~ understanding your music / u y m © ~

~ learning music together ~

~ find a mentor ~

~ star date ~ 01012022 ~

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Welcome ! Thanks for your interest in this new music education project. For starting spring semester 2022, this new e-book begins its journey to bring musicians and artists throughout Alaska's communities, and even to global points beyond, together through a mutual love of music and art. Reaching far and wide through the internet magics, new learners, seasoned players and those in academia can all collaborate together with this e-book curriculum, for learning the roots and branches of Americana musics. Please join in !

Learning at home, to formal school and up through to the university level, where our new arts teachers are inspired and trained in teaching methods, this e-book and cyberschool encourages a creating and strengthening of friendships and community through a curriculum of the musical arts, helping younger learners to create a vision of their own careers in music and the world of the fine arts that are energized by the magics of music; in dance, stage and theatrical productions, and in the composing and writing of new works knowing that ...

"All music was once new."

Mentor guided, self empowered learning with a 'zooming' upgrade. Today, the complete UYM / EMG curriculum is available on the web for everyone to freely share. Written to be fully self empowering by one's own love of making music and developing through the years of playing, this study is designed to answer the questions that come along by our own curiosities as we get better at our craft.

Mentors. To this self guided basis we can add our mentors, both in our own communities and regional areas. For in curious learning, once a new question is imagined, then it can be written, and in our modern day e-book, passed along to friends, mentors and the community of artists our studies create, for clues to find answers, to build our own way of knowing of a topic.

Accomplished musicians involved in teaching can become a mentor of this curriculum for their students. Posted up on the web, simply locate the topics of interest for your students and send the page's link along. A teacher's video is under production for explaining both the structure of the curriculum and it's philosophy of music theory, and its relation to the full spectrum of our Americana styles and genres of music.

And any teacher or mentor is welcome to e-mail write me for help in any way to encourage the use and sharing of music theory and help in finding a mentor. As this curriculum is just now emerging, be a part of something global new with roots to the beginning ... while bouncing off Wikipedia to points beyond.

The 'zooming' upgrade. Emerging now in 2022 with a more robust online learning platform than we've ever had before, we can add video zooming to all of our studies, explorations and collaborations, work with mentors both near to us near and far beyond the horizons.

Need help ? And as this e-book gets populated through our public library system, and references links to our State University Arts programs, with a few clicks we can begin to enter formal training in music. Then its up to each of us to learn, to take responsibility for our own education, knowing 'sky's the limit' as we reach for the stars :) Ask your librarian for help in obtaining a copy for your library.

teacher's video ( under construction )

Mentor guided, self empowered learning with a 'zooming' upgrade. Today, the complete UYM / EMG curriculum is available on the web for everyone to freely share. Written to be fully self empowering by one's own love of making music and developing through the years of playing, this study is designed to answer the questions that come along by our own curiosities as we get better at our craft.

Mentors. To this self guided basis we can add our mentors, both in our own communities and regional areas. For in curious learning, once a new question is imagined, then it can be written, and in our modern day e-book, passed along to friends, mentors and the community of artists our studies create, for clues to find answers, to build our own way of knowing of a topic.

Accomplished musicians involved in teaching can become a mentor of this curriculum for their students. Posted up on the web, simply locate the topics of interest for your students and send the page's link along. A teacher's video is under production for explaining both the structure of the curriculum and it's philosophy of music theory, and its relation to the full spectrum of our Americana styles and genres of music.

The 'zooming' upgrade. Emerging now in 2022 with a more robust online learning platform than we've ever had before, we can add video zooming to all of our studies, explorations and collaborations, work with mentors both near to us near and far beyond the horizons.

Need help ? And as this e-book gets populated through our public library system, and references links to our State University Arts programs, with a few clicks we can begin to enter formal training in music. Then its up to each of us to learn, to take responsibility for our own education, knowing 'sky's the limit' as we reach for the stars :) Ask your librarian for help in obtaining a copy for your library.

teacher's video ( under construction )

"As we grow this community." As this is a new approach and philosophy of how to learn and understand the now 'age old' basics of music theory, please contact me directly for help in implementing this program of study, wherever you are. For all of the above mentioned ways to connect your musical studies can reach me and my music associates for help along the way.

And please contact me personally if you are interested in obtaining a physical copy of UYM / EMG for your own personal library. For the book is cover to cover inclusive and needs no internet connectivity to perfectly function as designed, and it'll generally run faster and more efficiently off line. Purchase includes physical delivery costs and a introductory lesson with Jacmuse and staff.

