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Learn how music works! Keys, scales, modes, chords, etc.
I'll show you how to get specific feels, moods and emotions.
We start basic and go from there until you have a real working knowledge that can be used with any instrument or style of play.
Theory is a very important part in learning to play and sing. I teach the meaning of notes, the types of notes, and how to read notes. I teach the meaning and purpose of the music, staff, timing,accidentals, phrases, and all other fundamentals of theory.
My method of teaching makes it fun and easy to learn.
BA in Music Theory and Composition from Antioch College.
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My teaching method is very practical and customized to every individual. I do not believe that you can use the same style with every student because everyone learns differently.
Although I teach music theory alone, it is usually related to a given instrument (piano, voice, guitar, etc) that the student is interested in exploring. Whatever the case, I gather where the student is at currently and go from there, starting from total beginner to advanced chord and extended scale study. Sometimes a guitar player, for example, will want something very specific, such as composing a melodic guitar solo over a given chord progression. A vocalist may want to learn how to harmonize with themselves in key. I strongly emphasize teaching theory, and then applying.
I tend to cut a lot of the 'fat' out of the typical theory study and go right to what the student will need for their given goal.
Some theory topics:
Keys, and key building
I can teach beginner, intermediate and advanced classical and jazz theory. I cover topics such as key signatures, circle of fourths, heptatonic, octatonic and chromatic scales, modes of major, melodic minor and harmonic minor, diatonic transposition, triads, seventh chords, chord progressions, etc.
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"I've been taking lessons with Brett for over a year now and it's been a fantastic experience. My journey started, however, long before our first me
Over two years ago I decided it was time to up my game and increase my understanding of music theory and music in general. In order to accomplish this I felt I needed a teacher, but not just any teacher. I had a few strict requirements in mind. First, I wanted someone who had a degree in music. Brett's a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Check. As a bass player I wanted a guitarist for a teacher. To me, being able to ask questions and talk to someone who understands the interaction between bass and guitar is key. Brett's a pro guitarist and an accomplished musician. Check again. I also wanted someone who understood the music I listened to and played and was also versed in other styles of music. Again, check.
Brett met and surpassed everything I wanted in a teacher. And to top if off, he's one cool dude. My only regret is not starting sooner.
- Dennis D. NY"
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