I'm now offering online classes in music literacy and music theory!
Each course consists of 6 weekly 60-minute classes offered over Zoom.
These courses are geared toward students aged 13 and up (adult beginners welcome!). Whether you're an adult amateur who wants to learn more about the inner structure of how music works, a student who wants to gain a deeper understanding of music theory, or an experienced player who plays by ear and would like to learn the theory behind what you're doing, these courses can help you.
These classes are currently being offered online in a one-on-one setting. Private lessons can be a great supplement to private instrumental lessons. I can also prepare you for your Royal Conservatory of Music theory exams or help prepare you to enter a university or college level music program. I will personally be running all of the workshops and will be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
If you'd like to get to know me before registering please feel free to contact me to set up a FREE 20-minute Zoom call. Here we can assess your musical interests and ability level and determine which course is best for you.
The ability to read music can be a very powerful tool. It can vastly expand the possibilities for self-teaching music, increase the amount of music you can have in your repertoire at one time, give you a language for describing musical ideas, and help you to learn the underlying structures that make music work.
Maybe for you the thought of learning to read music comes with unpleasant memories of piano lessons as a child. Maybe you want to learn to read music but you dread the thought of slogging through pieces of classical music that you’re not interested in learning. Perhaps you’re already a great player but want to develop your ability to read so that you can reap the benefits.
This 6-week online course is designed to focus strictly on the written language of music without a technical requirement.
No music reading experience is required for this course, we’ll start from the very beginning.
Scales and Intervals
Scales are the basic note collections that make up most popular, classical, and jazz music.
If you’ve ever looked at a piano and wondered how to know which notes will go well together and which ones will clash, this is a class that can help you.
It’s not magic, it’s not an innate gift that you’re either born with or you’re not, there is a structure and a logic to it that can be learned!
In this class you'll learn how to build any major or minor scale, you'll learn how to objectively name the distance between two notes, and you'll learn about other commonly used scales that can add variety to your music.
This class will rely on music notation and will use the piano keyboard for demonstrations (though other instruments are welcome too!) so it’s recommended that you come to this class with at least a rudimentary ability to read music.
If you are not comfortable reading music I recommend you first take my introductory course “Foundations: Music Literacy”.
Chords and Harmony
Chords drive the emotional content of music, provide a foundation for melodies, and help provide movement and direction within a song’s structure.
In this course you’ll learn what makes chords major or minor, which chords fit within each key, standard progressions to help give your music direction, how to move from chord to chord smoothly in your writing, and you’ll learn about other types of chords like 7th chords, diminished chords, and augmented chords.
This course relies on an understanding of major and minor scales and intervals as well as an ability to read music. If you don’t already possess this knowledge I recommend you check out my other courses, “Foundations: Music Literacy” and “Building Blocks: Scales and Intervals”.