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Theory Rudiments, Harmony, History, Analysis, Counterpoint

 

Theory and Composition is taught at NMS in private lesson or group classes. The study of how music works as it examines the language and notation of music.  This is also a Co-requisites for RCM examination.

 

Why Theory, If I’m not doing practical exams?    

  1. Master pieces faster

  2. Improve sight reading

  3. Enjoy music more

  4. Ability to Improvise

  5. Learn about composers and their style and forms

 

Why Theory if I’m not a piano student? I just want to play guitar or strings

  1. Learning how to read sheet music familiarizes guitarists and string players with the foundations of chords and how tablature looks on a score. The knowledge of the individual notes that each string can play, makes for an easier time playing riffs, in different tunings and is crucial for gigging or playing in groups.

  1. Understanding of chord progressions

  2. Improvise better as they will know the scales that can be played over every chord

 

Why Theory if I’m a vocal student?

  1. Knowing voice leading and construction rules helps songwriters arrange simpler versions of pieces.

  2. Theory knowledge, coupled with strong aural skills, allow songwriters to transcribe by ear any pieces they like that aren’t available in sheet music or for their instruments

  3. Knowledge of aural skills, forms and chord progressions songwriters can identify the chords involved, and the key changes