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Online Music Theory & Aural Training Class

Online Music Theory & Aural Training Class

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Online Music Theory & Aural Training Class

The purpose of this class is to provide a comprehensive and systematic ongoing training program for all our music students in music theory concepts and knowledge as well as to sharpen listening skills and analytical abilities.  It will create a more well-rounded and confident music student as well as improve skills which include sight-singing, improvisation, composition, sight-reading, form and analysis, and more.  Here is a list of some of the topics to be covered:

  • Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines

  • Note Durations

  • Measures and Time Signature

  • Rest Durations

  • Dots and Ties

  • Steps and Accidentals

  • Simple and Compound Meter

  • Odd Meter

  • Major and Minor Scales

  • Scale Degrees

  • Key Signatures

  • Intervals

  • Chord Structure

  • Triad Inversion

  • Seventh Chord Inversions

  • Chord Progressions

  • Circle of 5ths

  • Form and Analysis

  • More Advanced Concepts

Choose one of 3 student levels of instruction for the best fit.


Little Liszts: Students who are just starting music lessons will learn how to confidently read the staff and count basic rhythms, along with learning all the terminology and nuances of a budding musician.

Mezzo Mozarts: Students who have played for 1-2 years will fit perfectly in this theory class, as they will strengthen their comprehension of the staff and more advanced rhythms.  These students will also begin to delve into the foundational skills of music theory and the Circle of 5ths.

Proficient Prokofievs: Students who have studied for 3+ years will come to understand reading and musical analysis in a new light, as they develop both a visual and aural competency for intermediate music theory, the Circle of 5ths, and an array of intervallic and chordal relationships.

Students will consistently undergo a rotating three-week, three-step process for full mastery and comprehension of music theory and aural(ear) training concepts.

Week 1 LEARN - Students will learn in small groups about music concepts vital to each and every instrument and area of music study.

Week 2 REVIEW - Students will have the time to quiz themselves on learned concepts and ask for individual help and guidance when needed.

Week 3 MASTER - Students will have the ability to apply their new knowledge to their current studies, and “show what they know” to their peers, regardless of difference in instrument or skill.

Teacher: Evan McAuley M.M

Free Resources:

  • Why Columbus and Westerville Academies of Music?
    We are “Growing Musical Legacies One Heart at a Time.™” What does that mean? “Growing”- means our teachers nurture, encourage, and challenge our students to be the better version of themselves every week. Students are given significant but attainable musical goals each week for their development. “Musical Legacies” - means we’re focused on the extended vision for our students. Our teachers exhibit patience and share their passion, aspiring to instill in our students a life-long love of music and promoting excellence in their thinking. This investment now will continue to pay dividends long into the future! “One Heart at a Time.” - each student is to be the focus of his teacher for every minute of every lesson. We listen and pay attention to the individual needs of each student. We customize lesson plans to suit students, and modify and think outside the box to deliver engaging and fun music lessons for the duration of their studies! We have been delivering on this promise for 40 years. Let us show you the “Encore” difference!
  • Why are we changing our name?
    “Encore Music Studios” has served us well for 30 years. However, there has been some confusion about what our services encompass because of the word “Studios”. Too often we would receive calls from customers wanting to record music in our recording “studios.” Since this is not something we offer at this time, there had to be a better way. In addition, we want to let people know where we are located without looking any further than our name. Thus was born “Columbus Academy of Music” and “Westerville Academy of Music.” We are proud of the “Encore” tradition and will continue to use our magenta bass clef heart and the word “Encore,” but will begin transitioning to our new names through promotional material and our website.
  • Why should I trust Encore Music Studios’ Columbus or Westerville Academies of Music with my or my child’s music lessons?
    Encore has served 2900+ families with 150,000+ music lessons in the Columbus, Westerville, Dublin, Worthington, New Albany, Gahanna, Lewis Center, Powell, Polaris, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, Hilliard, and the OSU Campus area for 40+ years. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, have won Angie’s List Super Service Award, Thumbtack’s Top Pro award, and have 5 star ratings on Google, Yelp, and Most importantly, we care deeply about each of our students and families and see them as an extension of our own Encore family. Let us serve you and earn your trust!
  • Where are you located?
    We have a Westerville (623 Park Meadow Rd. Ste A 43081) and Columbus (2732 Sawbury Blvd. 43235) location, each conveniently located and immediately accessible from 270N. We have plenty of free parking and are handicapped accessible as we’re on the first floor of each building.
  • What instruments do you teach?
    Our academies specialize in teaching traditional & suzuki piano, violin, viola, voice/singing, electric and bass guitar, acoustic guitar and ukulele, trumpet, trombone, and drums.
  • What qualifications do your teachers have?
    Our Academy music teachers have BM, BME, BA, MM, MA, and DMA degrees and have studied at the Ohio State University, Julliard School of Music, College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Capital University, Carnegie Mellon University, Miami University, Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and others. They have extensive performance experience including at Carnegie Hall, National Taichung Theatre, Lucca (Italy), Sevilla (Spain), and Vienna (Austria). They have won regional and international competitions, a major music brand endorsement, and been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. But most importantly, our teachers have been described by our families as dedicated, professional, devoted, patient, kind, dependable, encouraging, and supportive!
  • How long will it take to learn my instrument?
    Musical training can last a lifetime. That said, the degree of expertise a student reaches depends on talent, time, and effort. Time is the most impactful of the three. Just as anything that is worthwhile takes time, practice time is the single most important factor determining the speed of progress on one’s chosen instrument. We encourage all our students to practice at least 5 days/week. The amount of time each day can range from 5 minutes to an hour or more. A student’s consistency throughout the week is aided greatly by the commitment to reserve specific times to practice on weekdays and/or weekends. Once a steady practice routine is established, the length of each session can gradually be increased over time. A student will get the most from each session by utilizing proper practice strategies and increasing the efficiency of repetition. A student’s talent and aptitude, as well as attitude, can affect the performance product as well. However, we believe that every child can learn music and enjoy the fruits of their labors for a lifetime!
  • I am an adult beginner. Can I still learn to play music and sing?
    Adults have a major advantage over children in learning an instrument or taking singing lessons. We have longer attention spans and knowledge of how to learn. We’ve also found that we value time more and consequently know what our goals are – what we want to get out of music lessons! Taking music lessons benefits our brain health and creates space and time to enjoy ourselves. The best is yet to come!
  • Is my child too young for music lessons?
    No, your child is not too young! While some musical instruments require of a student a minimum age or developmental milestone, learning and experiencing music is for everyone at every age. The sound and vibrations from a mother’s voice are heard and felt by the pre-born baby. The cadence, timbre, and pitch while the mother speaks or sings are all noticed by the baby, and the familiarity brings comfort when out of the womb. The mother and father have been known to feel rhythmic kicks from inside the mother’s belly when music is introduced in a way the infant can hear and feel. Perhaps the baby’s dancing? The point is that everyone responds to the audible orderliness of music. It is the universal language sometimes woven with linguistic verbalization, but always made up of small sonic packages or patterns assembled for greater complexity. Infants can listen and move to music. Toddlers can learn a rhythmic beat, high and low pitches, long and short, and play body percussion. Preschoolers can echo percussive patterns and sing on pitch, learn rounds, and play interesting instruments. Every student is unique and will progress at her own speed.

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