Music Theory Classes



Let's shed some light on the how and why of music and songwriting.

List of All Theory Classes (30 found)

Essential Apps for Musicians

Songwriting  |  Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $147 ($137 members)

Thursday with Dona Benkert

Discover the world of apps that can make you a better musician…

Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Thursday with Jack Cassidy

Work collectively on scales, arpeggios and basic improvisation.

Bluegrassical Ensemble

Ensemble  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Monday with Jon Wall

Come unveil a fresh synthesis of bluegrass and classical music for fretted instruments.

Note Reading for Fiddle & Mandolin

Fiddle & Cello  |  Group ClassBeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Steve Levitt or Michael O'Toole

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey.

Beginning Music Reading for Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Master musical language by learning to read and write

Building Chord Vocabulary: 7ths and Extended Triads

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

The stronger your vocabulary the better you can speak the language of music.

Building Chord Vocabulary: Beyond Barre Chords

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Advanced Fingerboard Theory

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Chris Corsale

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

Time to take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Wednesday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Pop Guitar Techniques and Arrangements

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Open Stage 101

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Thursday with Bill Brickey or Shelley Miller

Hit your next open stage equipped with knowledge and confidence.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Guitar  |  Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Dan's Rhythm Method

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

Let's count to four all together, and get this thing right!

Guitar Study Hall

Guitar  |  Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Michael O'Toole

8 chord shapes will enable you to start playing in this style

Scales With Colors

Guitar  |  WorkshopIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

Discover a new way to learn, practice, and use scales in your guitar playing!

Piano: Beginning Repertoire

Piano  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Tina Rose

Play It By Ear

Guitar  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Train your ears to figure it out.

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Songwriting  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday, Tuesday or Saturday with Charles Kim or Deanna Devore

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday or Sunday with Steve Dawson

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday or Tuesday with Charles Kim or Steve Dawson

Get motivated and achieve fruition.

Beginning Music Theory

Songwriting  |  Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Cathy Norden

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Music Theory 2

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Cathy Norden

Things are gonna get real interesting soon.

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

This class is offered on a rotating basis. We'll return in the fall.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Applied Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Songwriting  |  Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with David Jennings

You've learned the scales and chords, now it's time to take it to the bandstand.

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