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Nils opened my mind to the musical potential I've always dreamed of. He is incredibly kind and was always positive no matter how much, or how little(!), practicing I did in between lessons. I feel so

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Brendon is very knowledgeable in Music Theory. We have been working on Schenkerian analysis. He assigns helpful assignments and readings each week to guide my learning.

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Megan has truly changed our lives. She nurtured my daughter’s love of music into produced albums, a love of music theory and just hours and hours of bliss. Megan is an artist and treats kids as fell

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Gleb is a very knowledgeable and passionate instructor, able to explain complicated aspects of music theory in very simple terms. Highly recommended to anyone, regardless your level of proficiency or

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Music Theory Lessons

Music theory is the study of all the methods, techniques, and concepts musicians and composers use to create music. It includes musical qualities, such as pitch and tone, along with compositional factors like tempo and rhythm.

If you’re looking to expand your understanding of music or develop your own musical compositions, music theory lessons are a great place to start. Here at TakeLessons, we offer classes for students of all ages and skill levels. We also feature the best online music theory lessons and in-person sessions—so what are you waiting for? Sign up for lessons with us today!

Certified Music Theory Teachers

We want to ensure that you receive the best instruction possible, and that’s why we only work with the best music theory teachers around. We hand-select our tutors, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge to put you on the path toward success. Additionally, our music theory teachers are certified and have passed background checks.

Browse our selection of music theory tutors near you to find the one who you’d like to instruct you. You can read their profiles to learn about their background, read feedback from their past students, and see when they’re available. Their profiles also provide their starting rates, which will vary between $13 and $200 an hour, depending on your specific preferences. With so many affordable tutors available, you’re certain to find your ideal match.

After selecting your teacher, choose your schedule, and pick your package. Once that’s taken care of, you’re set to begin your classes!

Music Theory Online Lessons for All Ages

Having a strong understanding of music theory will help musicians of all ages. Whether you’re interested in studying the music of the great composers before you or creating your own masterpieces, students of any age can master music theory.

At TakeLessons, our tutors teach music theory lessons for kids and adults alike. You can ensure you’re getting the kind of instruction that will best suit you and your age group. It’s never too early or late in life for you to explore the wonderful world of music theory. Sign up for our in-person or online music theory lessons today.

Music Theory Lessons for All Levels

We have students who come to us with a wide range of backgrounds when it comes to music theory. Some of them have a vast understanding of this topic and want to dig even deeper, while others have barely scratched the surface. Because of this, our tutors are equipped to teach students of all levels.

We offer music theory lessons for beginners and more advanced learners. Your tutor will determine what you already know and create a personalized lesson plan based on what you want to know. With the help of your tutor, you’ll have a better understanding of this topic before you know it!

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Music Theory Lessons

In beginner classes, your tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Staff, ledger lines, and clefs
  • Note and rest duration
  • Time signature, tempo, and measures
  • Half steps, whole steps, and accidentals
  • Scales, key signatures, and intervals

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Music Theory Lessons

In intermediate classes, your teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Chords and voicing
  • Chord progressions
  • Circle of fifths
  • Phrases and cadences
  • Dynamics and textures

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Music Theory Lessons

In advanced lessons, your tutor will likely cover some of the following topics:

  • Modes
  • Genre and technique
  • Symbolism in composition
  • Transposing
  • Transcription

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Can I teach myself music theory?

You might be able to teach yourself some aspects of music theory, but we recommend signing up for private music theory lessons. One of the biggest reasons why is that you get to work one-on-one with a qualified tutor who has the knowledge and expertise to help you master this subject. Under your tutor’s instruction, you’ll build a strong foundation to lay the groundwork for your future studies.

What is the best way to learn music theory?

Taking music theory lessons is by far the easiest way to learn this subject.

When you sign up for private lessons, you get to choose your preferred tutor to ensure you receive the best possible instruction. Your tutor will determine what you know about this subject and inquire about your goals to build a game plan tailored just for you. Perhaps the best part is that you can go at your own pace and focus on what interests you most. As long as you put the required time and practice into studying this discipline, you’ll find it easier than ever to master this subject with your private tutor leading the way.

Can you learn music theory for free?

While there may be ways to learn music theory for free, we pride ourselves on offering affordable music theory lessons.

The price of our lessons ranges between $15 and $300 an hour. The average 30-minute session is $37, and the average 60-minute lesson costs $64. While our sessions aren’t free, you’ll get so much more value out of them with a private tutor who is 100% committed to instructing you. Having your tutor’s guidance and support, you’ll make sense of this subject in no time.

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