Music theory? Instrument practice? Ear training? There’re so many ways to learn music nowadays that it is sometimes hard to know where to start. At Meludia, we are sure of one thing: ear training should be the first step for any musicians.
It is pretty risky to start music with music reading because you might end up having an analytical relation with sounds solely.
« I visually decode the symbols of the notes on the page and then press the corresponding key »
This method is relatively efficient at the beginning. Indeed, musicians who learn this way, are perfectly able to play a tune just by reading sheet music. However, they play it like robots, they don’t hear what they read. Even worse, they don’t feel it. They just play mechanically on their instruments and they are totally cut off from their « inner voice ».
In the long run, this method is pretty vain and frustrating because it forgets what is essential in music.
Meludia aims at bringing sensations and feelings back into music learning. We tell you why below.
The ear before the eye
In the beginning of their life, children have a perceptive and emotional tie to their mother tongue. They are immersed in it. This way, they are able to speak fluently very early. It is only at 5 or 6 years old that children are ready to learn reading and writing.
The core of Meludia pedagogical principles are based on this simple observation. In sum, one should learn music listening before score reading. The ear before the eye.
It is the best way to mentally internalize the sounds. Because once your « inner voice » is on, you not only play what is written on the score, you give meaning to it. Music notation is only the skeleton of music, it doesn’t represent all its nuances.
The acquisition of these fundamental skills will allow a much better representation of music and thus ease the musician evolution towards greater expressiveness and creativity!