Project Description

The Sayre Series™

The Sayre Series™
The Sayre Series™ is a collection of musicianship workbooks for cultivating basic musicianship in early-to-intermediate-level music students (of all ages). The genesis of The Sayre Series™ wasn’t exactly intentional, but it wasn’t quite accidental either; rather, it was something in between. I’d been creating materials for cultivating well-rounded musicianship with my students for decades — mostly because I had a hard time finding effective existing materials — and colleagues increasingly asked for copies of the things that I made. Consequently, I gradually organized, reworked, and expanded my teaching materials into two large-scale, formal works: The Sayre Series™ and The American Musicianship Suite™.
The Sayre Series™ now provides teachers and students with an array of valuable musicianship materials for use in tandem with, and as companion to, the great range and variety of available instrumental methods. The Sayre Series™ is designed with four objectives:
  1. Facilitate substantive general music education
  2. Unify study of applied instrumental lessons, ear-training, and music theory
  3. Bridge pedagogic disconnect among various musical instruments, teachers, and curricula
  4. Support collaboration between and among students, teachers, private lessons, group lessons, classrooms, and ensembles
Educational Philosophy

The Sayre Series™ is constructed with three fundamental principles:

  1. Integrated presentation of the materials of music
  2. Organic growth of awareness and skill methodically cultivated over time
  3. Active, synergistic engagement and reinforcement through multiple, varied stimuli
Mission Statement

The Sayre Series™ mission is to strengthen general public education, facilitate and support cultural enrichment for all, and elevate musical pedagogy.


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