Classes

Songwriting Class

This class is for all levels of songwriters.
 
8 weeks starting January 10, 2017
Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30pm
Soundstructure Studios, 3131 Walnut Street
Studio 1 or 24, depending on class size
$160 for 8 classes (16 hours)
Min 4, max 10 students 

 

Music Theory Class

This “Music Theory 101″ class is for singers and instrumentalists with little to no prior music theory study.  Starting from the concept of what sound is, you will learn notes, keys, scales, modes, chords, chord theory, rhythm, tempo, song construction, and how to communicate with musicians.  Full syllabus below.
 
6 weeks starting March 8, 2017
Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30pm
Soundstructure Studios, 3131 Walnut Street
Studio 1 or 24, depending on class size
$120 for 6 classes (12 hours)

Min 4, max 10 students

“I learned more in the first two classes than I did in an entire semester of Music Theory class at my university!” – E.T. 
 
Music Theory 101 Syllabus*

Basics of Sound and Musical Notes
1.1. How sound is produced and perceived
Scales
2.1. Defining and understanding key
2.2. How to build scales
2.3. How to build and use modes
Chord Theory
3.1. Chord construction
3.2. Naming conventions of extended chords
3.3. Diatonic chords and how to find them
3.4. Voice leading
3.5. “Borrowed” and “passing” chords
3.6. Chord progressions
3.7. Circle progressions and chord motion
Scales, Part Two
4.1. Altered Scales and Modes
4.2. Harmonic Minor and its Modes
4.3. Whole tone scales
Rhythm and Counting
5.1. The 1e&a System
5.2. Identifying and Feeling Note Values
5.3. Anatomy of Drum Beats
5.4. Drummer terminology
5.5. Groove: Placement of Notes Against a Beat
5.6. Odd Time Signatures and Partial Bars
Song Construction
6.1. Song sections
6.2. Construction of Melodies
6.3. Chord Substitutions
6.4. Re-harmonizing Melodies
7. Musician Language
7.1. How to Discuss Rhythm and Tempo
7.2. Common “Feeling” Terms
7.3. Audio Engineering and Effects
7.4. How Live Music Fits Together

* This syllabus is from the Summer 2017 session of Music Theory 101.  It may change slightly for Spring 2017.  If you have questions about the specifics of the spring session, please contact us.
 

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Seminars

In addition, we have developed connections with music industry experts over the last three decades, both in Denver and across the country, and we like to share them with you.

Every couple of months we bring in an expert – usually from outside Performance High – to run an intensive workshop, bootcamp, masterclass, or seminar on a specific topic.  We have brought Nashville live music producer Lang Bliss several times in the past, and have Denver music business expert Katey Laurel on the books for our next workshop.  Depending on interest, future speakers may include Terry Clark (manager of Socialburn), mixing engineer John Kurzweg (Godsmack, Eagle Eye Cherry, Jewel, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Creed), Performance High’s own Kristin Henry for an elite vocal masterclass, LA celebrity stage performance coach Steven Memel, or others.  Who would YOU like to see at a Performance High class?

Katey Laurel gives a seminar about music business at The Walnut Room
Katey Laurel gives a seminar about music business at The Walnut Room
Lang Bliss from Tom Jackson Productions in Nashville has come out to do several full-day on-stage performance classes.
Lang Bliss from Tom Jackson Productions in Nashville has come out to do several full-day on-stage performance classes.