Music Theory Revolution | Bastien Sannac | TEDxCentraleNantes

  • Published on May 5, 2015
  • Bastien Sannac recently got back a taste for music after discovering a new approach angle to it, opposed to the one chosen in conservatories. He presents his new approach based on hearing and emotions.
    Bastien Sannac is both an entrepreneur and a musician. He invented a new approach to learning music with his start-up Meludia.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 20

  • bill wesley
    bill wesley 2 months ago

    Perfect, agreed 100%

  • Amrit Adhikari
    Amrit Adhikari 5 months ago

    Oh! He was saying "focus". Now I know.

    Or, was it?

  • hipchickmck
    hipchickmck 6 months ago

    This is the basis of the Suzuki method. He called it the "mother tongue" method. You're totally onto something, but it's not new, he published this over 50 years ago, and it's taught world-wide.

  • bill wesley
    bill wesley Year ago

    Every person who speaks with feeling is making music, the emotional conveyance does not depend on word meaning but on tone and tempo of voice which can be read for feeling in languages the listener does not know. This operates like facial expression which is universally understood and so can not have been conditioned by culture or language. Absolutely no one worries that they don't have the capacity to regulate their voice to express feeling, its automatic and innate even for an infant without language because an infant still communicates emotional states by regulating tones and tempos of voice. This means musical instruments allow artists to imitate the voice in the same way that puppets allow artists to imitate facial expressions and body language. Since we are already musically cognizant in terms of the voice all we need do is apply what we already know to other than the voice.

  • Not Nice
    Not Nice Year ago

    This is illuminati fr i play guitar to songs by ear it isnt always ok just listen to music like they are talking to you and play one string scales scary stuff i swear!

  • Firly Official
    Firly Official Year ago +2

    James McAvoy trying to role as a French guy. Great information!

  • Music from Marrs
    Music from Marrs Year ago +2

    This is the notion behind the Suzuki method of teaching music: musicians should learn music as they would any language. There are many ways of tangling the learning process in this manner - Suzuki, this way, the way colleagues of mine do this. Take the notion of hearing and experiencing the language of music first, and then explore how we represent this on paper. The representation on paper (or computer screen) allows us to share our explorations with others across the globe.


    Select the instrument you want to play. Watch how others do it on RU-clip. Learn how others tune their instrument. Put on the radio. Imitate and listen to the sounds you make. If it doesn't sound correct, try something else, until it sounds right. You will gradually train your memory and sensitivity. It is as easy as that. You will get to a good level doing that. Now, if you care about preventing injuries to hands, and want to read notes (which is not necessary to play or learn to play music) go to a music school and learn from an old teacher who is still able to play without complaining about arthritis.

  • Aspirative Music Production

    My parents were the five percent than.

  • Eric H
    Eric H Year ago +4

    I have been using this program for a couple weeks now. I started after I watch this video. I am hearing a difference! It has music more palpable to me. It is helping me to better write music to convey what it is I want to convey.

  • danieltv123
    danieltv123 Year ago +4

    This is more and ad. The message is train your ears, or musical perception first. Nothing really new. There are a couple of softwares that do that like Ear Master.

  • fingersfingersthumb
    fingersfingersthumb Year ago +1

    Why Music Learning should be any different from learning our first language ?
    This is so true, yet few people realise this. Please check out Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory, i mean it. Do it. There is a series of videos of youtube in which he overviews this theory.

    • thepianoplayer416
      thepianoplayer416 Year ago

      Playing by ear is nothing new. It is something taught by Shinichi Suzuki of Japan (founder of the Suzuki approach) more than 50 years ago.
      The problem is that a lot of us got enrolled by our parents into a music program as an academic exercise. We just practice at home week after week and besides family members, only the teacher would hear us play. Like somebody who would go to a Spanish class every week but doesn't get to the point of communicating with Spanish natives. Many of us took lessons with no expectation of performing anywhere. We would spend a lot of time learning pieces but not to the point of being comfortable playing even an easy song like "Happy Birthday" at a party... sad but true...

  • icychick liu
    icychick liu Year ago +2

    cool, very good way to learn music theory for beginer

  • Eric H
    Eric H Year ago +5

    I know exactly what he is talking about! I thought the same thing after a while and started to train my ear. Why do you think Ear training is so mandatory for music students in college? Opening up my ear has opened a whole new world of music to me and has speed up my learning, memorization, expressiveness, well everything music related. Music is a hearing are. The better your ear the better you can become just like he said. The better you can see the better you can paint a picture. Everything in music builds off of you ear. If our brains are wired to learn language (music being a language) the way they are and we have experience learning the way he explains, then what better way to learn! Music is the language of the heart/emotion. You have to involve emotion. The current way way of learning music, incorporating emotion comes last not first. This video is awesome!

    • Eric H
      Eric H Year ago +1

      I have been using this program for a couple weeks now and it has definitely improved how i hear music! this is so cool!

  • Joshua Serra
    Joshua Serra Year ago +6

    learning our own language is so nature-ral

  • Cláudia Montenegro
    Cláudia Montenegro Year ago +3

    great job!!! congrats!!

  • Ivan Korablev-Dyson
    Ivan Korablev-Dyson 2 years ago +13

    This talk suggests an interesting idea of FIRST learning to speak and understand the language, and THEN to read or write. I would really love to start with those exercises! Because this sounds like a great approach to learning music. I started learning music couple of years ago (having no musical education or experience at all), and I started with music theory and solfeggio and books (so I started with reading and writing), because they seem to be the de facto standard of where to start, and I simply did not know of the other ways of learning music. But this approach seems to be more fun and engaging and intuitive! Thank you for addressing the problem and also providing a solution!

  • OjoRojo40
    OjoRojo40 2 years ago +7

    New revolutionary music system, call now!