Picture of music lessons in Cottage Grove, WI

Cottage Grove, WI Music Theory Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Music Theory lessons? Our Cottage Grove teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 6 8 , 2 9 5

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Theory Teachers near Cottage Grove, WI

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Cottage Grove, WI including Waukesha, Sun Prairie, Madison, Deforest and Waunakee.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Barbara M.

Close
Profile_97296_pi_WellDone
Virginia Beach, VA
View Full Profile

All music theory concepts covered and utilized during lessons; scales and chord formations.

About Barbara
Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.

I am an original New Yorker but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 20 years. I began studying piano at the age of 7 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in many choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.

I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain an appreciation for the gift of music. They become more
and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.

*** Lesson Details ***
I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.

My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.

I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. I DO ask that a parent sit in on the lesson for my under age 10 students, at the beginning for sure, then at the child/parent's discretion. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, Ukulele

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.

The students will need to buy their books.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.

Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
Genres: All
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ernie C. April 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
She is wonderful. That she gave me a hint of her own talents while demonstrating something for me was a gift. I am so glad she’s consented to help me relearn guitar.
Silhouette-80
Danielle September 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Barbara is an incredibly fun and enthusiastic teacher. She instilled confidence in her students while helping them grow in such a short amount of time. Highly recommended
Silhouette-80
Katie S. January 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very personable and takes the time to listen. She's also very patient
View Details
View Profile
Barbara M.

Barbara M.

Online
(25)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Kay S.

Close
339414_4n2pdx4pjhjkd9fnh3m4
Avalon, WI
View Full Profile
About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
Silhouette-80
Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
View Details
View Profile
Kay S.

Kay S.

Avalon, WI 53505
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Lyle R.

Close
Profile_101526_pi_MWProfile
Sun Prairie, WI
View Full Profile

I cannot learn something without wanting to immediately begin sharing what I know. That's what inspired me to begin teaching, and it continues to drive me today.

Music Theory is a field of study which enables performers and composers to better understand the "nuts and bolts" of their craft. It can be exciting, and I intend to make it so by applying the concepts we discuss to real musical examples in all genres.

If you do not live nearby, we can learn together through online chat via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout. I have openings during early daytime CST, which means if you're in the UK or Europe and you're an English speaker, I would be happy to schedule you.

About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Evie June 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.
Thumb_122987_pi_IMG_4564
Danielle March 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!
Silhouette-80
Mack M. November 7, 2017
· Banjo · Online
When the lesson started we got right to the point and decided the best direction to take with the limited experience I have. I have goals for the next lesson and something to work with and someone to help me along the way.
View Details
View Profile
Lyle R.

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI 53590
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Maria M.

Close
Profile_89287_pi_20216_10102268366961551_6037153254647019777_n
Atlanta, GA

View Full Profile
About Maria
MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Patricia K. June 23, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Amazing first lesson!
Silhouette-80
Stan B. May 30, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Great lesson! Maria is really insightful and gives very pratical advice. I felt like I learned more in just one session with Maria than I learned in an entire class. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
Silhouette-80
Jasmine July 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Best acting coach I've ever used. Helped me land a supporting role in an upcoming movie taping here in Atlanta. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
View Details
View Profile
Maria M.

Maria M.

Online
(19)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Devin A.

Close
Profile_94376_pi_devin%20wall
Phoenix, AZ

View Full Profile

Music Theory is the study of how music works. I enjoy helping students understand the elements of music theory including harmony, counterpoint and analysis.

About Devin
Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio in Phoenix or online via the TakeLessons Classroom video-conference platform.

Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media from Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship.

Devin has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production, and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new s
tudents achieve their goals.
...
Reviews
Thumb_89499_pi_photo%20FM
Fabian M. July 4, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Devin is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher! He taught me the basics of Ableton and the details of music production, recording audio/midi tracks, sound libraries, effects, etc. He guided me through the songwriting process, and made this complex software easier to navigate through and understand. I highly recommend Devin for anyone interested in enhancing their skills in music production. Thank you Devin for all your help!
Silhouette-80
Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great Teacher!!!
Thumb_42296_pi_nerdette
Vanessa G. August 29, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!
View Details
View Profile
Devin A.

Devin A.

Online
(25)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Marcel M.

Close
Profile_60998_pi_Marcel%20Miller
Glendale, CA

View Full Profile

Reading scores. You can have the feeling and you are able to play music without scores and or you are able to read them. Trust me, there is a beauty in reading scores.

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
Thumb_5931bd1d653d1_review_File_000
Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
Silhouette-80
Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
View Details
View Profile
Marcel M.

Marcel M.

Online
(17)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Aaron S.

Close
Profile_102010_pi_001
Palm Bay, FL

View Full Profile

Whether you sing, play piano, guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, or any other instrument, or whether you write, compose, arrange, or direct, an understanding of music theory can help your practice, technique, and performance be easier and more effective. Both classical and popular music follow the same traditional patterns. I will teach you the basics of notes, keys, scales, chords, harmonies, and the other mysteries of musical tradition, not as rules to follow, but as guidelines for how to examine, deconstruct, and make sense of the music you hear, and help you apply it to your own musical work.

