What is Music Theory?

Very simply, music theory is studying how music is put together. It is the study of what composers do to build musical pieces and musical art.


Why do we study it?

People have often made comparisons between music and spoken language. Following this comparison, music theory is like studying grammar. If you want to be a musician and 'speak the language,' you need to know some of the grammar.

Students of other instruments often find they need some extra work on theory. I've had some students do extra work in theory and pass out of the first level or two of college theory, saving lots of time and money.

Others want a foundation for improvising—they want to know the scales, key signatures, and chords to play at church or with other musicians.



How do we study it?

The study of theory is always included in regular piano lessons. But some students want to study theory exclusively. Either way, we start with the basics: scales and chords, melodies and phrases. We can focus on counterpoint, 20th century compositional practice, pop/jazz, or the classics. Along with studying the concepts, we want to focus on composers' actual works, so analysis becomes a big part of study.

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Let's talk!

If you are ready to study theory, please contact me! We can discuss your goals, schedules, and determine how to get started.