All works in The Sayre Series are designed and constructed with three unifying pedagogic principles:
- Integrated presentation of the materials of music
- Organic growth of awareness and skill methodically cultivated over time
- 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. 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 motto — “Read it, write it, play it, sing it!” — which is a summation of The Sayre Series pedagogical philosophy and approach.