Music Aptitude Development
Didactic methodology for music teaching


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In 2012 Jam Academy first introduced in her courses the new teaching methods of the Music Aptitude Development (M.A.D.) system. In this method the persos doing music is seen as a whole, as doing music is a complex endavour concerning both physical and psychological abilities. The core assumption of this method are the following:

1Making music is an activity that concerns different very important aspects of a person: Rational thinking, creativity, emotional and bodily awareness.

2The skills involved are not strictly bound to the specific nature of the musical endeavour, but more relevant to the funcioning of the person as a whole.

3Modern music is completely different from classical music and requires completely different teaching methodologies and learning procedures.

The M.A.D. innovation resides in the training of such skills necessary to be able to perform music. Music Aptitude Development is designed to teach modern music and as such is unburdened of old legacies resinding in the traditional teachings of written and classical music.

It is clear that modern teaching methods are in dire need of new ways and procedures. We strongly believe that one can only learn how to make music from teachers that actually make music and that never stop studying and developing their skills. Music teaching is, to us, a serious business concerning every aspect of a person.

The core concept is to work on motor skills, coordination, preception, immagination and very few knowledge concepts that are founding to the modern music. Everyone learns to sing, move in time, play the piano. Everyone has a profound knowledge of the modern harmony. Everyone studies composition and arranging, and so on. The difference is in how those skills are developed and how they fit and cooperate with each other. There is no talent, only hard work. Our students are prepared musicians, self aware artists and effective teachers, but among other things they are made whole by the discovery of many skills and parts of them they did not know.


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This methodology is developed from an in depth field research involving a number of professionals from very distant arease that embraced the idea of the founder, Valerio Silvestro and the co-founder Loredana Lubrano, responsible for the vocal teaching department.

Inspired by top notch names of modern teaching (Charlie Banakos, Gerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, Danilo Perez), M.A.D. promoted many experiments in music schools, aiming to develop a more emotionally self aware musician, discovering sounds, his own voice and his proprioception.

M.A.D. roots lie in this constant research and in the continous advancement brought by new discoveries, and this is the reason why this methodology is now used in many schools in Italy.