Welcome to the Music Innovator's Workshop

Hi! It's a pleasure to welcome you to our website. I'm John M. Honeycutt, better known to my students as "Grampa John". Along with my talented associates, we hope that your visit will be a pleasant and productive one.

What is the Music Innovator's Workshop?
First, this is a free site. There are no charges of any kind. We have nothing to sell.

The Music Innovator's Workshop
is a research and development project that aims at providing
effective alternatives for teaching and learning keyboard music 
through innovations in music notation and teaching methods.

 The main results of this research are four series of 
keyboard preparatory instructional materials 
along with several thousand pages of sheet music 
in three innovative keyboard notations - 
all of which are easier to learn to read 
than traditional music notation.
Along with our desire to make music notation easier to learn is the conviction that music notation is a worthy visual art form as well as a practical means of conveying what sounds to play. Every effort has been made to make these music notation alternatives beautiful and interesting - a joy to see as well as to hear.

This site is a way of sharing the benefits of these alternatives with my students - and with anyone else who may have an interest in them.   

The following link will take you
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Some 50 years ago, as an industrial engineer with a music degree, I was commissioned to write a textbook on time and motion study - about the ways that we move our hands and fingers to build things. This led me to thinking about how reading musical notes guides your hands and fingers on the piano and other keyboards. I've been thinking about this (and experimenting) ever since. Industrial engineers know - THERE'S ALWAYS A BETTER WAY! So I thought, if there are better ways to learn and play the keyboard - let's find and develop them. Now, it's 50 years later, and results are in. You will find innovative and effective keyboard notations, learning materials, and sheet music on this site.

Our Alternatives to Traditional Instruction and Notation - As you read on, you will see that developments include three keyboard notation versions that make learning to play the piano or other keyboard instruments less stressful than learning with traditional notation. HOWEVER, this does NOT imply that we are trying to replace traditional notation. Traditional notation is the GOLD STANDARD of notations. We want all keyboard players to learn to read and play from traditional notation. It's just that we don't believe that learning to play the keyboard and learning to read traditional notation at the same time is the best way to go.

The notations and instruction presented in this site are preparatory in nature. Each level of notation and instruction prepares for the next level - and all are preparatory to playing and reading from traditional notation. They enable students to learn to PLAY the keyboard before needing to learn to read traditional notation. They are alternatives to learning to PLAY the keyboard at-the-same-time that one is learning to READ traditional notation, which is very, very hard to do. In summary, our alternative notations are less difficult to read, greatly reduce student stress, and enable students to learn to play easy songs and pieces in a much shorter period of time.

To see examples of our notational versions, click on the link to MIW-10 at the bottom of this page.

For a summary listing (6 pages) of the instructional units and sheet music available on this site, click on the link to MIW-15 at the bottom of this page. (This is just a list. It does NOT take you to the music.)

Navigating This Website

Words/phrases with colored text (NOT colored backgrounds)
 - are links to other pages. To activate, just click on them.

Because of the large volume of material on this site, be sure to make use of the navigation bar (across the top of each page) and the Directory! They will help you avoid getting lost among  pages that interest you the least.

Viewing and Obtaining Our Instructional Materials and Sheet Music: The links to these materials are found at the end of each page offering them. Click on the name of the file to see it in a Google viewer. Click on the down arrow at the end of the link to go directly to a pdf copy of the file. Then, clicking a back arrow will return you directly to this site. The links below are examples of this. Clicking on them will display the pages of these units. Click the back arrow to return to this page.

John Honeycutt,
Sep 26, 2015, 11:21 PM