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Learn and understand what makes music pleasing to the ear... apply basic fundamentals to more advanced theory to improve your playing on any instrument! Must have knowledge of your instrument, with the exception of the instruments listed as subjects that I teach (piano or electric/acoustic guitar/bass)!
I teach both the classical and contemporary methods of music theory, combining the two and drawing on the strengths of both. Students will learn classical Roman numeral analysis while also learning how to build contemporary jazz harmony.
Having attended Westminster Choir College and taken music theory based classes in highschool, I have had experience with everything from basic theory to music analysis to ear training and more. I have taken practical theory classes and music history/world music classes which have contributed to my understanding of the patterns in and characteristics of a wide variety of musical genres. At Drexel University, as a music therapy masters student, I was expected to improvise and transpose at a moments notice. These experiences have convinced me that it is in the musician's best interests to have a strong foundation of theory knowledge, and I emphasize theory approaches to understanding music in voice, and particularly piano lessons, as I believe this will help the student to better predict and understand an underlying musical structure to a song, helping with his or her reading fluency.
How and why do melodies, harmonies work? What are the rules of music? When can you break them? The answers lie in music theory. From basic building blocks of scales and simple chords to complex chords, arranging songs (how to layer instruments), and counterpoint (2 melodies that parallel and contrast to create interesting and complex sound), you'll learn the endless genius and sometimes simplicity of music.
An understanding of music theory is at the root of all reading and understanding of music. Lessons in music theory will address the specific goals and genre interest of the student. Anything from how to read jazz chords to understanding the complexities of Beethoven can be covered.
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