Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
(706) 542-2894



Music Theory

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), 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.

No Theory classes are currently offered.



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