Theory, aural training and practical musicianship

For a fluent musician, music theory can be a genuinely fun activity. So I teach students to develop their practical knowledge of my model of rhythm and tonality as a firm foundation before going on to explore theoretical ideas. I’m equally happy to teach music theory across all styles and genres of music.

I 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 I enjoy helping students with their studies in all disciplines and levels, whether beginner, Grade 5 theory or graduate level and beyond.