“Theory follows practice.”

Meaning that people were playing music long before there were any systems of symbols or language with which to communicate and preserve musical ideas and compositions.  An ongoing study of the primary system of music notation and terminology is essential for any instrumentalist, performer or composer.

The basic elements and language of music theory can be presented in a clear and accessible way, and any insight into this realm will enrich all of your other musical pursuits, and open up doors and pathways that you never knew existed.

I have taught music theory at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels to private students for 15 years, and to music theory classes and ensembles at various schools in the Midwest and on the West coast, and I enjoy discussing aspects of music theory and practice with non-musician music fans, beginner instrumental “hobbyists,” and the most advanced and accomplished of my peers, colleagues and mentors.

There are a few modes of music theory study available at this time, ranging from one or more single consultations, to planned out 4, 8, and 12 week courses, to ongoing private lesson style meetings in person or online.

Specific topics may include:

–       major scales and key signatures

–       all triad and 7th chord types

–       scale degree formulas for multiple scale types and modes

–       more on chord structure and basic harmonic progressions

–       overview of instrument types and thorough study of transposition

–       ear-training

–      basic composing and arranging