Theory and Practical Musicianship

For a fluent musician, music theory can be a genuinely fun activity. So Phil teaches students to have a firm grasp and practical knowledge of his model of rhythm and tonality as a practical foundation before going on to explore theoretical ideas. He is equally happy to teach music theory across all styles and genres of music.

He can help students understand classical harmony and counterpoint, grasp jazz chords and voicings, realise Baroque figured bass, flesh out chord symbols on a song lead sheet, understand syncopation or crossed rhythms, analyse the structure of large symphonic works, grasp the basic structure of a modern pop song or a jazz standard or classical sonata form… Music theory is a rich and complex subject and Phil can help students with their studies in all disciplines and levels, whether beginner, Grade 5 theory or graduate level.