As a Future Educator of Music, I am Inspired by the Benedictine Monk, Guido Arentinus

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Educators are set in place to guide us through a thorough understanding of a subject, and give us enough information to suffice without their immediate guidance. In piano class, our Professors have been taught to use specific methods on breaking down the skills to becoming a pianist. From scales to score reading, all of the lessons are used to gain a sustainable amount of self knowledge to plunk out notes for our future choirs or assist our own rehearsals in a practice room. Guido of Arezzo, musical therapist, pedagogue and author of Micrologus suggested a lack of common knowledge is one of the main causes for an individual to not put forth the appropriate efforts to achieve a perfect understanding of the task. Guido Arentinus began…show more content…
Guido created a learning tool for the singers to use as a visual reference during their practice times known as the Guidonian Hand. The letter name of the note and syllable were placed on a joint of the singers hand to help with the memory process of a chant, and the visualization of the interval at which the notes were sequenced. Another invention Guido took part of was the beginning to musical notation. He knew he needed a uniform visual reference, that once you have gained the proper knowledge of interpretation, could be used in every church under the rule. Notation prior to Guido's invention was not beneficial to a singer who has not yet heard the chant or melody before. His musical notation included colors, lines, and clefs that specified the size of the intervals and distinct pitch. As a future educator of music, I find myself very inspired by Guido's passion to further his pupils musical education, even if their destinies did not foresee them becoming musicians. Although I may have more musical knowledge than the singers in 1025, I understood his concepts clearly and was able to relate them to modern day methods we use today. When I was first learning how to read music, we were taught solfege to learn the different placements of intervals and pitches, just as singers in the Medieval era did with Guido's solmization syllables. These

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