Key signatures, time signatures, complex rhythms, counterpoint, and chord progressions! Music theory is essential for any kind of musician and is one of my favorite subjects to teach. After a short amount of time, you will be able to use our music theory knowledge to do a bit of composing!
As a teenager, I learned to play figured bass on a harpsichord in baroque ensembles for many years. My knowledge is classically informed and branches out into every modern style.
Harmony and music theory should be fun and enlightening at every level. It opens the doors to what are sometimes mysteries to our ears. It has enabled me to enjoy being able to play any piece I like by ear after only one or two listens. Understanding how music really works is very satisfying and I very much enjoy sharing that knowledge with my students and watching them become proficient in each discipline
Music theory does NOT have to be BORING! :) Really.
Music theory, at its core, is about understanding. Understanding what you're playing and why it works the way it does. Often when you understand how/why a piece was written, it makes it a lot easier to play.
Beginners: Scales, Key centers, Major and Minor
Intermediate: Intervallic relationships, chordal relationships, BASIC HARMONY RULES that apply in almost any music you listen to.
Advanced: Sky is the limit! I hold a Masters Degree in Music Composition and have extensively studied 20th century music and post tonal music. Cell theory, 12 tones, non-tonal systems, post-tonal harmony, advanced jazz harmonic concepts
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