The American Musicianship Suite™

The American Musicianship Suite™ is a non-profit musicianship program/curriculum for pre-collegiate students that integrates ear-training, music theory, music history, and music appreciation. The ten-volume curriculum is available to schools, arts programs, and educational organizations though licensure.

I created the The American Musicianship Suite™ as a result of many years spent teaching an array of musical disciplines to exceptionally diverse students in a wide range of public and private venues. I had been creating materials for my students for decades — mostly because I had a hard time finding suitable existing materials — and colleagues increasingly asked for copies of the materials 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 quality, domestic origin, non-profit status, and unique pedagogical approach of The American Musicianship Suite™ make it uniquely valuable among similarly directed programs; unfortunately, the work is largely unknown. There is limited call for substantive music programs in The United States, and what little market there is has largely been captured by high-profile foreign brands and organizations with sophisticated marketing and funding.

Consequently, and regrettably, I “mothballed” the work several years ago and decided against investing further energy and time into it. The American Musicianship Suite™ now seems fated to obscurity and, eventually, oblivion. Nevertheless, I set out to create a comprehensive, domestic, non-profit musicianship curriculum of unparalleled quality specifically for pre-collegiate American students. Despite the work’s obscurity, I did my part.


The American Musicianship Suite™ is a non-profit educational organization that establishes a comprehensive musicianship curriculum for quality musicianship study in The United States of America. It effectively fills the pressing need for a domestic non-profit national program that standardizes substantive pre-collegiate musicianship training in The United States.

The American Musicianship Suite™ provides a rigorously cumulative and meticulously graduated, unbroken path for progressing from a rudimentary beginning to a highly sophisticated level of musical skill and awareness. It offers a powerful arts continuum that can bridge and enhance a wide range of pedagogical needs, and it is organized so that it may be adapted to various programs of study. The American Musicianship Suite provides teachers with unprecedented structure and clarity in teaching musicianship, and it supplies objective measurements of student achievement.

  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


The American Musicianship Suite™ is a comprehensive musicianship program integrating ear-training, music theory, music history, and music appreciation for serious pre-collegiate musical study. It is the quintessential ready-made course for systematically, formally and effectively cultivating the skills and awareness that comprise basic musicianship and musical literacy while developing awareness of musical style, history, and repertoire. The American Musicianship Suite™ is comprised of two parts — Part One: Beginning Musicianship™ and Part Two: Advanced Musicianship™.


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