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We explore the fundamentals of music theory including sight reading, ear training, rhythmic and melodic dictation. Through this work, students begin to understand the language of music and utilize it in practice with voice and/or piano
My goal is to produce a literate musician out of my student; able to understand, read, write, analyze, and compose music.
Ear training is a big part of music theory class. Students are taught to hear and recognize pitches, intervals, and chords. Solfege (do-re-mi), a traditional method of naming pitches, tied to "fixed do" is being used for ear-training. Students learn scales, key signatures, basics of harmony, and rhythm. They also learn conducting patterns and play rhythm ensembles. Students in intermediate and advanced classes learn counterpoint. All theory concepts and skills are demonstrated on the piano, and basic piano literacy is also introduced in class.
I have taught and tutored students in music theory, sight reading and ear training.
I teach some music theory as part of the ongoing lessons to almost all students but I encourage those who are interested to study the subject more thoroughly. I use the book 'GETTING MUSIC' which I co-authored (published in 2014) as the textbook for theory study as it provides a strong grounding and understanding of notation, scale construction, interval construction, chord construction and an overview of basic harmony principles and practices.
f you’ve always wanted to learn more about the nuts and bolts that make up the music you love, developing a solid background in music theory is the way to go.
I provide individualized plans for learning music theory and ear training as well as the theoretical and historical background for a variety of genres that will take your interpretation to the next level.
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