student engagement, involving them in the process so that learning is experiential, not just rote consumption/regurgitation.” – Todd Reid, Senior Instructor or Music and Entertainment Studies (CAM), University of Colorado Denver

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