For years I have been fascinated by patterns and the connection between music and math. For most of the time my two daughters were growing up, I sat in weekly Suzuki Violin lessons with them – taking copious notes as all “good Suzuki moms” do. As I sat and listened, and I realized that while my girls were fortunate to have music lessons, not every child had that opportunity. I began to think about ways that a student with no previous music experience could experience the joy of making music, and I wondered how I could use my math background to make that happen.
As I listened to my daughters play at their many violin lessons, I marveled at how many songs could be played with just eight notes. I began to contemplate ways that a beginning musician could have an easy start to understanding how music patterns work, and this contemplation lead me to author a series of music pattern song books entitled Popular 8 Note Songs that I published a few years ago.
In addition to creating new music pattern books, I taught myself how to be an importer and a package designer, and I created a new product line of musical instruments including precision tuned xylophones, rhythm sets and other items. It was a fun project, but I came to the conclusion that my heart is really in teaching students rather than running a product business, and I have let the importing and (for the most part) product part of this experience go.
Students have different learning styles, and although the colored music patterns in the Popular 8 Note Songs books are very helpful for students who have a visual learning style, I knew that I needed to create something to help the auditory learners as well. There are now free audio tracks of all the songs in all of the books available online at www.UpadoUnlimited.com
Wishing you joy on the journey,