Michael Bernstein (August, 2015)
The use of colour in music education, one might argue, isn't exactly traditional. Rather, one might say it's quite innovative and not yet well known in Canada.
Being shown in multiple major Newspapers, the use of colour in music education has risen to the surface of mainstream culture and sparked some excitement to most of us. But nothing seems to last or work for everyone it seems.
That is until now. We have put our colourful thinking caps on (actually we just teach music and know its value) and came up with the best system of colour we could for our students and well the world actually :) Our colour system is 100% parallel to music theory taught by other schools and academies- it simply invites the use of colour to students and teachers and also applies one colour to each of the 7 letters of the music alphabet which are shown on instruments, lines (& spaces) of music, music notes, and so on.
Not all students need or want to use colour in their lessons. It is completely optional.
(some very important examples)
Staff Lines and Spaces - helps students with note identification and understanding how sound is organized into music.
Music Notes - helps students with note identification.
Chords - helps students with chord playing and memorizing.
Music Phrases - helps students learn, read and memorize musical works
Hand Positions - helps students with their positioning (where they place their hands- extremely important for early beginners).
A to G's mission is to revolutionize music in Canada and extend the scope of music education and pedagogy to include protocols for the intelligent use of colour to best aid our pupils and their peers in approaching music.
You'd be amazed with the possibilities of assigning one colour to each of the 7 letters of the music alphabet.
Did you know?
Some of the 7 A to G colours selected by A to G for its Musical Colour Scale are the same colours that those with synesthesia see when they hear the tones.
Almost everyone learning to play an instrument, whether adult or child, wants to read music and play a song as soon as possible. But the process of learning scales, key signatures and matching black and white keys or holes and frets to black and white notes in music books before being able to play their favourite song can dampen a student’s enthusiasm. Some may even become frustrated and give up their dream of playing. However, a new teaching system using colours allows students of all ages to learn how to play a song quickly, sometimes by the end of their first lesson.
The colour method provides an accelerated learning experience for all students that encourages further studies in repertoire and technique. Most of us learn our colours at a very early age with a very high level of confidence. A to G intelligently utilizes colour to make repeated melodies and motives more recognizable and really helps students put a face to the music they are looking at.
A to G takes full advantage of colour, without over-doing it like other methods, which often colour every single note which becomes just as hard to read as standard notation. The colour corresponds to the same coloured note in the student’s sheet music or music book. Because the song to be played is known by the student, learning is even easier. By matching the coloured stickers to the coloured notes, beginners learn to play songs quickly/.
If you want to learn to play an instrument using A to G’s colour method, contact A to G Mobile Music. Our talented, trained instructors are eager to work with you!