Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
(706) 542-2894 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. 10 - 2 and 4 - 6
Tues. 10 - 3
Wed. 4 - 6
Thurs. 10 - 2 and 4 - 6
(alternate hours available by appointment)
What is music theory?
To quote Wikipedia, "Music theory is the study of how music works." In its most elementary stages, music theory is learning to read notes on the staff and identifying basic pitch direction - low vs. high, notes that go up, down, or stay the same. From there, students progress to understanding intervals (the distance between notes), to chords, key signatures, scales, modes, melody, harmony, rhythm, and chord progressions. Each of these skills can be studied in both written and aural contexts. Ultimately, music theory incorporates all aspects of music composition, harmonization, and improvisation.
Beginning Music Theory
For students who would prefer to attend a weekly class with a live teacher. This course is designed for students of all ages and abilities and is not instrument-specific. Students will learn basic music theory skills such as note-reading, rhythm, intervals, scales, key signatures, and musical terms in a weekly class setting. Ages 13 - Adult.
S13 class time TBD.
Please contact the CMS office for further details if you are interested in participating.
Introduction to Jazz/Blues Theory for Pianists
Students ages 13 – adult possessing basic piano skills will learn the blues scale and its corresponding chords, how to use them in a range of keys and contexts, and turn the symbols in sheet music or a “Fake Book” into “pop music.” Harmonic concepts covered include the difference between regular triads and jazz/blues triads, jazz voicing of chords typically used in popular music, and “tri-tone substitution.” Exploring the percussive nature of the piano, students will learn some Latin/swing/rock figures.
This is a great course for kids and adults who already play a bit of piano, want to dabble in pop improvisation, but lack solid knowledge of the theoretical side of jazz/blues. Gain some confidence in your playing and learn how to navigate a Fake Book so you can impress your family and friends at the next get-together!
In class, students will listen to recordings of jazz/blues masters and to examples of principles/techniques played by the instructor. From earliest classes, students will experience jazz’s relaxed “vibe,” soon playing basic progressions (called “changes”) and experiencing the practical, communal, fun sides of music.
A basic understanding of scales, key signatures, and intervals will assist pianists joining this class.
Mondays 6:15 - 7:15
January 28 - April 8
Questions? Please contact the CMS office at email@example.com, or 706-542-2894 for additional details.