Intro to Music Theory is a live class designed to help students who know nothing about reading music and helping them to eventually compose their own music!  Music theory is the study of reading and writing music, and it is imperative to begin to understand and appreciate music.  In the first half of this class, students will begin by learning all of the symbols on the page.  From there, they will learn how to identify keys, scales, chords, and start learning the basics for putting these together.  The second half will focus on a 16th and 17th century style of composition called counterpoint, which was used by Bach, Palestrina, Mozart, and many, many others.  Students will learn how to create their own melodies and harmonies through this practice.  This course is for all people 13+ years of age with beginner to intermediate knowledge of music theory.


Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson has recently appeared as a Young Artist with Nashville Opera during the 2019-2020 season.  Making his Nashville Opera debut, he sang the roles of King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, David in Pepito, and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw.

Mr. Anderson has also participated in Young Artist Programs at Des Moines Metro Opera, Palm Beach Opera (Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus), Dayton Opera (Pong in Turandot; Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and the Soloist in Messiah);  Opera Saratoga (Bardolfo in Falstaff; Gus Polock and Professor Trixie in The Cradle Will Rock); Central City Opera (Jimmy in Later the Same Evening), and at Wolf Trap Opera (Le Journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias; the Opera Box Quartet and Count Almaviva cover in The Ghosts of Versailles). Aside from opera, he has appeared as a soloist for many orchestras across North America in performances including Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Lobgesang, Bach St. John Passion, Gounod Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, King David, Elijah, The Creation, and Saint-Saëns Requiem.

Mr. Anderson is deeply passionate about continuing to spread knowledge and appreciation of classical music and opera.  Alongside the Young Artist Programs, Mr. Anderson has toured in 2 children’s operas and has performed numerous concerts in schools bringing opera and classical music to tens of thousands of children across the United States.  Through this, he has taught children about classical music, singing, and the life of a professional opera singer.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, he received his Bachelors of Music in 2014 and his Masters of Music in 2016.


Cost – $400/year


-Staff paper (printable for free online)

Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music (Second Edition) by Robert Gauldin (available for free online with a free Scribd account) 

Time – Wednesdays 11 AM PST (2 PM EST)


*As classes have already started, please note that Summer enrollment is now closed, but you can still enroll for the 2020/21 academic year.


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