Music Lessons

Music Theory

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides!"

(Artur Schnabel)

It is true that very often pauses are considered less important than notes. Notes and pauses, melodic patterns, harmonic progressions, forms and proportions — reading and interpreting music means to understand all the levels of a musical score.

Music & Coaching understands music theory as a practical matter. Our classes seek to impart theoretical knowledge as a vital part of playing technique and interpretation. Beginners need to master the concepts of harmonic progression and form as much as advanced amateurs and professional musicians.

While for beginners it is important to obtain a more basic knowledge of the musical principals, which help building a good technique, advanced amateurs may concentrate on harmonic progressions, forms and proportions on a larger scale. Professionals need to master music analysis in order to find valid interpretations.

Music theory must not become an end in itself; music theory and music analysis always strive to understand music on various levels to the purpose of interpretation. Music theory is part of the trade and must be included in a serious music education.

Private Lessons are ideal to work on specific subjects on a very personal level; they can be booked singly or in series of 10.