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The Semper Method of Music Study

What you will learn:

Whether you take piano lessons or voice or are working on your performance skills, to accomplish your goals, these are some of the things you will need to learn, from me or anyone else. We have assignments and monitor progress as we go.

The Building Blocks

The elements of any music

  1. melody

  2. harmony

  3. rhythm

  4. form

  5. soul

Our method: Listen, Sing, Play, Clap, Read, Write

  1. First, you always listen.

  2. You learn where the notes are.

  3. Then play all the scales, so we have fingering to move about the keyboard with ease.

  4. From the scales, you learn the intervals that make them up- i.e. the intervals of a major scale are TTS-TTTS from any starting note.

  5. Then you can see what a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and octave look like.

  6. From here we construct chords, the harmony that supports the melody

  7. Now you can practice ear training, knowing what the intervals and chords sound like.

  8. By this point, you are more fluent at understanding melodies you hear. You are listening with different ears, not just hearing the music.

  9. Practice reading all sorts of music that you like: this develops versatility-and is great fun

  10. Always practice singing everything you play, so you hear the melody in your head.

  11. All through our study you will clap different patterns with a metronome (free phone app) so that you develop that impeccable sense of time. (Sorry, but the old-school metronomes are all inaccurate. Must use digital here.)

You will also learn

  1. The significance of fingering and have an appreciable amount of dexterity on all the scales, with correct fingering. (the Brown scale book)

  2. Good independence, right/left

  3. Excellent relative pitch; retain the correlation between the vocal muscles and the vibration required to recreate the pitch.

  4. A very accurate sense of time. We will refine this to a high level. Then relax it to include the pocket, the groove, the soul of the piece

  5. A solid work ethic, as you seek and find deeper involvement in music


You will be able to hear a melody, know what the chords are, find the root,  jot down a chord chart, fill in the melody and play it. You will be able to hear and capture the emotion of a piece. Best of all, you will know how to improvise an accompaniment to your melody line, in a most intuitive and fluid musical fashion. You will be able to open almost any music and read it as well. Sight reading of reasonable material is important. It takes some practice but yields great results.

The end result is you can hear almost any song and re-create your own version of it or get the music and read it accurately. Either way, you will not merely reproduce it mechanically. You will be able to interpret many kinds of music with soul, with feeling. You will identify, capture and convey the emotion. It will enrich your life and those of anyone who hears you play.

A keyboard should be an irresistible invitation, not an formidable barrier to cross.


And so...

Taking people out of their comfort zone is the path to growth.

If a seed had remained a seed, you couldn’t wiggle your toes in the grass.

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