Music Theory Bootcamp
If it's been awhile since you passed grade 5 theory -
If you feel overwhelmed or intimidated by grade 6 theory (or other advanced theory studies) -
Or if you just want to strengthen your music theory skills, then the Music Theory Bootcamp was designed for you.
The Music Theory Bootcamp is designed to review music theory fundamentals and build a strong foundation for advanced studies in music theory. In the bootcamp, you will:
- review major and minor scales around the circle of fifths
- revise and expand your knowledge of intervals and their inversions
- build major, minor, diminished and augmented triads
- build major 7th chords, minor 7th chords, 7th chords, half-diminished 7th chords and fully-diminished 7th chords
- put this all together to develop a basic understanding of diatonic harmony
The Music Theory Bootcamp is ideal for anyone who would like to strengthen their grasp of music theory.
Here's what you get when you enrol in the Music Theory Bootcamp:
- video lessons and lesson slides in pdf form you can download - you can access these right away and work at your own pace
- worksheets and answer keys in pdf form you can download - these are designed to work your music theory knowledge from different angles
- access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, post your work for review, and meet other musicians who are also working on their music theory basics
- a live Q&A session on the first Friday of the month where you can dialogue and work through more complex concepts in music theory
What others say about the Music Theory Bootcamp:
"Excellent course ...Clearly not just tailored for those wanting to pass grade 6
theory - the course seems geared to delivering a really solid
understanding of harmony and so would make you a better musician and
teacher." -Jo Sanderson
"Lona is a fantastic teacher who is really passionate about music theory.
Her love of teaching shines through and she explains the concepts well.
She is always available to answer any questions that come up and goes
above and beyond to make sure that her students' needs are met." -Charlotte Ward
"[This course] will definitely put you on the right direction for grade 6." -Gillian Beattie
"Lona is a gifted teacher with a way of explaining things that makes you eager to learn rather than shame for not knowing more than you do! She is thorough in her breakdown of the modules and gives plenty of help and time to digest each principle." -Rebecca Marshall
"[Music Theory Bootcamp] will help you to begin thinking in a key and will develop your musical understanding in many ways." -Hannah Tudor
"After years of trying to understand the ABRSM books everything became clearer." -Valerie Neighbour
I have been teaching music theory and composition since I began my
graduate education in 1999. While studying for my MA in Music
Composition at the University of Pennsylvania, I started
teaching music theory to Penn
undergraduates. I have since taught music theory and composition at
Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, Plymouth University (UK), Dartington
College of Arts (UK), and in my own studio at home. I own and operate
the Totnes School of Piano.
I entered my undergraduate studies completely focussed on studying piano
performance, but I quickly found that studying music theory improved my
sight-reading and my ability to memorise music; it heightened my
musical expression and understanding at the piano; and it eventually led
me to composing music.
I hold dual undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music theory, an MA and PhD in composition from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and two MFAs in performance (improvisation emphasis) and electronic music and recording media from Mills College in California, where I won the Flora Boyd Piano Performance Prize in 2011.
But most importantly, I have a passion for teaching music theory. I
believe it is the key that unlocks all musical treasures. It can be
engaging in its own right, but music theory, for me, is best viewed as a
means toward greater musical expression and creativity.