Music Theory

Music Theory

Ages 7 - Adult

Learn the building blocks and the language of music

Fall Semester begins in September!

Creative Music Theory Classes

Creative music theory classes are musicianship classes complementing instrument instruction. The ultimate goal of creative theory is to produce a literate musician, able to understand, read, write, analyze, and compose music. The ideal age to start music theory is 7 - 8 years old when children are able to read and write, but students benefit at ALL ages and stages!

Students will learn about...

  • improvisation and composition
  • ear training using solfège (do-re-mi) and how to hear and recognize pitches, intervals, and chords
  • scales, key signatures, basics of harmony, and rhythm
  • basic piano literacy
  • pieces of music from different periods and genres of music history

Theory is taught in small groups and classes meet once a week and last 55 minutes. Students are placed after meeting with the theory teacher, and grouped according to their age and skill level.

Test your knowledge and have some fun with these music theory videos, jokes, and exercises.

Private Music Theory Lessons

Interested in learning theory in a private setting? We also offer private lessons for advanced theory students. Private lesson rates apply - please visit our lesson webpage for more information about registration.



Fall 2019

Ages 7 - Adult

Instructor: Rebecca Sacks

Fall Semester: 15 weeks

Tuition: $280 per semester + $25 materials fee + $20 fall registration fee

Discounts/Scholarships: Powers private lesson students receive 10% off theory tuition. If you plan to register for private lessons and an orchestra or ensemble at Powers in addition to theory, please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about the Powers Conservatory Program.

Class Times:

  • Theory Level 1 (beginner): Saturdays, 11:00 - 11:55 am  Begins 9/14/19
  • Theory Level 2 (intermediate): Saturdays, 12:10 - 1:05 pm  Begins 9/14/19
  • Theory Level 3 (Intermediate/Advanced): Saturdays, 1:20 - 2:15 pm  Begins 9/14/19

Ready to Register? Use the button below to register online.


Theory Level 1 (Beginner)
Level 1 theory is a beginner level course. The students develop their ear – a musician’s most important tool! – by learning to sight-read simple melodies and rhythms. They also learn to identify and use properly all the symbols for defining pitch and rhythm in music notation. Students learn the basics of harmony, so that they can compose short pieces for the piano and for their instrument. This class is designed to provide beginner musicians with the necessary tools to quickly improve their skills through sight-reading simple music, learning about music notation, and composing their own music.

Theory Level 2 (Intermediate)
Level 2 theory is an intermediate level course. Students learn to sight-read more complex rhythms and melodies. They continue their exploration of music notation, adding new symbols to their vocabulary, such as triplets and sextuplets, major scales, diatonic harmony and new time signatures. They also learn to recognize new intervals by singing, writing, and playing them at the piano. The students learn to compose short melodies with piano accompaniment, including 8-bar periods and variations on a simple theme.

Theory Level 3 (Intermediate/Advanced)
Level 3 theory is designed as an intermediate-advanced level course. These students are already capable of reading and understanding written music. Ear training includes sight- reading more complex rhythms, and sight-reading melodies in different keys. The students familiarize themselves with compound meter, syncopations, minor scales, more advanced diatonic harmony and the identification of all intervals. Their composition assignments are more advanced, and they learn to compose variations on a more complex theme.


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