Tonaal Gereedschap / Tonal Tools

Music education is evolving rapidly. Artistic and scientific developments broaden our view on musicality. Does traditional repertoire on tonal music still have any relevance this context? Of course it does.

Recent musicological research sheds a new light on the way musicians from the baroque era till the nineteenth century acquired their skills. Fascinating agreements between baroque partimento practice and lead sheet approach in jazz and pop music emerge.

Tonal Tools is an inspiration book and app (Android, iOs) that blends old and current approaches. Nine ‘components’ serve as keys for a more aural, creative and tangible approach to tonal music from the very start.

Tonal Tools is applicable to any tonal idiom and spans the baroque, classical, romantic, jazz and pop repertoire by means of common improvisational and compositional principles. Don’t expect a straightforward method: interweave Tonal Tools with usual didactics according to your own tempo and needs. With your pupils, expect a better integration of musical understanding and skill, a more reliable memory and better sight-reading ability, not to mention a broadened musical imagination, expressiveness and joy for playing tonal music.

As a valuable extension to keyboard teachers’ existing professional expertise, Tonal Tools opens new artistic and (auto)didactic perspectives.

Lieven Strobbe teaches organ and creative keyboard at LUCA School of Arts in Leuven and the Flemish Part-time Music Education Academies (DKO) in Ekeren and Wilrijk.

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The website

On you discover what Tonal Tools is all about. Videos and audiofiles show how to apply this approach in your teaching practice. On the news page you find an overview of presentations and trainings Musica organizes on Tonal Tools. Feel free to upload your own videos and share experiences with others.