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“Private Music Theory Lessons”

Steve Marks
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This class combines elements of music theory, functional keyboard instruction, ear training, sight singing and transcription skills to improve the student's overall musicianship.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner Level
  • The goal of this class is to help the student understand and master basic musicianship skills. Topics we will cover include: Fundamentals of pitch and rhythm notation. Finding the notes on the keyboard. Matching pitch. Playing the C major scale on the keyboard Notes and rests. Singing the major scale. Playing major scales with sharps. (G, D etc.) Playing major scales with flats. (F, Bb etc.) Pitch id exercise 1. (treble and bass clef.) Progressive rhythm etudes Progressive sight singing melodies Intervals; starting with diatonic intervals from major scale and eventually chromatic intervals. chord structure Playing the chords of the major scales starting with C major Playing chord progressions on the keyboard. Rhythmic and melodic transcription
Homework Offered
there will be a small amount of written homework and some keyboard and vocal exercises to practice.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment
Grades Offered
Teacher will give handouts for students.
Joined May, 2020
Steve teaches at the Bass Collective in New York City and is the author of several books for bassists: Developing Reading Skills for the Contemporary Bassists, and Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for the Bass. 

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1-on-1 Lessons


per session
Meets on demand
55 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-18

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