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Master basic concepts of music theory that will improve your understanding of music and playing abilities
In this fundamental music theory class, your expert instructor will help you master the basics of music theory and reading music for all types of musicians and instruments. All students who are taking any type of music lessons from singing to piano to guitar and more should consider taking this class. This class will help you gain more confidence with your musicianship and help you learn and play new pieces of music faster. Although this class is designed for beginners, all students are welcome.
What You'll Cover:
Saturday June 3rd: Music Theory and Reading Rudiments: This is a class theme designed for musicians who are completely new to music, reading, and/or music theory. We will focus on the basic language of written music, exploring things like how to read notes, the different kinds of notes, and what many of the basic symbols mean that are used in written music. These simple music theory rules should prove helpful no matter what instrument you play and will simply expand your musical knowledge. If you have learned the basics of reading music on your given instrument, then you may know much of what this class focuses on. However, this class will also try to offer more background information on why we use certain musical symbols and why they matter to different instruments that you may not play.
Thursday June 8th: Basic Scale Theory - Major and Minor: This class theme explores the basic construction of a major and minor scale.We will explore the way we measure the distance between notes and use those measurements to discover a pattern in scale construction. These rules are consistent across almost every instrument and we can discuss how you can apply these rules to whatever instrument you play. Knowledge of basic music scales will give you a better understanding of almost any song you play, no matter what instrument you play. If you are new to reading music or music in general, this class will still be very easy to follow. Most the concepts in this class will be explored simply using the alphabet and are often related back your main instrument - limited only by the instructors knowledge of your particular instrument.
Thursday June 15th: Basic Chord Theory and the Chord Scale: This class theme explores how to build basic chords and their relationship to the major scale. We will go over the four basic chord types: how they sound, how their built, and how to recognize them. We will also explore the relationship chords have with scales and the various patterns they create between each other. This is knowledge that is really helpful whether you play and instrument capable of chords or not (for example: a trumpet cannot play chords, a guitar can play chords). Chords are an integral part of music and knowing how they work and recognizing the various patterns they make can help you learn songs faster, play by ear, improvise, and will simply make you a more well-rounded musician. This class doesn’t require you to read music or have any background knowledge but it is beneficial to have a basic knowledge of scales and/or how to read music. This class does briefly cover those topics during the first few minutes to best ensure student understanding, so make sure to show up on time if you are concerned about your lack of background knowledge.
Thursday June 22nd: The Dominant 7th Chord and the Tritone: This class explores the role of the dominant 7th in music and the importance of the tritone. We will explore what a dominant 7th chord is, where it occurs in a scale, and what primary role it has. We will also discuss what a tritone is and discuss its significance to western music and ways it has been viewed throughout history. No matter what instrument you play, the general theme of this class is a very basic musical concept that is incredibly important to music across the world. The topic and its details may sound lofty and complicated but the general lesson of this class is very simple, easy to understand and is an essential rule of music you may play and listen to everyday. This class doesn’t require you to read music or have any background knowledge but it is beneficial to have a basic knowledge of scales, written music, intervals, and/or chords. The first segment of class will be used to review these concepts to ensure student understanding, so make sure to show up on time if you are concerned about your lack of background knowledge.
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