Close up of hand on a piano keyboard



"Without discipline,

there can be no freedom."

– Nadia Boulanger

About Music Theory

How do we know what we are playing? How do we hear what we are playing? Understanding the theory/grammar of the music we play will greatly enhance our musical experience. 

Perhaps Theory is a 'bad' word. I really believe that it is the Grammar of western classical music that students of all ages can learn. 

 What I offer

  • Individualized ‘theory’ lessons:  these lessons are designed to improve students' reading and cognition of music. When we know how to name a chord or identify a passage of harmony that we are playing, we have greater knowledge and control of what we are playing. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student and depends on his or her experience level.

  • Advanced theory lessons: this level of my theory course includes core reading, playing cadences and sequences; four-part Chorale Reading, keyboard harmony, and counterpoint.

  • Course outline: the course includes interval identification/writing; major scale construction; basic triads; minor scale construction; basic inversion of triads; diatonic harmony, and roman numerals; cadences; clef reading; basic seventh chords; fixed solfege.

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