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Music Theory Composition & Songwriting Lessons in Downingtown, PA

Online or In-Person Music Theory Composition & Songwriting Lessons at Downingtown Music Academy in Downingtown, PA. Contact us to get started.

Time to Compose Music and Write Some Songs!

Music theory and composition students are taught how to read music, about musical structure and how to apply these skills to songwriting. They are invited to listen to various composers to learn about past and emerging trends in music composition and find inspiration of their own.

  • Students will be invited to improvise on the piano and record their improvisations.
  • They will be taught how to sight-sing in order to learn how to notate any melodies in their head.
  • They will learn how music has changed and been influenced throughout history.
  • They will learn how to read lead sheets and use stylistic invariants in their playing.
  • They will be provided with honest feedback and constructive help on their compositions.
  • They will learn how the human brain processes music and how best to capitalize upon this process for the greatest audience appeal.
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A Brief History & Introduction to Music Theory

Image of an instructor teaching a lesson Music theory fundamentals structure the way music sounds and is perceived by the human ear. Understanding how to read music and analyze it is key to developing the skills needed to compose and play instruments.

What’s the difference
between Music Theory and Music Composition

Although music composition draws upon music theory reading techniques, there is a difference between the two.

Music Theory
Music theory is understanding how to read and analyze music

Music Composition
Music composition is the act of writing songs.

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Music Theory & Composition Lessons at Downingtown Music Academy

Image of a student learning music theory Music theory and composition students receive instruction in reading sheet music, understanding musical structure, and applying these skills to the art of songwriting. They are encouraged to explore the works of various composers, both from the past and contemporary, to gain insight into evolving trends in music composition and to ignite their own creative inspiration.

Beginner Music Theory & Composition Lessons

Students will learn the basics of music theory and composition including reading musical staff notation, building and identifying key signatures and scales and identifying intervals.

Intermediate Music Theory & Composition Lessons

Students will continue to explore the world of music analysis and harmony building/melody writing. They will have the opportunity to improvise on the piano and document their improvisational pieces. They will also receive guidance on sight-singing, enabling them to notate melodies directly from their thoughts.

Advanced Music Theory & Composition Lessons

Throughout their studies, students will explore the evolution and influence of music throughout history. They will become proficient in reading lead sheets and incorporating stylistic elements into their playing. Constructive feedback and support on their compositions will be readily available.

In addition, students will delve into the fascinating realm of how the human brain processes music, learning how to leverage this understanding for the greatest audience impact.

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Music Theory & Composition Lesson Pricing

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One-on-One Music Theory & Composition lesson pricing:

  • 30 min: $180 per month
  • 60 min: $320 per month

For small group Music Theory & Composition lessons (2-3 people of the same level and age):

  • 30 min: $100 per month
  • 60 min: $160 per month

We have designated makeup days at the end of each month on the 29-31.

Pay-As-You-Go Rates

Students who are unable to pay monthly or schedule a recurring weekly time slot may participate in pay-as-you-go. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule lessons with the teacher on a weekly basis. This form of scheduling does not guarantee a weekly guitar lesson slot.

  • 30 minutes: $50 per lesson
  • 60 minutes: $90 per lesson
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