What is The Sayre Series?

The Sayre Series is a catalog of pedagogic materials for cultivating balanced musicianship in early-to-intermediate-level music students. All materials in The Sayre Series are designed with four objectives:

  1. facilitate and support substantive general music education
  2. unify study of applied instrumental lessons, ear-training, and music theory
  3. bridge pedagogic disconnect among various musical instruments, teachers, and curricula
  4. facilitate and support collaboration between and among students, teachers, private lessons, group lessons, classrooms, and ensembles

All materials in The Sayre Series are edited and vetted by The Sayre Series’ distinguished board of professional performers and pedagogues and perfected through practical application in classrooms and studios.

Mission Statement

The Sayre Series mission is to strengthen general public education, to enable and facilitate cultural enrichment for all, and to elevate musical pedagogy.

Educational Philosophy

All works in The Sayre Series are designed and constructed using three fundamental principles:

  1. integrated presentation of the materials of music
  2. organic growth of awareness and skill methodically cultivated over time
  3. active, synergistic engagement and reinforcement through multiple, varied stimuli

These principles unify all works in The Sayre Series and combine reading and writing with playing and singing for integrated reinforcement and more complete understanding. We believe that active engagement with the elementary materials of music—through notating and vocalizing musical sounds, through playing them on instruments and, above all, through ongoing synergistic engagement—results in dimensional learning, satisfying experience, and richer understanding. This philosophy is the derivation of The Sayre Series tag line, Read it, write it, play it, sing it!—which is a rough, vernacular summation of The Sayre Series pedagogical philosophy and approach. 


The Sayre Series’ genesis was composer/pianist Paul D. Sayre’s creation of custom materials for cultivating authentic, meaningful, well-rounded musicianship with his early-to-intermediate-level students. Sayre’s pedagogic materials increasingly were requested by a steadily growing cadre of musicians and pedagogues. Subsequently, Sayre’s materials were organized and expanded into a formal catalogue.

The Sayre Series catalogue continues to grow and now provides students and discriminating teachers a variety of musicianship materials for use in tandem with, and as companions to, the great range and variety of available instrumental methods.


“There are countless wonderful method books available for all of the standard instruments, but I struggled to find even one truly effective text for systematically building authentic musicianship with beginning- and intermediate-level students. I had to made my own.”

–Paul D. Sayre