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I teach all levels of music theory that help students succeed. They range from beginning note and music theory through theory needed to perform in symphony orchestras. I also have summer music programs.I teach the theory all musicians should learn if they wish to play with others.
Beginner: I can help explain basic harmony that you will find in most pop tunes, this helps students to figure out songs as well as create opportunities for them to write their own material!
Intermediate/advanced: learn how to apply theory to improvisation in sophisticated ways
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 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.
Trained at The Washington Conservatory of Music, Benjammin brings a wealth of musical information to the piano bench. Intellectual musicianship & skillful, artistic rendering. He will show you the path to excellent & artistic musical awareness.
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