Picture of music lessons in West Sacramento, CA

West Sacramento, CA Music Theory Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Music Theory lessons? Our West Sacramento teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 6 0 2 , 1 2 0

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Theory Teachers near West Sacramento, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near West Sacramento, CA including Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, Fair Oaks and Rancho Cordova.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Ronald S.

Close
213962_279853_29621
Citrus Heights, CA

View Full Profile

Harmonic approach to playing stressing chord progression. I play all types of music from classical, to ragtime, blues and new age.

About Ronald
With a Bachelor's Degree in music from California State University Sacramento I studied with the best, including graduates from Juilliard and Eastman. I focus on what my students want to play and provide a harmonic grounding to enable the student to improvise or just "jam" with anybody. I also provide a positive reinforcement atmosphere and will accept ground floor beginners to advanced intermediate students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it's important to create a relaxed, stress free lesson atmosphere to encourage creativity and self confidence. While mistakes are expected I believe building a students self confidence will make those mistakes disappear. We'll start with fundamentals which will build your understanding of what you're playing and be able to apply it to whatever music you wish to play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
S
tudent must have own piano.

*** Specialties ***
I read music and can sight read any style. I specialize in classical, but also play jazz, ragtime and new age music.
...
Reviews
Thumb_123953_pi_grover
Grover March 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kind and patient instructor. Ronald gave us a great quick introduction to piano playing. It will be a good foundation to build on in the future when we can make more time for additional lessons. Thank you!
Silhouette-80
Elizah March 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
So patient and always on time. My daughter learned so much for 3 lessons.
Silhouette-80
Don B. January 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
It was great!
View Details
View Profile
Ronald S.

Ronald S.

Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Steve P.

Close
200118_187006_16079
Sacramento, CA
View Full Profile
About Steve
Steve began his musical journey on the piano as a child, later moving on to explore
clarinet and trumpet in band before discovering the French horn in high school.
Though he earned his bachelor of music in horn performance at CSU, Sacramento, he never gave
up the piano, teaching students and accompanying choirs throughout college, and
earning scholarships for both instruments.

Steve has played for a number of musical groups, from orchestras, chamber
groups and community bands to being a pit musician in musical theater and
opera. This year, he will be joining the William Jessup University Wind
Ensemble and playing horn in that group. For the last several years, Steve has
directed the orchestra at his church, and has also arranged hymns and worship music
for church orchestras and smaller ensembles.

Besides teaching piano and hor
n, Steve's musical interests include music theory, arranging, composition, piano ensemble playing and ethnomusicology.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching children and adults for the past 15 years. I have worked
in public schools as a band instructor, choir director, orchestra director and
general music teacher. I have also taught English and Spanish classes. My private
piano and horn students have enjoyed playing from a wide variety of musical
styles from classical to modern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Specialties ***
I choose from a variety of publications, depending on the nature of the student. I strive to have my students become well rounded by learning a variety of music literature and learning theory, scales, chord progressions, and integrate sight-reading as a regular component of lessons.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Lena S. August 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
Steve was great, very patient and very clear with his instruction. My daughter Lena is looking forward to the next lesson...
Silhouette-80
Elisabeth G. June 7, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
He was very patient and thought outside of the box to help me play w a tremor... I liked him a lot!
Thumb_115890_pi_IMG_1149
Renee E. February 8, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Steve is a fabulous teacher and is so very patient with me. I have learned so much with only three lessons, and can't wait to learn more from him.
View Details
View Profile
Steve P.

Steve P.

Sacramento, CA 95841
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Esther B.

Close
207550_223305_21119
Sacramento, CA

View Full Profile

The Circle of 5th,Intervals,Triads,Seventh Chords,Four-Part Writing,Harmonic Progression,Musical Structure and Secondary Dominants and dominant Sevenths etc....

