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Bill D.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $59
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of South Carolina
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Bill D.

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While studying for my Doctorate of Musical Arts I was a graduate Assistant teaching Music Theory and Ear-training.

About Bill

Bill is in his sixth season as Principal Trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and his third season as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Orchestra. He was a member of the trumpet faculty at DePaul University for five years and has presented performances and mas

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Gil R.
Just started studying with Bill. He's already given me some good recommendations to improve my playing, and he is encouraging. I left the lesson motivated. I'm really looking forward to studying with Bill!
Ethan S.
Bill is very passionate. He teaches me all the techniques and trying to help me make a much better sound. He is strict to get every notes correct while other teachers allow easy passes. He also corrects my old habits. He is a wonderful teacher who really teaches fundamentals.
Pat
Exactly what I was looking for.!
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Jeremy P.

7 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Bachelor of Art in Music from Sonoma State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Jeremy P.

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Start at the beginning if you've never read a note, or work all the way up to analyzing the forms of your favorite composer's master works. The sky is the limit!

About Jeremy

I began playing guitar by ear around age ten. I learned rock songs from records for a few years, and then I began a more serious study of theory in high school. Over the next several years I alternated between pursuing my music degree and playing in bands around the midwest. In 2004, I transferred

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Great teacher! Great info! Super supportive!
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Asuka U.

59 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese, French(Intermidiate)
  • Voice performance, music theory and piano from Queens college, University of North Texas
  • Teaching since 2005
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Asuka U.

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Music theory tutor at Queens College for 3 years. Specialized in aural skills and solfege.

About Asuka

“Her exceptional talent will continue to open many doors of opportunity for her in NYC where she continues to thrive as an excellent artist. Subsequently, she is a valuable contribution the opera industry.” The Metropolitan Opera Guild ‚Äč“Combination of the Ms. Uchida’s stunning presence and voice

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Grace
Thank you for everything and i will love to hear the song right now.
Brooke Fulton
My daughter has loved working with Asuka. As a complete beginner, Asuka made her feel comfortable and confident. She sings every day now and is enjoying sharing the song they've been working on with our family. I would highly recommend Asuka.
Lin
Lin enjoyed the first lesson very much and is now all excited for more lessons to come!
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Avi B.

15 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • BA in Music from CUNY City College of New York
  • Teaching since 2007
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Avi B.

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Music Theory is the backbone of every western style of music that exists today. It's integral to understanding music in a critical and coherent way. Students who wish to study Music Theory will be amazed at how their favorite songs use the same techniques as Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.

In our music theory lessons, we'll dive into the heart of what makes music, music. Then we'll apply those concepts to real pieces, and learn how we can apply to our instrument and original music.

About Avi

***COVID-19 UPDATE: Until authorities have deemed it safe, all of my lessons will take place online. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this strange and important time.*** Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible. My

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Mike F.
Taking lessons with Avi has been a great experience. He has been more than willing to work with my complicated schedule and very obviously cares about teaching. I tried learning guitar off of youtube for a little while but eventually hit a block. Learning with an actual teacher has been a world of difference.
Ev
Great first lesson! Super patient and friendly instructor.
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Yoon Jae L.

33 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks English, Korean
  • Bachelor of Music, Piano and Orchestral Conducting from Mannes College, The New School for Music
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Yoon Jae L.

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As a graduate of the Mannes School of Music, I have an excellent background to teach and tutor all levels of theory from basic musicianship to advanced harmonic analysis and score reading. Students will receive on 1-on1 instruction in all aspects of tonal harmony and counterpoint.

About Yoon Jae

Yoon Jae enjoys a multifaceted career as a conductor, arranger, pianist, and artrepreneur. As Founder & Artistic Director of Ensemble 212, Mr. L has built one of today’s finest ensembles based in New York. They have received critical acclaim for their innovative programming of works by living comp

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Douglas T.
Yoon Jae is a fantastic teacher.
Mark B.
Yoon Jae is an excellent, patient teacher. I am a beginner and he is helping me develop a solid foundation that should allow me to develop my skills. Excellent!
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Carolyn M.

45 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • BFA Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory
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Carolyn M.

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A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Carolyn has been teaching music for over 5 years. With music theory lessons, you can understand how to read music, succeed on your own, and not make the music on the page seem so SCARY. Sharpen your music skills as you learn the fundamentals music theory: terms, symbols, note naming, time signatures, note values, rhythm exercises, understanding key signatures, ledger lines, ear training, sight reading, and more!

About Carolyn

Born and raised in New York, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music (BFA Musical Thea

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Michael
Carolyn has and is exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. Like me, her interests in the performing arts are broad. I felt both excited and comfortable with her. She is professional and easy to talk to. I can sense strongly that Carolyn is full of love and compassion. I am so excited for the next lesson! Here's to the new horizon and everything in between! :) Thank you Carolyn for reassuring me that my decision to switch careers was a wise decision indeed. Dance forward.
William K.
could not have been a better start to my lessons!
Rick R.
My first lesson with Carolyn was very positive. She quickly assessed where I was and started from that point so we didn't waste time. She showed great passion for songwriting and a genuine interest in my development.

