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If there is one thing music education lacks these days, it is music theory. Too often young violinists are made into automatons with the misuse of the Suzuki method. I always ensure my students understand what they are reading on the page of sheet music, with all questions answered. My goal is to teach a man how to fish. I.e. Show the student how to read sheet music so that they can pick up any sheet of music and just play it.
Using a piano, subjects explored include diatonic scales, solfeggio, traids, seventh chords, voice leading, harmonic and melodic structure, simple jazz charts
I love music theory for it's ability to organize and clarify the rich and complex musical world, and I often find myself getting as excited about theory as I do about performance. I have studied traditional theory and jazz harmony as well as George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. I often use theory to demystify very many styles of music from pop and rock to classical and jazz to the exotic sounds of North Africa and Eastern Europe.
Learn scales, key signatures, harmony, voice leading and counterpoint at a conservatory level. whether you are planning to pursue music professionally or are a curious hobbyist, lessons can be geared to the basics such as keys, scales, cadences and chord progressions or as advanced as compositional analysis and strict species counterpoint.
From those who are currently learning an instrument, to those who have learned by ear and want to enhance their knowledge, everyone can benefit from music theory lessons. Aside from the basics, I like to introduce theoretical concepts and analysis into the pieces or songs my students are already learning, so they have a deeper understanding of what it is they're playing or singing.
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