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 three 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.

Our sites are a way of sharing the benefits of these alternatives with my students - and with anyone else who may have an interest in them.   

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 notations 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.

For further information about MIW and to see examples of our notational versions, click on this Link: Intro to the Music Innovator's Workshop 

John Honeycutt,
Jan 20, 2018, 5:35 PM