About Esther
I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 30 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 14 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I sp
eak fluent Korean and English.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work a weekly student.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Susan September 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Esther is very encouraging and knowledgeable!
Silhouette-80
Suhoan May 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I will definitely keep taking lessons with Esther until I move to a different state. Highly recommend her. She was very patient. Out first lesson took place at her place. I honestly never sang in front of people, though I love to rap with my friends in karaoke. I already gained so much confidence and see the difference. Cannot wait till the next lesson and learn new skills and become a better vocalist. Thank you Esther.
Silhouette-80
Katriel N. May 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Katriel had a wonderful first lesson and is looking forward to her next lesson
View Details
View Profile
Esther B.

Esther B.

Sacramento, CA 95828
(44)
starting at
$40 / 40-min

About Melissa F.

Close
312962_m46bj765yhj78skk873c
Sacramento, CA
View Full Profile

Want to know more about music theory? I can help you gain a better understanding of reading, writing, and arranging.

About Melissa
I have been studying and performing music for the majority of my life, starting with piano in the third grade. I started singing in choirs in high school and continued studying voice throughout college. I have a classical background and moved to jazz voice as an undergraduate at California State University of Sacramento. I recently completed my Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in 2015!

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching music gives me joy! I create a positive and encouraging environment for students to gain confidence in their performance abilities. Every student is different and I approach each lesson accordingly in order to accommodate each student's needs and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, microphone, sound system, music stand, sitting area for parent(s) when needed. Students are expected to purchase their own b
ooks which are required for piano lessons. I can supply photo copies for the first couple of lessons until books are delivered.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a metronome for lessons, but each student should acquire their own for practicing purposes. Students should provide a stereo, preferably with an iPod adapter, to listen to musical examples, and a piano for voice or their own instrument for instrumental lessons. I can provide an extra ukulele for lessons, but students should have their own for practicing purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, teaching students jazz theory and improvisation as well as stylistic techniques.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Kim October 18, 2016
· Singing · In home
Melissa seems knowledgeable. She makes the lesson productive and fun!
Silhouette-80
Arika B. September 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Thank you, Melissa, for working with my grand daughter with singing lessons. She has enjoyed her classes and has learned a great deal about how to use and project her voice. She learned how to warm up her vocal chords prior to signing and also she learned about the diction and pronunciation of her words.
Silhouette-80
Jake D. August 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
So far so good. We started simple and I look forward to seeing what comes out in future sessions. I already have a few things to think about and practice at home, she seems very insightful so far and it's pretty cool that she can pick out by ear what note your on and what not. I just wish I could afford the longer sessions.
View Details
View Profile
Melissa F.

Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Kevin B.

Close
Profile_72178_pi_headshot1
Sacramento, CA
View Full Profile

I took 4 semesters of music theory in college, I know pretty much anything you could want to know about music theory!

About Kevin
I've been teaching private lessons for the past year and am very passionate about my students - making you succeed is my life's blood and whatever your goal is, that's my goal too! I've performed in many different musicals and operas in Sacramento, and been hired to sing professionally both as a soloist and a chorus singer. I went to California State University, Sacramento and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2015. I've since been very active in the music theatre scene in Sacramento, and my music theatre students love me! I'd love to see what we can do to make you a great singer!
...
Reviews
Thumb_118233_pi_887595_494663040597187_1597146875_o
Lakesha Towns January 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
He makes you feel welcome and free at the same time as keeping you leveled
Silhouette-80
susan October 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I came to Kevin because I needed a refresher course. I had taken piano lessons as a child, but I'd lost a lot of it over the years. Kevin is very knowledgeable and patient and he explains things very well. I would recommend him wholeheartedly.
Silhouette-80
Nancy G. March 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I took lessons from Kevin for 5 months. He's a terrific teacher. I hadn't done any singing for years and he was patient with me, always very positive and gave me new challenges when I was ready for them. He's a gifted teacher and I recommend him for all levels of learning.

Thank you Kevin!!!!
View Details
View Profile
Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Allexa C.

Close
Profile_81201_pi_image2
Sacramento, CA
View Full Profile

I have been teaching Music Theory for over 3 years, and it is one of my favorite subjects to teach! It is such a fundamental and crucial topic, and when properly understood it can open incredible doors for instrumentalists!

