We simply want a revolution.
Which would be a more valuable skill?
1. The ability to perfectly recite a few poems in a language.
2. The ability to speak, understand, read, and write in a language fluently (and perfectly recite poems in it, if you would like to).
The answer is clear. So how should you learn the language
that surpasses vocabulary and reaches everyone: music?
Learning to memorise pieces of music is like learning to memorise passages of text in a language that you don't yet understand. Doing only that does not help you to understand music.
If you also learn the elements of the language of music, however, you can both understand it and use it to communicate your own original thoughts through the music that is waiting inside you.
We do not take the limited, memorisation based approach that has become common in music education. Instead, we are devoted to making our students fluent and creative in the language of music, which we believe should be the true aim of music education.
How are Songbird students creative with music?
While our students learn to play the music they
already love,they also learn to understand music
well enough that they can make their own.
Rather than dominate student learning with the fixed repertoire model that dominates music education today, we go beyond automatisation to foster composition and improvisation.
Just as all great musicians throughout time have,
students become fluent in the language of music.
Does this skill start and end with music theory?
Music theory is not where it begins, and is certainly not where it ends. Songbird’s Methodology is inspired by many sources which allow students to put theoretical principles into action in less rigid, more usable ways.
Where did these methods come from?
We are guided by techniques that shaped the greatest musicians, from the Neapolitan conservatories of 18th century which taught Partimento and Solfeggio to Barry Harris’ acclaimed jazz teachings to the latest tricks of the trade used by the hit artists of our time.
Why are piano and voice a part of any lesson?
Inspired by the 18th century conservatories that shaped a generation of musical masters, the comprehensive music education of Songbird students includes both singing and keyboard lessons in addition to their primary instrument.
Developing these skills and using them in conjunction with any instrument complements their practice and extends their musical tool kits, allowing a more thorough understanding and mastery of music (and more fun to be had)!
What makes our teachers special?
Our teachers undertake ongoing weekly creative training in improvisation, composition and music production.
Not only do they bring their own wealth of education and experience, they continuously study the most effective composition and music production techniques from the golden ages of history to the latest and greatest of today.