Music Theory & Composition

Learn the structure behind your favorite music and write your own!

Music theory lessons are flexible, geared toward exactly what the student would like to learn about music theory, and no prior musical experience is necessary -- all ages and levels are accepted. Areas of focus might include sight-reading, solfege, rhythm-reading, ear-training, harmony, form, analysis, and counterpoint. Past students have included dancers, singers, audio engineers, and instrumentalists ranging from beginner to professional. Music theory can be taught on its own or in combination with violin, viola, cello, piano, or composition.


Composition lessons are completely based on the individual student! Older children and adults spend each lesson delving into what they have written that week. Elements of music theory and orchestration are taught as they are needed for each piece written. Students are encouraged, though not required, to have or gain basic piano and/or computer composition software skills. Younger children will be guided through improvisation, learn to capture and recreate their favorite improvisations by forming their own graphic notation, and gradually transition over to standard musical notation when ready. Prior musical experience is helpful but not essential; more important is the desire to learn and a willingness to set aside time to write on a near-daily basis. Composition can be taught on its own or in combination with violin, viola, cello, piano, or music theory.

All students are welcome to attend the group classes (at no extra charge) as often as they like, and all may participate as composers, arrangers, orators, performers, and/or conductors
 in the lively, informal, collaborative "Composing Strings & Keys Concert" each spring!