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Music Theory Classes

A strong foundation in music theory is the hallmark of a well-rounded musician.

All group theory classes are cancelled until further notice for 2020-21. Sign up for private theory classes.

Not only is music theory a requirement to complete grade levels at the Royal Conservatory of Music, but it also enriches a student’s understanding of the music they play and oftentimes leads to creative composition. Our music theory courses here at Lippert are designed to be informative, structured, and fun!

Theory is an essential part of your music education. If music is a language, theory is how we write, read, and understand that language. Incorporating theory work at whatever level you’re studying will help you learn music faster, understand the music better, and perform more confidently.

Your theory studies will grow with you as a musician. When you first begin, theory helps you learn to read music by identifying notes on the staff and rhythmic patterns in your music. As you advance, you start to learn about major and minor scales, key signatures (why does that piece have F#s but that other one doesn’t?), intervals and chords. These are all patterns composers use to construct the music that we’re playing.  At an advanced level, you learn about the architecture of music. From sonata-allegro form to chorus-verse style songs. 

Theory ties the music that you’re learning to the wider world of music beyond your lessons. Do you want to learn that song from your videogame? Use your ear-training and theory skills to figure out the notes, intervals and rhythms. Do you want to start writing your own music? Use the chords you’ve learned to create a harmonic structure. And if you ever want to start playing another instrument, it’s your theory knowledge that will give you a head start. 

The beauty of studying theory either privately or along with your instrumental lessons is that we can tailor the lessons to your individual needs for success. 

And did you know that you can earn high school credits by completing Royal Conservatory of Music theory exams alongside your instrumental exams?

If you would like to learn more about our private theory classes, contact us for more information! Lippert Music Centre is open to students of all ages and experience levels.

Blog Post by Sarah Steeves 2020-12-07