What are the Universal Basics of All Music Expression?

Music Basics Superpowers Overview

When I first began working seriously on Natural Music Expression (in early 2015) I often thought to myself, "What are the universal music basics that all students need to learn?" I knew that for a curriculum to match or exceed the value of any other out there that it could not lack in any important foundation.

At first, I succeeded in making a workbook for children as young as 3. Even though it did indeed progress the student through very elementary ideas that are crucial, it wasn't as comprehensive as the materials I've made for ages 6 and up. A great deal of piano teachers won't accept students younger than 7. It is because they have relied upon a note-reading system that also takes into consideration exact "rhythm" the student must immediately learn. Yet my system is based on one's natural rhythm and is not concerned with knowing such concepts as "quarter note", "half note", "whole note", etc.  Those percussion ideas are introduced much later.

With Universal Music Basics in mind, I narrowed down lessons to the following 22 lessons:

  1. Happy and Sad Color Sounds
  2. Major and Minor Chords
  3. Numbers and Colors (the language through which Natural Music Expression communicates musical thoughts)
  4. Chord Pattern 1,4,5,4
  5. Chord Pattern 1,5,6,4
  6. Chord Pattern 1,6,4,5
  7. Chord Pattern 1,5,4,5
  8. All Major Chord Inversions
  9. All Minor Chord Inversions
  10. Sharps, Flats, and Intervals
  11. C Major/Minor Scales
  12. D Major/Minor Scales
  13. E Major/Minor Scales
  14. F Major/Minor Scales
  15. G Major/Minor Scales
  16. A Major/Minor Scales
  17. B Major/Minor Scales
  18. C# Major/Minor Scales
  19. D# Major/Minor Scales
  20. F# Major/Minor Scales
  21. G# Major/Minor Scales
  22. A# Major/Minor Scales

So there you have it - all music basics! One could most likely argue all day what are the best and "right" musical concepts to introduce to beginner students. Here's the truth though; even intermediate and advanced students should review all the music basics I've listed. They are foundational and crucial toward maintenance of hand eye coordination/motor skills.

Sometimes when I share to people for the first time that Natural Music Expression does not use "traditional notation" to teach, they can become offended. Often they think that it means a student will be robbed of proper technique or even of rudimentary vital learning. Yet those assumptions couldn't be further from the truth.  The vast difference between the way music theory is introduced through our method and that of note reading approaches is that an instructor could choose to show lesson #22 right away and the student will have an amazing chance at learning an A# Scale on their first day of class! Yet, the order through which I chose to introduce the lessons reflects the general idea of "fun vs. boring".

The 22 Powers of Music Basics Superpowers entails letting students experience the "fun" aspects of music making first, and then what could be considered the "boring" parts last. Yet there is an extra positive motivating factor installed within the proprietary color/number approach implemented.  When students start seeing the relationship between The Hard Scales and the Easy Chords they already learned before lesson #10 (Sharps, Flats, and Intervals), the true magic of their natural creativity is unleashed!

Founder - Natural Music Expression,

Ryan David Dwyer

Founder Ryan David Dwyer

About ryandaviddwyer

Ryan David Dwyer is an instrumental and lyrical songwriter who rebelled against note reading in favor of creative manifestation. He is the founder of Natural Music Expression.

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