At Sparrow, we provide free, year-round music instruction to children and youth living in the Payatas community of Quezon City, Philippines. We incorporate a comprehensive curriculum into our students’ learning experience that includes instrument-specific practice techniques as well as performance repertoire covering various composers and styles. We currently offer classes in music theory, piano, guitar, and voice.
Before admission to the program, each student must undergo an assessment and evaluation by staff. All Sparrow students concurrently studying music theory in efforst to build and maintain a strong foundation of fundamentals. While each class studies repertoire unique to their instrument, all three classe place heavy emphasis on major and minor scale studies, note recognition, as well as both harmonic and melodic dictation as part of the curriculum.
The latter of these, harmonic and melodic dictation, are paramount to the musical development of any student, as dictation exercises train the ear to recognize and identify note values, rhythms, and pitches, even within harmonies. With repetition, these practices are ultimately aimed at training the student to be able to recite and write what he or she hears on the musical staff.
Functional tonality, a concept pioneered primarily by Johan Sebastian Bach during the Baroque period, is the cornerstone of musical instruction and education at Sparrow. Bach laid the foundation for many musicians, composers and performers alike, that would come long after him, all over the world, even the Philippines.