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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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Kasum
Took Music Theory lessons from Gleb V.
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"Adam was our Theory 4 tutor and he did an amazing job making it comprehensible and make sense!"
Moxy
Took Music Theory lessons from Adam T.
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"Gregory Valens Luv is a phenomenal vocal coach. He's very detailed in teaching you structure of the body to relax you and open you up for singing. I love his technique. I find myself very relaxed and limber which brings out the best in me. He's very creative and shares various types of vocalizations to help you with every style of music. He's also got a sweet spirit and that makes it very enjoyable to come to class."
Tresa Brown
Took Music Theory lessons from Gregory V.
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"Thanks Rosita for your patience, for your cares and effort on making us better singers. Although some of us in the Church quire had no idea of what correct singing was u helped us excel and move forward in knowledge of musical notes, pitch ranges, tuning, proper breathing, diet and all that good stuff about singing. I can only describe u as an AWESOME teacher!!! Love u bunch your friend and student always
Marichuy! :-);-)"
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Took Music Theory lessons from Rosita R.
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"Richie is a thoughtful and flexible instructor"
Bob
Took Music Theory lessons from Richard D.
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Eric is wonderful! He's great at explaining things, VERY patient and has a lot of fun while teaching. Best music teacher I've had so far!"
Angelique
Took Music Theory lessons from Eric J.
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"When looking for an instructor what is best to find is knowledge of the subject. When it comes to Mr. Newbold, he delivers; Whether it be current or past. He has had outstanding experience with acclimating to every student's needs and learning style. He provides a great environment/atmosphere which is critical to learning. If his credentials don't speak enough, then his personal musical talent should."
MacKenzie
Took Music Theory lessons from Dustin N.
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"Michelle is very patient and taught me different ways of solving problems with SATB and other music theory concepts like voice leading and chord functions. She also helped me practice my musicianship skills."
Hadassah
Took Music Theory lessons from Michelle T.
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"Music theory has always fascinated me but I could never quite get the hang of it. Zack explains things clearly and works thoroughly to make sure you understand each topic and how it works before moving on. I recommend him to all of my music friends, and if you're reading this I recommend him to you,
too! You won't regret it, he's worth every penny."
Ginnie
Took Music Theory lessons from Zack D.
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"Although, I've only worked with her for about 3 months, I have learned so much musically. Ms. Christine is very professional in her work. She's very passionate about her craft and loves teaching. She will go out of her way to check on my progress musically and see how I'm doing throughout the work week.

I'm very grateful for her dedication to the art of music. Anyone who is looking for a caring instructor; look no further than Ms. Christine."
Nancy
Took Music Theory lessons from Christine G.
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Private Music Theory Classes Near You

Music theory is simply the study of the science behind music. If you're thinking, "I don't want to be a scientist; I want to be an artist," then think again. Even in visual art, artists must understand scientific concepts such as color theory. In music theory lessons near you, you'll be given the tools to create the most beautiful sonic art possible.

Music theory encapsulates the principles, methods, and concepts used to play, read, and compose music. From the basics of music notation to the intricacies of how musicians write new songs, music theory teachers specialize in introducing students to these essential concepts. With music theory, musicians can create, evolve, preserve, and share their musical knowledge.

Why Learn Music Theory?

Does sheet music look like

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a bunch of gibberish to you? Essentially music theory attempts to make intangible and abstract concepts more concrete. Music theory classes will help you define things like time signatures, rhythms, keys, dynamic notations, and more. 

With music theory, musicians can compose intelligently, transcribe music, and understand the art they're making on a much deeper level. You’ll also heighten your awareness and appreciation of music, which many regard as the universal language.

As a part of musicology, the overall study of music theory fits into a broader understanding of human anthropology and how music has shaped human storytelling for thousands of generations.

Without music theory, the construction of every instrument, every rhythm, every harmony, and every song would just be guesswork. From learning essentials in beginner music theory to mastering musical concepts in advanced courses, music theory classes near you will give you the keys to unlock the true potential of music making — no matter which instrument you play.

What You'll Study in Music Theory Lessons

If you're wondering how to learn music theory, for beginners or advanced musicians, the best way is to study with a private music theory teacher. In private lessons, you'll learn much more quickly than you could in a larger class setting. 

By taking private lessons, you'll quickly overcome challenges as you receive immediate feedback and your tutor's undivided attention. In addition, private teachers customize every lesson to meet the individual needs and interests of their students. 

For example, music theory lessons for kids differ greatly from those designed for adults, and advanced lessons cover quite different concepts than those seeking how to learn music theory for beginners. In private lessons, you'll be able to focus on the specific areas of music theory you wish to improve, while learning at a pace that's comfortable for you.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Music Theory

Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what beginner music theory lessons will do for you.

Beginner music theory often coincides with musical instrument lessons. If you're a self-taught musician or learned to play by ear however, you'll benefit greatly from learning the basic tools to play sheet music and write down the music you're composing. 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

Once you've learned basic music theory for beginners or have a few music lessons under your belt, you'll be ready to learn intermediate music theory concepts. Intermediate lessons are perfect for musicians who can already read basic music notation. 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

Advanced music theory classes are intended for students and musicians who possess a strong command of musical notation, rhythms, scales, semiotics, and the mathematics of music. Students embarking on composition and playing virtuoso-level pieces will benefit greatly at this level. In advanced lessons, your tutor will likely cover some of the following topics:

  • Modes
  • Genre and technique
  • Symbolism in composition
  • Transposing
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How to Find the Right Music Theory Teacher for You

If you're ready to nurture your musical abilities, you'll need to find a qualified teacher. A simple search for a music theory tutor near you at TakeLessons will reveal hundreds of options. Additionally, you can choose to either take music theory lessons near you or online. 

Either way, all of our teachers are highly rated, educated, and experienced. When narrowing down your choices, we recommend reading through our teachers’ profiles and looking for someone who specializes in your instrument of choice. 

We also encourage you to read the comments and reviews left by other music theory students, like you. Whether you choose to study online or in local lessons, you'll find that your musical abilities will begin to improve from the very first lesson.

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