By Tirath Kaur
I love December. I mean, I absolutely HATE winter, but the giving spirit of the holidays is something I can definitely mess with, and it seems like our friends at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra are feeling extra giving this year.
The CPO is giving all Canadians the gift of music literacy for a whole year with free access to an online music education platform.
How does it work? Well, the CPO has teamed up with Meludia, a France-based music online learning platform, where you can access 625 interactive exercises. The best thing is that if you have a Canadian IP address, you can access all these exercises for free!
“Starting on December 6, 2017 and for a period of one year, unlimited access to the Meludia web application will be made available free of charge to every resident and visitor in Canada, a gift to the nation by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Rune Bergmann, who have made it their mission to encourage and nurture music literacy in Canada.” - Meludia.com
The program is based on 30 years of research conducted by French composer Vincent Chaintrier, and rather than focusing on reading music, the education is based on emotion and sensation, taken after how children learn how to speak languages.
“When we were little kids we learned to speak before we could read and we could write. Since the two abilities — language and music — are processed in a very similar way in our brains, we have developed a method that first brings the notion of the sensations and emotions, listening and imitating. That’s how you first learn the language of music.”
- Kevin Kleinmann, Vice-President of Meludia
Meludia includes three modules: ‘Discovery’, ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’, and is suitable for beginner and professional musicians who can develop and improve their ability to understand and listen to music through interactive and fun exercises.
This has to be the best way to start learning music; it is for sure on my bucket list of things to do in the New Year. To access the platform visit Meludia.
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