There are only twelve tones and they need to be treated carefully.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963; a German-born American composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor.).

To study Music Theory is essentially to explore how music works. Beginning theory students solidify their musical literacy and learn about the fundamentals of pitch relationships (intervals, triads), rhythm and meter. More advanced students study harmony and counterpoint by doing their own written exercises and looking at great pieces from past eras through their favorite music of today. All theory students continually work on improving their musicianship, which involves sight-singing, ear-training and keyboard skills.

Theory lessons are for anyone who wants a better understanding of the music they play or sing. All ages can benefit. This is an excellent way to prepare for the AP Music Theory Exam, as well as placement tests at the college level (sometimes used as admissions criteria) for students wishing to take music classes.


For all of you aspiring Mozarts, this is a rare opportunity to study Composition outside of the college or conservatory setting. We recommend that you take at least three years of instrumental or voice lessons and be in junior high or above before signing up for composition lessons.

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