About Allexa
Allexa graduated from the Jazz Studies program at Sacramento State University in 2017, with her emphasis in Voice. She teaches Jazz and Pop genres, and greatly enjoys introducing students to basic music theory and ear-training concepts. She is a positive and passionate teacher, and looks forward to further developing her career in music education.

Allexa has been teaching private lessons since 2013, and also directed the Vocal Jazz Lab ensemble at Sac State from 2015-2017. She started her own journey with music on the violin, and has spent many years since then developing her knowledge and passion for voice, piano, ukulele, and music theory.

Allexa won numerous Downbeat Awards with the Sac State vocal jazz ensembles under the direction of Kerry Marsh and Gaw Vang. In her undergrad she performed locally with C-Sus Voices and the Sa
c State Jazz Singers, and individually at venues such as Shine Cafe and Naked Lounge. She was also a member of the Sacramento State Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick.

In her post-collegiate life, Allexa has taken to teaching private lessons full-time. She stays very busy with the help of her 35 students, and she wouldn't have it any other way!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Bela H. November 13, 2015
· Piano · In home
Allexa was very knowledgeable and my children really liked her! She evaluated them very thoroughly. Looking forward to working with Allexa in the future.
View Details
View Profile
Allexa C.

Allexa C.

Sacramento, CA 95819
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Keith G.

Close
Profile_104636_pi_Keith%20Gray%20Year%20Book%202
Citrus Heights, CA

View Full Profile

Learn how to read music!

About Keith
Voice and Piano Lessons with Keith Anthony Gray

VOICE LESSONS

Offering classical voice lessons for students all ages. I teach bel canto "Beautiful Singing" (Italian classical) voice technique for beginners. This is the fundamental technique to develop proper voice health, pitch, natural tone, strength, range, quality and breath control.

PIANO LESSONS

Offering classical piano lessons for students all ages. Piano lessons focus on basic music theory, scales and exercises. Step-by- step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA - Music Performance, Theater Arts Acting & Dance Emphasis

 Sung at Carnegie Hall, State Capital and World Cup Sacramento International House Show

Music & Theater Skills

 Privately
studied voice from Jacqueline Victorino 2012-Present

 Vocal/Performing Arts Instructor for Capital Innovations Academy 2016-Present

Vocal Instructor for The Silver Orange (Teen Center) 2017-Present

 Extensive educational and professional background in music performance (voice, piano, upright bass, guitar, bass guitar), production (pro audio, recording, live sound engineer, producer), songwriting, and composing.

 Classes and performances in musical theater, choir, theater movement, advanced acting theory and techniques, stagecraft, dance and choreography.
...
Reviews
Thumb_5ac8d33bc61e7_review_3ED66C62-900E-43FB-BB88-0BD61152F655
Pat April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
A charming young man. Always willing to work around my crazy schedule ( on more than one occasion). Clearly an excellent teacher. Does not become irritated no matter how many times he has to repeat an instruction and responds to after hours questions A beautiful soul
Silhouette-80
Norma Santillan May 22, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He's an outstanding instructor.
Very talented, patient , respectful and willing to work around my schedule..my daughter Loved going to take guitar lessons with him... I truly recommend him and wish him the best..
Silhouette-80
Gordon May 16, 2017
· ·
Keith is an incredibly gifted musician and one of the nicest people you're likely to meet. As his former bass instructor I've known him for decades and have seen him consistently grow as an artist. Anyone would reap benefits by being under his tutelage.
View Details
View Profile
Keith G.

Keith G.

Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(8)
starting at
$15 / 15-min

About Heather R.

Close
Profile_94598_pi_10599126_10100651612585213_8211362450003173752_n%20%281%29
Sacramento, CA
View Full Profile

Students will have their current knowledge of music theory reinforced while also learning more advanced theory as they progress.

About Heather
As a piano and voice instructor, I have taught individual lessons for the past 13 years to students from 5 to 85, beginners to advanced students. I hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. In addition to my private students, I am the vocal coach and accompanist for the Sacramento City College Music Department, accompanist for the Sacramento Children's Chorus, and accompanist and vocalist with professional women's ensemble Vox Musica.
...
View Details
View Profile
Heather R.

