continued Benedetti had the same experience with his son who wanted to learn drums, and since the two had already been business partners in the past it made sense to embark on a new adventure that would benefit their children and others who were also passionate but discouraged about learning music.
“We use what we call a song-based approach. What that means is that we’ll have a student come in who wants to play guitar. The very first thing we ask them is, ‘Who is your favorite artist?’ A lot of the girls will want to learn something by Taylor Swift so we’ll teach them a very simplified version of a Taylor Swift song,” said Denis.
Not only are students learning theory and scales within those songs, but they’re playing the music they love. It’s the context that the lessons are presented in that make the difference, Denis said. He calls it an applied method. For instance, if a student is having a tough time going from one chord to another within a song, there is a practice scale that can make it easier.
Denis says that for most people to stay involved with music it has to be rewarding, and that is what Modern Day Music is all about. Feedback he gets from parents and students alike is very positive.
Maura Clough’s daughter Ann, a seventh grader, had taken piano lessons for years, but started losing interest in learning the standards through school. After starting lessons at Modern Day Music though, she has learned to read and play music.
“She wanted to learn the songs she was hearing on the radio. We went to Modern Day Music’s open house and she signed up for lessons the very next week and has absolutely loved it. She takes one on one coaching instruction and is now part of the newly formed rock school band. …She learned how to personalize a song, it’s been a totally different experience,” said Clough.