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Michael John Wiley
Musical Colors Chief Developer & Company President

"Hi everyone and welcome to our website! Get ready to learn how to teach yourself music in a colorful and practical way."



"As long as music has been around, musicians have looked to simplify the notation of music as well as to develop simple and concise methods for teaching music theory. There have been many attempts to do this throughout the decades. For the most part though, music theory has been taught the old fashion way, as a cerebral discipline in scholarly institutions. And rightly so, it is a mental discipline as well as a physical one. However, creativity sometimes tends to get lost along the way and the average academic student, sometimes with brilliant personal ideas, looses them self and their passion for music dissipates in the process. But it does not have to be that way."
"When I was enrolled at the University of Arizona Music College in 1991, I ran into serious problems of practical realization on my primary instrument, the classical guitar.  I quickly came to realize that it would be easier to learn to play music on my guitar if there could be some kind of visual reference that showed me clearly where all musical notes fell on the fret board of my instrument."

"So naturally, that is exactly what I did and everyone around me, including my teachers, were amazed at how my musicianship had improved. The system was born out of my necessity to know what I was playing and to also know how to play what was in front of me written on paper. In that same year, after putting colored stickers on my guitar, I did some extensive research and found out that this idea was really nothing new. But it did not matter; the knowledge was still incredibly useful at helping me know what notes I was playing while composing a work of music, improving my improvisational skills with other musicians and simply just getting through sheet music. During this time, I publicly displayed my color-coded guitar a great deal throughout the four years I was enrolled in Music College; and since then, the system that I had developed has now evolved into a wonderfully artistic, theoretical and practical approach to music appreciation.


Michael is an accomplished composer and musician, with over 20 years experience in the field of music and musicology. He enjoys a well-rounded and unique cultural background stemming from several regions in the Americas. Born in New Mexico, and raised in Mexico City, where he acquired an early bilingual foundation, Michael was also highly exposed to the arts. Belonging to a prominent artistic family headed by his grandmother, Martha Joy Gottfried, a well-known landscape painter and pupil to the late Juan Gorman, had its advantages. His teen years were spent in Miami, Florida, where in 1986 he traveled to Alexander Muss High School In Israel for an intense educational experience that studied the historic and political state of that region. Michael has resided mainly in Arizona since 1987, where he calls Tucson his home with his beautiful wife and two bouncing baby boys.

Michael Wiley in Japan








Michael in China






He has been a guitarist for over 25 years and in 1996, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition with Honors from the University of Arizona, where he studied with professor Daniel Asia. To this day, his interests remain broad in the field of music education. In the late 1990's, he was contracted with the Tucson Unified School District for what came to be a working relationship that lasted a decade. During this time, he was involved with a special educational TUSD program called Imaginarium. The program would bring the arts to elementary school classrooms on a daily basis from working artists living in Tucson. Michael had the opportunity and pleasure to develop and refine his Musical Colors curriculum as a result of this extensive period of time and he impacted the lives of many elementary school children in Tucson with his "down to earth" and fun filled approach to teaching.

Soon after, Michael also became intimately involved with mathematical knowledge of the ancient Maya, and consequentially met Dr. Jose Argaelles whose work impacted his life tremendously. This work lead to personal and scientific discoveries into the nature of the scientific and mathematical relationships between the Overtone Series, a naturally occurring phenomenon in acoustics, and the world famous Mayan Tzolkin 260 Day Calendar, a natural timing frequency matrix that synchronizes the elements of nature with the fabric of time itself. Correlated through these counting systems, the grand effort yielded a composition at the turn of the millennium entitled Tzolkin in C Major. In 2002, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra honored Michael's groundbreaking work with an invitation to a world premier performance, which took third prize at the prestigious international Toru Takemitsu Orchestral Competition, held in Tokyo, Japan at the Toru Takemitsu Memorial Hall, Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation.

Upon returning to the US, Michael pursued a degree in Distance Learning Administration and consequentially developed a pioneering educational model of quality control for the telecommunications company, DNA Communications. SEE MODEL.

In 2004, Michael traveled to China for a year-long cross-cultural experiment to bring American teachers to a newly constructed preschool-kindergarten and teach Chinese teachers educational techniques on how to master certain curriculums including his own, which included also Musical Colors. During the inauguration, he had the pleasure to meet several dignitaries including the current congresswoman from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, who was also in attendance.

Michael also works as a freelance composer and in 2007 was commissioned by the Art Renaissance Initiative, an organization which coordinates the well known Vivaldi Festival, held in Phoenix, Arizona every year. He was asked to compose "A Sonoran Requiem" to serve as a statement of compassion for the many fallen fellow human beings who illegally tried crossing the south-western deserts and the border in hopes of a better life, however perished. http://www.artrenaissance.org In 1992 the non-profit organization successfully commissioned "An American Requiem" by composer James DeMars, prior to asking Michael to head this controversial humanitarian effort, of which he is currently actively composing.

In 2009, Michael finally released his long awaited multi-media Mayan Calendar meditation slide show, TZOLKIN DVD, and he remains committed to his artistic talents and creative educational endeavors. http://www.tzolkindvd.com

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