What ‘Soft Way to Mozart’ actually mean?
Soft Way to Mozart is a call to bring back classical music to our society through gentle teaching with the help of digital technologies.
Music of the 18th century was different from that of today. It had more notes and did not require lyrics. Compositions were given generic titles - sonatas, divertissements, minuets - but reflected a variety of moods and thoughts.
In spite of this (or, maybe, because of it), music was easy to understand without lyrics by everyone. Professional musicians and composers were in demand.
Today those times seem far gone, as modern music is so simplified and repetitive that it does not require as much imagination or memory from a listener as it did before.
This significantly impoverishes human brain.
This problem originated a thousand years ago and looks like a glitch in a system of music culture.
Be your own judge:
Approximately, at the beginning of the 11th century, Guido de Arezzo invents music notation. He distributes notation symbols of single melody compositions on and between the lines according to the "lower-higher" rule of sound movement.
About five centuries later, the first keyboard instruments become popular in Europe. They are used to perform polyphonic music. Organ, harpsichord, and clavichord are designed in a way that the keys reflecting the sound according to the principle "higher-lower" are positioned "to the right - to the left".
As a result, this visual disconnect of music notation and a keyboard gradually makes music education accessible only to those who have natural music talent. They are the ones who are able to connect sounds with notes and keys relying on their ear. But those whose pitch need work, without reliance on visual perception, do not always achieve the desired results.
A few centuries later, demand for exceptionally talented musicians increases as no one else can fluently read and compose music.
Manifestation of exceptional genius in early childhood becomes a symbol of success.
In a family of a musician and pedagogue a wonder-boy - Wolfgang- is born.
Leopold Mozart, the boy's father, sees the potential of his talent and tries to help him develop it by studying with little Wolfgang daily.
A decade later society starts comparing every child with the genius of Mozart while the latter is still alive.
Beethoven's father beats up his son because he is not Mozart enough.
This gradually splits society into two groups: musically gifted and mediocre.
The absence of visual component in teaching music increases the gap between those two groups more and more.
In the middle of 20th century new sound recording technologies put a plethora of music choices in front of masses. Society starts investing money into the most basic music compositions that are easy to listen and understand. The same way that illiterate people prefer comic books.
Today, in the first half of the 21st century, we are witnessing mass degradation on music arena where complex musical compositions requiring focus and memorization skills are unpopular.
Soft Way to Mozart can be a solution for this long-standing problem.
Unifying music keys and music notes; turning a dry and unfriendly music sheet into friendly, responsive, and interactive.
Interaction between a beginner and "a music language native" through a synthesis of a digital instrument and computer helps every child tap into the potential of great little Mozart.
The problem of music degradation of today's society can be solved by using elementary, visual and interactive music notation.
It is not by chance that the first teacher of this music genius was his father - "a native of music language," who was ready to teach his son every hour of the day, just like a modern day interactive technology.