The first blog post on this website should discuss the purpose of this blog. I’m a full-time private online music instructor teaching classical and jazz piano and theory. I thought it might be nice to have a music theory blog where my students can check up on what we discuss in lessons. We will discuss music theory, harmony, composition, arranging, orchestration, and all this fun stuff.
When I initially started studying music theory for taking The Royal Conservatory of Music exams, these were subjects you had to take to get your certificates, so I took them. Later I studied “orchestration for film and television” and “producing music in Logic” through online courses at Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning two specialist certificates. When I took these courses through Berklee, it was a chance to see how all of these subjects come together; there’s an actual excitement when writing a composition that you don’t get by simply writing exercises. Then the added excitement when you put your creation in a DAW and hear your arrangement played back. That process made it so much more exciting, and I hope this blog will bring realism and excitement about music theory in general to my students.
While this blog will also cover examples, how-to’s, and exercises, I plan to demonstrate further and explain how music theory and composition can be fun and exciting. Not everyone will agree, but I hope to win over some hearts and minds, or at least I’ll try.
Let’s dig in, start our journey together, and see if we can cultivate a love for music theory and create some beautiful compositions. Thanks for reading; I’m just a music teacher having fun; catch ya on the next one.