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Loretta M.

62 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Teaches students 2 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Loretta M.

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About Loretta

I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I

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Carol M.
Very patient and thoughtful!
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Very helpful.
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Jill G.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $29
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 4 to 90
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Jill G.

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Learn how de-mystify music! If you're like me, you like to know how music works. I'll guide you through clear, concise knowledge of beginning through advanced music theory. You'll learn to love the "science" side of music, and you'll happily understand what to do to make your music sound so much better!!

About Jill

I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyp

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Good teacher really nice
Shannon G.
Thank you for a great lesson! I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to next week :)
Julian
Jill has been great! I’m an adult beginner who was nervous about jumping into learning the Violin. Jill is very helpful, super encouraging and knowledgeable. Also very flexible with my schedule. I recommend her to anyone starting out. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Jill W.

17 Reviews
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  • Visual Communications from Brigham Young University Idaho
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Jill W.

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As a music teacher I have a great love and passion for music theory. I feel like it is such an important part of learning any musical instrument that so many students seem to struggle with. I like to take a fun but structured approach to learning music theory. I work with each individual student to help them develop personal goals to work towards whether that is working through a theory book, preparing for a theory exam, polishing their ear training or even just strengthening what they already know. I hope to help you take your music theory knowledge to the next level!

About Jill

I am a harpist, pianist, arranger, composer, performer and lover of music. With over 12 years of experience teaching both piano and harp lessons. Although I graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho with a Bachelors in visual communication, I have continued to stretch my skills as musician a

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We just finished our first lesson with 3 of our kids. Jill was so positive and encouraging. Each child loves their time and gained loads of knowledge even in the first lesson. We look forward to lessons again next week.
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Cory H.

6 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Vocal Music from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Cory H.

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Experienced music theorist, composer, and arranger looking to help students build a strong foundation of music theory skills.

About Cory

I am a professional singer, beatboxer, audio engineer, and music director who specializes in contemporary a cappella music! I graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music. I also am an acting coach; I can help build confidence in your per

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Renegade
Cory is super egaging with my 6 year old! My kid is learning a lot! Definitely recommend Cory!
Gabrielle J.
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and has a sense of humor.
Devin
Phenomenal teacher and wonderful positive attitude

Ivan S.

6 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Chaldean, Arabic
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2014
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Ivan S.

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Learn music theory and develop aural skills for melody and chord recognition!

About Ivan

Hello! My name is Ivan. I am a classically trained pianist. I have been playing the piano for 17 years and have been teaching for 5 years. I like to give my students the opportunity to not only progress in skill, but also enjoy what they are learning! My lessons focus on 5 things: - note re

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Leigh-Anne P.
Ivan is the best, he really worked with my daughter and she enjoys her lessons a lot. She's learned a lot in a short period of time. Ivan is very effective with the online format we chose to use during the pandemic. Couldn't be happier.
Nick
Best piano teacher ever!
Gerardo
I would like to highly recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher for children. Ivan is a gifted piano teacher. He is very well-respected in Rochester Hills and Troy, Michigan. This community is extremely fortunate to have a music teacher of his caliber to teach in this area.

Ivan is passionate about music. His love for the art is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He is exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them, and coaxes the very best effort from each one. Although he is one of the best music teachers in the zone, his prices are extremely reasonable. In my opinion, he is worth every penny he charges, and I certainly believe I have received excellent service for my money.

It is my great pleasure to recommend Ivan Shallal as a music teacher. I am tremendously grateful to him for everything he has taught my daughter.
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Bill D.

16 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 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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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $22 and $276 per hour.
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"Awesome teacher. Answers every question and explains all concepts thoroughly."
Spencer
Took Music Theory lessons from Joel M.
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"Francis is a very patient teacher, he taught me how to practice while I have some parts with technical difficulty, and those approaches are very effective. I'm also learning a lot of music theory!"
Jill
Took Music Theory lessons from Dr. Francis H.
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"The lessons (piano & music theory) I learned from Buzz Amato was the sole reason I got signed to a label & was able to produce 2 Billboard charted singles (which he co-produced with me). I now tour the world djing and produce with talented artists that come to me based off my musical knowledge, that I received from Buzz. I can honestly say NONE of this would happen without the musical instruction of Buzz. Thank you Buzz!"
Aaron 'DJ Kidd Star' Payes
Took Music Theory lessons from Buzz A.
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"This guy's great!!

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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"Great teacher. Much better than my theory teachers at Kennesaw State. If it wasn't for Maria I would have never gotten an A or even passed Music Theory or Aural Skills. I plan to start working with her in the fall to help me test out of Group Piano."
Dan
Took Music Theory lessons from Maria S.
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"This dude is fire 100%.
I’ve been watching Marks live streams and have been blown away by the quality of his audio in the streams themselves and his quality compositions. He his engaged with his audience at every turn and in his sets and always bring the highest energy to his performance and shares trade secrets and wisdom to his viewers. He is very technically skilled in audio engineering and computers in general. Great dude to have in any musical alliance. His knowledge of theory and his technical prowess are just top notch. Enough said.

-Joe Luckinbill"
Joe
Took Music Theory lessons from Mark S.
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"Remi is a great music theory tutor. He's very patient and wants to make sure you understand the material before moving on and does not pressure you to move faster at all. I encourage anyone who has questions on the subject to contact Remi!"
Chris Mahon
Took Music Theory lessons from Raymond (Remi) L.
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"Indigo is simply the best at simplifying music theory into bite size pieces that are easy to grasp. She is a very gifted teacher."
Geoffrey
Took Music Theory lessons from Indigo S.
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"She's great at explaining things. It was a great lesson."
Erica N Bajek
Took Music Theory lessons from Jasmine L.
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"I thought Julie a great teacher for my daughter Sparrow.She was patient, honest and able to keep my young daughter focused and happy with learning and wanting to come back. My daughter says "I thought she was nice and great. I love you""
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Took Music Theory lessons from Julie P.
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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 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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