You Too Can Play Music! The Ten Principles of Learning Music That Most Teachers Don't Teach, by Joshua MacCluer and TransVolve
This E-learning course on Teachable will teach you how to learn to play music using ten essential yet rarely taught fundamental principles of music.
These principles are organized around the basic fact that since music is a language, we should learn music in the same way that we learn language. If we approach music learning this way we can learn it just like we learned our first language as children- quickly, easily, without stress and to a high degree of mastery.
Music is actually quite easy to learn with this method. Yet this method is rarely taught. Instead, the standard music education model is one of weekly lessons, practicing alone, technical exercises, reading music, repetition, and playing other people's music. This method is ineffective, slow, uninspiring, boring, stifling, and lonely. This educational model often destroys beginning musicians' natural love for music and makes many people abandon their desire to play music.
I meet many smart passionate people who love music and want to learn how and start playing, yet they think it is too difficult or they don't have the "talent". I meet many people who have tried to learn to play an instrument, sometimes several times, yet have not succeeded because they or their teachers did not understand these principles. I also see far too many kids and music students whose great inner love for music is gradually killed by mainstream music education. I want to help these people. That's why I made this course.
Who Can Benefit From This Course:
This course will be useful to all of those who wish to improve their musicianship, from total beginners to seasoned pros. However, this course was primarily designed to be used by amateurs and beginners.
The Ten Principles will be of great help to the following groups of musicians:
Music lovers who want to participate in the world of music yet who have not yet participated meaningfully due to a perceived "lack of talent" or other reasons. The Ten Principles is perfect for total beginners who want to start playing right away.
Music students who are looking for ways to speed up their learning, get ahead of the competition, expand their musical ability skill set, and have fun again playing music. The Ten Principles teaches several essential principles that are almost never discussed in musical schools.
Former musicians who tried and failed to meaningfully connect their love of music to playing music due to the mainstream music education model. These musicians may have a complicated love/hate relationship with music that can be healed with the Ten Principles.
Amateur musicians who feel stuck at their current ability level and wish to break through to higher levels of playing and self expression. The Ten Principles are a great way to smash through plateaus in musicianship and technique and raise our ability to new heights.
Music teachers who wish to find new ways to teach and motivate their students that are more engaging and fun, creative and effective. The Ten Principles are a great foundation for fun and effective classroom instruction.
Parents and families with kids who wish to learn music and who want to understand the best way to have them educated in music. Understanding of the Ten Principles will help parents understand which music teachers should be teaching their kids and which teachers should be avoided.
Serious professional musicians who want to break through plateaus and rediscover their love for music. The Ten principles can help pros breathe new life into their musicianship, self expression and relationship with music.
What You Will Learn- Fundamental Musical Skills.
Everyone has their own individual goals for their life of music. However, the Ten Principles are fundamental skills for all musicians which will enable us all to more effectively follow our own musical paths.
In the Ten Principles, you will develop and improve many useful and fun musical skills, creating a strong foundation of musicianship which you can then build on for life. These skills include:
The ability to better understand and see your true musical motivations and goals. (Principle 1) The ability to get together with other musicians and "jam" with them, making music that works together with no sheet music required. (Principle 7) Skills to feel, understand, and fit in with other musicians rhythmically. (Principle 6) The ability to listen to music and understand what is happening and how everything fits together. (Principle 2) The ability to join in and participate in music with other musicians in an appropriate way. (Principles 4 and 8) The ability to feel music deeply and play music that feels right to others and yourself. (Principle 5) Skill in improvising music with no sheet music or prior planning. (Principles 3 and 7) The ability to express yourself in a more honest, deep and confident way in music and in life. (Principles 1-10) Skills to learn songs, and instrumental and musical techniques easily and completely. (Principles 2, 5, 7 and 9) The ability to express your musical ideas and feeling with singing and dancing. (Principle 9 and 10)
Requirements of the Student:
While this course is appropriate for many people in many walks of life, there are certain requirements of the student if this course is to be effective. Will this course work for you? It will if you have:
Desire: You have to want to learn to play and live in the world of music to succeed in this course. For you to be successful, you have to want this. Not your parents, teachers, friends, etc, but you alone must have the desire to play music and express yourself.
Patience and Diligence: Music is easy and fun to learn but it takes time and effort to develop musical skills. This course is not a quick fix, but a long-term and permanent set of changes that take patience and diligence to implement.
Open mindedness and willingness to try new things: This course will introduce you to ideas that you probably have not been exposed to, and some of them may contradict what you have been taught before and what you think you know about music. For the course to succeed, you have to be willing to be open minded enough to try the methodology with all of your heart. If you think you already know everything then this course is not for you.
About the Course- Methodology and Format:
The course format is divided up into 12 modules, 1 for each of the Ten Principles as well as introductory and concluding modules. Each module contains a video summary of the principle in question and several exercises to integrate the principle in question. The exercises are the heart of the course. Music, like all skills, is learned by doing.
For a free preview of Principle 4 click here.
The methodology of the course revolves around the basic idea that music is a language, with the main goal of communication and self-expression. When we look at the world, we see that almost all children learn their native language easily and quickly. This course is the result of examining the way that children learn their first language and applying those principles to learning music.
When we examine mainstream music education through the lens of language learning (as well as mainstream second language instruction in schools) we can easy identify obvious and major violations of these basic principles.
Typical Reasons for Failures In Music and Relevant Principles:
Lack of motivation- Principle 1 Don't like to practice- Principle 7, 8 Fear of mistakes- Principle 1,3 Trouble playing with others- Principle 4,6,7 Difficulty expressing self musically- Principle 2,9,10 Technical problems with instrument Principle 5,10 Musical problems with stiffness and emotionless playing Principle 5, 9, 10 Lack of joy when playing Principle 1, 3, 9,10 Slow progress Principle 3, 7 Bad rhythm Principle 4, 10 Inability to improvise Principle 3,7
The principles in this course have solutions to these and many other difficulties that we encounter on the road to learning music. These solutions are easy and even fun to employ, yet they are not taught in traditional music education.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How much time will it take to complete the course?
This course is designed to be done slowly, thoughtfully and over a long period of time. However, you will see positive results right away as soon as you start putting any of these principles into practice. A few days of working on any one exercise and you will see positive results.
These exercises could be practiced for a lifetime with continued improvement in results and understandings. Therefore I suggest that one year of slow easy working through the course would be an excellent way to get great results.
How much practicing will be required? I don't like to practice.
I don't really like traditional practicing either. This course is not about this solitary practicing things over and over like we usually think of. Instead the exercises are fun, easy, can be done with others, and are much more like participating in music than "practicing". Instead of practicing, consider doing this course like playing, fun and easy.
But my music teacher/parents/peers etc told me I wasn't talented at music, so why do you think I can learn it now with your method?
Did you have to be "talented" to learn your first language? If so, everyone is "talented"! We all have musical talent living inside us, and we can all learn how to play it, just like we could all learn to speak our language. Don't worry, if you can speak a language, you can learn to speak music.
I took music lessons and didn't enjoy it. Why is your course going to be different?
That's because this course focuses on the fun and enjoyable side of music, the one that we all inherently enjoy. the Ten Principles avoids many of the mistakes of traditional musical education like focusing on mistakes, rote learning, solitary practicing, competition, and conformity. The course don't avoid them because we are lazy, it avoids them because they don't work. Instead, this method is fun, painless, easy and creative.