Theory Lessons

 Linn Kezer Music Studio offers music theory lessons in Port St. Lucie FL and Stuart FL to children and adults of all skill levels, beginner through advanced.

Mrs. Kezer has been studying and teaching music lessons for over 40 years. Throughout her music studies and career she has studied music theory. She began teaching flute lessons as a high school student. After high school she enlisted in the U.S. Army as a flute/piccolo player. After graduating from the U.S. Army School of Music (where music theory was an integral part of the curriculum) she was transferred to the 4th Infantry Division Band at Fort Carson, CO. After her military duty, she studied voice with Dr. Robert Harris at Armstrong State College in Savannah, GA, again including music theory in the curriculum. She studied flute with Rebecca Jeffreys, who continued to build upon the already strong knowledge of music theory.

What You Will Learn

Beginners

I use the Alfred's Essentials of Music  Theory for students, regardless of their instrument of study.

For students who are new to studying music theory, we will begin with learning to read music, including the staff, note naming, note values, key signatures, time signatures, intervals, accidentals, tetrachords, scales, and primary chords in Major and Minor keys, learning 3 Major keys to begin and moving on to 3 more. You will also learn how to transpose simple pieces between these key signatures. Additionally, you will begin to learn elementary music terminology as well as very basic music history, music form, sight reading, and ear training. You will learn enough about the piano to be able to demonstrate your understanding of the course material. Piano is the easiest instrument to "see" music theory on, so I use it with all students.

If you are studying another instrument - woodwind, brass, string, keyboard, percussion, or other - we will discuss how the theory you are learning relates to your other instrument(s).

Intermediate

At the intermediate level, you will continue to use the Essentials of Music   Theory, progressing on to more difficult levels. At this level we will continue to learn time signatures, rhythm, intervals, tetrachords, major and minor scales and triads. We will introduce the circle of fifths, basic melody accompaniment and primary chord progressions, chord inversions, dominant seventh chords, cadences, structure and style in music, and more advanced transposing. We will also continue to advance in form in music, music history, terminology, sight reading, and ear training.

For students who are new to the formal study of music theory, but who have a good base of understanding of music through the study of an instrument, we will very quickly go through the early levels of the books until we find a level at which you are not as well-versed, and continue from there.

At this level, you will study more key signatures, more time signatures, and we will delve into chord inversions. You will continue to learn terminology and music history.

Advanced

At the intermediate level, you will continue to use the Essentials of Music   Theory. Again, for students who are new to the formal study of music theory, but who have a good base of understanding of music through the study of an instrument, we will very quickly go through the early levels of the books until we find a level at which you are not as well-versed, and continue from there.

Advanced study will include all major and minor scales as well as chromatic and whole tone scales, including the three forms of minor and parallel minor. Chord study will be expanded to include Major, Minor, Perfect, Diminished, and Augmented. Scale degrees, triads of the scale, secondary triads - in major, minor, diminished and augmented, and ornaments will be introduced. In addition to advancing in terminology, form, history, sight reading, and ear training, we will learn about texture, melodic phrase structure, figured bass, secondary dominants, modulation, harmonic analysis, modulation, and hemiolas. All the while, you will continue to become more progressively grounded in form in music, music history, terminology, sight reading, and ear training.

Scheduling

Lessons are held weekly.  They can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or one hour. I will consider one-time lessons or occasional/non-scheduled lessons on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition

The tuition for lessons is established by the music store where the lesson is held.

Payment

Payment for lessons will be made monthly and is due at the first lesson of the calendar month, payable to the music store where the lesson is held.

 


  


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For more information on music theory lessons in Port St. Lucie FL or Stuart FL, contact altoflutist@yahoo.com or call 507.993.8303.