Learn the language of music with Gregory Charles

 

The G.P.S. Method

A method that works

With its unique method, Gregory’s Academy teaches you the language of music thanks to an instinctive, motivating music teaching system supported by encouraging interactive follow-up and feedback.

The Gregory Piano System is an intuitive method for locating notes. This method was taught to Gregory by his mother when he was just 7 years old.

Some History

Gregory’s mother had a clear opinion on how to teach music. This opinion was the result of her own learning experience, an experience which had initially made her hate music… although only temporarily.

His mother was tiny, a little less than five feet tall. This meant she had very small hands and fingers. The method imposed on her by the nuns at her school required her to practice with scales over two octaves, and arpeggios over four octaves. This made her very frustrated. Her tiny hands made things difficult for her, and she never really understood what the point of all those dexterity exercises was.

Another contributing factor to her innovative method of teaching was the fact that her own mother, Gregory’s grandmother, was an organist in their small village. She taught her daughter how to transpose music on the keyboard. Transposing gives you the ability to play in every key,

Transposing well is not simply a question of reading music. It requires the ability to understand the position of the notes in a key, and to comprehend the nature of chords and their progression in a work. This facilitates the reproduction of the melodic and harmonic effects of the original key in the new key. Gregory’s mother worked out that transposing was the equivalent of finding your bearings geographically in music.

From then on, she started listening to music, and reading it, differently. She was no longer searching for notes, but rather looking to understand chord progressions and melodic outlines.

Gregory’s mother said, ''Learning music is like learning
a sport at a high level. It takes three things to be successful.''

 

Listening


You learn the language of music just like you learn your mother tongue. We listen, we accumulate words, and then we add to our vocabulary on a daily basis. Later, we learn to write. By listening and trying to understand vocabulary, we can improvise sentences and express our thoughts. In music, as in a spoken language, it is not the words and their composition that attract us initially, but the ideas expressed. In this same manner, the Gregory’s Academy courses let you to learn music without the need to go through a classical approach based on reading and theory.

 

Practice


The G.P.S. method encourages daily practice of your instrument for a minimum of 10 minutes, and we mean every day.

 

Sharing


Analysis and feedback should be an integral part of the learning process. It is important to record and listen to the results of your practice, to play for a loved one, a relative or a friend, or to share your progress and your challenges with others.

An Academicians’ discussion forum and virtual meeting sessions with Gregory Charles, are both available to help you in your music learning process. We encourage you to use them to ask questions related to the concepts learned during your course. Comments received and shared will greatly help with your progress.

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