Music theory is simply the study of the science behind music. If you're thinking: "I don't want to be a scientist; I want to be an artist," then think again. Even in visual art, artists must understand scientific concepts such as color theory. In music theory lessons, you'll be given the tools to create the most beautiful sonic art possible.

Music theory encapsulates the principles, methods, and concepts used to play, read, and compose music. From the basics of music notation to the intricacies of how musicians write new songs, as a teacher I will introduce you to these essential concepts. With music theory, musicians can create, evolve, preserve, and share their musical knowledge.


Music theory classes will help you define things like time signatures, rhythms, keys, dynamic notations, and more. 

With music theory, musicians can compose intelligently, transcribe music, and understand the art they're making on a much deeper level.


Without music theory, the construction of every instrument, every rhythm, every harmony, and every song would just be guesswork. From learning essentials in beginner music theory to mastering musical concepts in advanced courses, music theory classes will give you the keys to unlock the true potential of music making — no matter which instrument you play.


Sample Curriculum for Beginner Music Theory

Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what beginner music theory lessons will do for you.

If you're a self-taught musician or learned to play by ear however, you'll benefit greatly from learning the basic tools to play sheet music and write down the music you're composing. In beginner classes, I will cover the following topics:

  • Staff, ledger lines, and clefs

  • Note and rest duration

  • Time signature, tempo, and measures

  • Half steps, whole steps, and accidentals

  • Scales, key signatures, and intervals

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Music Theory

Once you've learned basic music theory for beginners or have a few music lessons under your belt, you'll be ready to learn intermediate music theory concepts. Intermediate lessons are perfect for musicians who can already read basic music notation. In intermediate classes, I will cover some of the following topics:

  • Chords and voicing

  • Chord progressions

  • Circle of fifths

  • Phrases and cadences

  • Dynamics and textures

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Music Theory

Advanced music theory classes are intended for students and musicians who possess a strong command of musical notation, rhythms, scales, semiotics, and the mathematics of music. Students embarking on composition and playing virtuoso-level pieces will benefit greatly at this level. In advanced lessons, I will cover some of the following topics:

  • Modes

  • Genre and technique

  • Symbolism in composition

  • Transposing

  • Transcription

Feel free to contact me for more information.

I look forward to helping you to develop your talents!


Rate for in person lessons : $30 for 45 min
Rate for online lessons : $30 for 45 min
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