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Music Theory Lessons in Piedmont, SC



“Music theory” is a very broad term, covering both basic and advanced ideas.  

If a student is a beginner, I will emphasize things such as note naming, fluent reading, proper musical terms, and accurate rhythm.

Ear training is another priceless skill. Some examples are students learning how to listen to notes and ascertain how far apart they are, identify the type of chord they are hearing, and discover what rhythms are being played.

Sightsinging is the other side of the coin of ear training. Students look at a melody and sing it, without the benefit of hearing the notes being played. As they improve at identifying the distances between notes and knowing what different combinations and patterns sound like, they gain the ability to sightsing.

You may ask what the benefit of ear training and sightsinging is. Imagine looking at a page of music and being able to hear it in your mind, without actually hearing the music. As you play through a piece, your “ear knowledge” can help you find errors in your playing. Your eyes will see a particular pattern and your mind will know what to expect to hear. If your ears do not hear that expected sound, you are alerted to an error. These skills give you a level of power, of mastery, over music that you do not otherwise have.

 As students advance, we will look beyond notes and rhythms, looking at things such as various types of chords and different forms of pieces, while continuing sightsinging and ear training.

The more you learn about theory, the more you understand how music is formed, regardless of your instrument choice. The study of theory aids in unveiling the mysteries of music!

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