WHAT IS AN AudioMap?
AudioMaps represent the events of an entire musical movement on a couple of pages. You can learn to read them in about 15 minutes and then follow the music with the same comprehension and enjoyment as the musicians playing it. 

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Why is it that we can sit through a 90 minute film with complete focus and attention, yet discover our mind constantly wandering during even a ten minute piece of music? The answer: we have lost the skill to follow musical ideas. Imagine how hard it would be to focus attention if that 90 minute film was in a foreign language without subtitles. Yet that is the reality for most of us at classical concerts.

 

 

I remember how difficult it was at first for me to listen and comprehend classical music. As a child, I was bored out of my mind. Later, like most people, I would wait for my 'favorite parts' to happen and pretty much zone out before and after. Becoming a composer changed all of that. I can follow musical ideas and structure as easily as watching a film and this skill has made music far more emotional and vital than just waiting for the 'good parts.'

 

My mission is to help other people hear with the same clarity. If classical music is to survive as a meaningful, vital part of our culture, it must have an emotionally enthusiastic audience that can understand and learn to recognize well written music. You don't need to be a musician to be able to follow musical ideas and I have developed a special tool to prove it.

 

I invented AudioMaps® to provide a window into the way a musical work progresses from beginning, to middle, to end. My idea was on a single page to represent an entire movement of music that someone could follow without having to know music notation. Since teaching classes on the Beethoven symphonies using my AudioMaps®, I've seen students after fifteen minutes being able to follow and understand music with a comprehension that usually takes months or years. 

 

AudioMaps® do not rely on musical notation, but rather on a simple series of connected boxes with thematic names to make the musical 'story' as clear as possible. AudioMaps® are read left to right. The top titles indicate the structural sections of the music. The boxes represent the musical themes and ideas--the shape of what we actually notice psychologically. Boxes can represent events that last only moments or events that last almost a minute! Beneath the boxes are standard Italian abbreviations to denote the changing loudness of the music

You can order my AudioMaps® to Beethoven Symphonies 1 and 5 on this website, either has hard copies or electronic Pdfs and mp3s.  In addition to the charts of the symphonies, the books both include charts for the most important forms of classical music.