About Aaron
Hi, I'm Aaron, and I'm here to help you achieve your personal musical goals. In 1999 I received a degree in music composition, and I've been composing, performing, directing, producing, and of course teaching ever since. I believe every student is unique, with individual strengths and challenges, and with quality instruction and perseverance every student can use their strengths to perform the music they desire. I look forward to helping you get started!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Rich B. July 16, 2018
· Piano · Online
Aaron is awesome. I really needed a teacher to help me think beyond the notes and chords on the sheet music. I highly recommend him.
Silhouette-80
Donald April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
A great teacher....my son is of intermediate/advance level. He focuses on his strength and abilities. Never heard him say 'that's wrong' but instead he would explain into more details what the mistake was. Very patient teacher and well worth 45mins travel each way to his studio.
Silhouette-80
Brandon H. March 12, 2018
· Piano · Online
I had my first lesson with Aaron today. Since this was my first online lesson, I really wasn't sure what to expect. He was very easy going and explained things in detail when I had questions or when he was explaining things to me which I appreciated. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
View Details
View Profile
Aaron S.

Aaron S.

Online
(16)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Trevor P.

Close
Profile_98534_pi_15349715_10207594298766534_8375990505283036758_n
Austin, TX
View Full Profile

Learn the theory behind the sounds you hear and how to better understand chords, scales, rhythms, keys, progressions, substitutions, harmonizations, part-writing, counterpoint, modulation and much more!

About Trevor
Learn to play music that you love. I offer customized lessons based on your interests and the things you most want to learn. Using proven techniques from years of performing, research and teaching, I help my students make consistent progress while having fun!

***Areas of study***

Performance
Singing & playing
Music Theory
Improvisation
Technique
Fretboard Understanding
Recording
Songwriting & composition
Reading (notation, charts, TAB)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ali March 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My husband and I just had our first few lessons with Trevor and we couldn’t recommend him more. As a high school band director who is a guitar beginner, I think that Trevor is a fantastic teacher. He makes music and guitar fun, ensures you feel successful in each lesson, and is teaching quality information in a very logical order and pace.
Silhouette-80
Nonye A. March 22, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Best Instructor ever!
Silhouette-80
Will April 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've taken a couple of lessons from Trevor so far and they have been awesome. I've taken lessons from about 7 or 8 instructors in my lifetime and he is definitely one of, if not the best.
The thing that makes Trevor stand out to me is that he took the time to get to know what I wanted to learn and to figure out how I like to learn. He comes prepared to the lessons with material, answers any questions I have during the week by email and has worked with me to develop a specific education plan to meet my goals.
I suggest taking a trial lesson with this guy to see if you're on the same page. I am definitely not going anywhere else while I live in Austin.
View Details
View Profile
Trevor P.

Trevor P.

Online
(14)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Sherman N.

Close
Profile_133441_pi_Screenshot_20180815-212532_Instagram
Madison, WI

View Full Profile

I will the basic fundamentals of music theory; there will be a good amount of practice and trivia, and I hope each student will enjoy the lessons.

About Sherman
Hello, my name is Sherman and I'm currently a student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I've played piano for about 14 years, and I participated in my high school orchestra for all 4 years. I passed the Grade 8 Piano Exam for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in 2016. I've very excited to be helping young kids finding their love and passion and music and I will also help them stay committed to it.
...
View Details
View Profile
Sherman N.

Sherman N.

Madison, WI 53706
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Brendan K.

Close
Profile_132891_pi_201701
Madison, WI
View Full Profile

Music theory is the grammar of music. Think of it this way: could you read a book in a language you don’t understand? Music theory teaches you to understand the language of rock songs and concept albums, sonatas and symphonies. This is an essential skill for all musicians.

The first step is to master the fundamentals: notes, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, clefs, terminology and correct notation. Students then learn rhythm; the structure of chords; harmonic progression and syntax; cadences; and phrasing.

If a student is interested in classical music, study will include the construction and creation of melody; counterpoint; form and structure; solfege; and the analysis of each of these aspects of music in the actual repertoire of classical music.

In all cases, particular attention will be paid to understanding the sound and meaning of music.

Experience playing an instrument is highly encouraged, although not required. Ear training is an ideal pairing to get the

About Brendan
I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.

When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.

I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition,
music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Devin October 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.
Silhouette-80
Sally September 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have had a couple of lessons with Brendan. I was still taught and knew little about technique. He has made both technique and theory relatable and has improved my playing immensely. I've already learned a couple of songs I've always wanted to play so I'm jazzed about that and looking forward to learning more. I highly recommend Brendan.
Silhouette-80
Sarah August 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Brendan spent time helping me clean up my sound and increase my speed. He was very patient and knowledgeable. He was able to approach my problem in a way that helped almost immediately.
View Details
View Profile
Brendan K.

Brendan K.

Madison, WI 53703
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Cottage Grove, WI?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Get Started with Free Resources

Recent Music Theory Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music Theory articles on our blog.

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help … Read More

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More