Heather R.

Sacramento, CA 95833
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Gellimy S.

Close
Profile_128443_pi_IMG_0583
Sacramento, CA
View Full Profile

Learning music and how to read it is like learning a new language. Whether as a supplement to learning a music instrument or a little help with a Music Theory course in school, I help students learn the language of music both in methods given by the music education system and in terms the student can visualize and understand practically in their current level and personal style of learning. I include supplementary materials such as games, flashcards, and other materials that will keep lessons both educational and enjoyable for students of all ages.

About Gellimy
I recently graduated from the Sacramento State School of Music (California State University of Sacramento) with a BM in Jazz Studies (Vocal Performance). I am a professional singer, piano player, and music director.

I love singing jazz, pop, musical theatre, broadway, CCM and RnB, but I can teach any student any style and I believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. Besides improving in vocal technique, building up confidence is the most important aspect of a performer's education. I am readily equipped to help you expand your range, strengthen your instrument and build your repertoire.

I also teach beginning piano and music theory. I can teach students to read with musical excellence, learn how to play and read contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the stud
ent.

I have a great passion to teach music and my goal in life is to cultivate a culture of authentic beauty through the arts.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Kayleen N. September 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
Gellimy was very thorough and worked with my daughter on the skills what she needed. It was a very focused lesson.
Silhouette-80
Lucinda August 27, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Very resourceful, really knew how to assess my daughter’s voice and helped her to find what skills to work on.
Silhouette-80
Jemel May 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
I really enjoyed my first lesson I can’t wait til next week
View Details
View Profile
Gellimy S.

Gellimy S.

Sacramento, CA 95819
(4)
starting at
$34 / 30-min

About Brianne G.

Close
Profile_141617_pi_52269C94-3B59-4E3B-8B53-74DF8B4287EE
Sacramento, CA

View Full Profile

We will cover very basic to intermediate level music theory. From learning how to read/ identify notes, chords, rhythm and understand symbols written in sheet music. Once those concepts are understood, we can cover the form of classical music pieces and jazz charts.

About Brianne
Hello! My name is Brianne and I am a professional performer, actress, and vocalist. Originally residing in LA, I decided to further my education and experience by enrolling in the jazz voice program at CSU Sacramento.

From as early as elementary school, I began singing and performing in my church choir and musicals. Once I got older, I began to take vocal lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy in Huntington Beach, at which I continued to do for 6 years. At the age of 16, I began performing as a professional lead singer of the wedding and entertainment band High Altitude. I currently perform as a lead singer of ESSEX, an entertainment band that is well known in the Sacramento region.

Though voice is my primary focus of study, theatre and musical theatre is another huge passion of mine. Throughout my high school years, I have also been
in a variety of professional theatre productions, playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Witch in Into The Woods, And a dancer/ Marguerita in Steven Sondheim's West Side Story.

In the middle of high school, I became more intrigued by the jazz genre, and the beauty and complexity that lies in a vocal jazz ensemble. While performing with Downey High School Epic Jazz Choir, we performed and often placed in the top 3 at the Monterey, Folsom, Reno jazz festivals. We also had the honor of performing at the JEN jazz festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana. I currently perform with CSUS Voices under the direction of Gaw Vang Williams. Last winter, we had the honor of sharing the stage with the very well established vocal jazz group New York Voices.

Though I mainly sing contemporary music and RnB, I truly love all styles and can teach students the foundational and essential vocal technique that can be applied to any style of music you want to sing and perform. I can also give guidance on how to read music at a beginning and intermediate level and how to play the ukelele and piano as an accompaniment to singing. As a musician, it is very important to me that a student developes their knowledge of music as well as their own beautiful and unique sound. By working together, I know we can achieve it! :)
...
View Details
View Profile
Brianne G.

Brianne G.

Sacramento, CA 95819
starting at
$30 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in West Sacramento, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Get Started with Free Resources

Recent Music Theory Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music Theory articles on our blog.

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound … Read More

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!
A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, trans

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More