Begin by e-mail to purchase an e-book for yourself or a musical artistic friend of yours, if you have any questions about this program and to arrange for a day and time appointment for a phone call or zoom lesson session. Thank you.

And all in "fair use." The contents of this e-book, UYM / EMG is copyrighted to its author Joe Craig, having # TXU-002186224/2020-02-18. It's content is provided today free on-line, and all its contents to be freely shared through the educational aspects generally included in the legal copyright principles of a 'fair use' doctrine.

How this e-book works. Just ask yourself ...

'What is it about music I want to better understand ?'

Such as ...

'What is meant by 4/4 ...?

or ...

'Do the musical notes have different colors ... ?

or ...

'What's a 12 bar blues ?'

or ...

'In what ways are Americana jazz and Euro classical music similar in compositional components of 32 bar sonata allegro song form ?'

or ...

Is 'forward motion' about thinking ahead in time?

or ... ?

Empowered by curiosity. Once self curiosity empowered, this e-book uses the magical hyperlink of music vocabulary words to lead you on a pathway of discovering the histories and theory of your own musical interests. Along the way building music knowledge of the wide spectrum of styles and genres of our Americana musics.

Curriculums and mentors. This text contains four study pathways. These self guided curriculums can be augmented by an online community of musicians in Alaska, based through this e-book, or even world wide, both through the web.

Audio sounds / playback. And whatever we come across in theory that gets notated in music notation symbols, it has an .mp3 file for playback through your computer's speaker system. Mouse click this example to go into the e-book, then click it again to hear the playback file please.

There's 2,140 audio examples in the complete book. Luckily and thanks to me bro Colin, who wrote the java 'js' file, audio playback of the standard notation is 'click and play', adding in the 'learn to read music' feature built right into any old e-book.

How we learn. Combining our curiosities of today with what we already know, is a good way for our learning to go :) Termed in theory our 'existing information', once we a toehold, it's up to each of us. With mentoring, all can blossom into a lifetime of learning for something we are passionate about.

Tis' a truth in our learning beyond measure, that endeavors we seek can bring pleasure, success brings a yes and starts a new quest and learning renews on forever :)

So if curiosity stokes your learning, and music is a passion for you, this book is perfect for you. For it's a puzzle of sorts, with a perfect closure of topics; of pitches and chords and numbers, forms and patterns and more, that will always loop back to their origin pitches through perfection from nature, to illuminate what brings Americana musical arts to life.

How we each learn plus 'to learn by rote.' Once we take responsibility for our own education, the rest comes along at the proper pace for each of us, as our natural artistic sense comes along through study.

While e-book curriculums can include distance learning peers and mentors to help when needed, the rote core of this curriculum creates individualized instruction, fortified by rote memorization through writing, verbal and measures of musical vocabulary.

Knowing by rote often translates into knowing forever, in learning basics of all topics, here our tasking is to weave 'some rote' into each learner's personal curriculum. Taking into account their own focus in style and rhythm.

That's why we do it. We 'rote up' because we know it works, and has worked for generations now. For the same seven letter names;

' A B C D E F G A ... '

... have been with all our music styles all along now.

These seven letters we can spell a ton of essential coolness of understanding that 'schooled' musicians can freely share in communicating ideas in language and vocabulary shared by millions of artists.

'Within a local universe.' Know this e-book was originally designed to be a stand alone curriculum. A purchased copy from the author requires no further internet access to fully function, written thus to insure the learner's own privacy on their computer platform.

Hosting this e-book with an 'on line' computer brings the learner into the Understand Your Music on-line community and through suggested links to 'wiki', which dramatically broaden it's learning and research horizons.

Topical references to wiki pages are included, but these links are not active. They're elective choices that each internet capable reader can choose. This is done by mouse clicks; highlight / search etc. This one magical capability moves our discussions far far far beyond the realm of this e-book, into the endlessly fascinating historical and reference library for the musical arts and beyond, for the curious reader. You choose :)

So ... pick and click and off ya go, no worries about getting lost or where you go. Learn by rote the basics here and you'll forever have and hold them near, to build songs and symphonies make jams and the blues, to share freely with all and make music again anew.

02.22.2022
"Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going."
wiki ~ Jim Ryun
"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."
wiki ~ Duke Ellington ~