Music Theory 101

The Language of Music

College courses in music theory have a reputation as being dry, challenging, and difficult.  

We think differently!  

We see music theory as the essential language for expressing yourself with more colors and nuance through music.

So, music theory shouldn’t be called music “theory.”  It should be called the Language of Music!

Music Theory 101: The Language of Music [Class Intro]

Registration and Schedule

Schedule:  Eight evenings 6:30-8:30pm, 2021 schedule TBD.

Rates: TBD

Location:  Online and Performance High’s Denver studio 1 at Soundstructure Studios, 3131 Walnut Street, Denver CO 80214.
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Suitable For:  Beginning instrumentalists.  It’s best if you know your way around on piano or guitar.

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

What You’ll Learn

  • Dissect your favorite songs to make breakthroughs in your own songs.
  • Understand how rhythm, keys, and chords fit together to create the “shape” and “vibe” of songs.
  • Amplify the impact of your songs.
  • Learn how to make your songs sound more fresh, current, and original.
  • Feel more confident when you talk about music.
  • Write more interesting melodies by discovering where interesting notes and intervals are “hiding.”
  • Learn how to give more expressive nuance to your chord progressions.
  • Have more productive rehearsals by knowing how to talk about music.
  • Write more interesting phrasing with non-obvious rhythms.
  • Learn how the Nashville number system simplifies musical language.
  • Understand how to break “rules” to serve your musical purpose.

About Your Teacher

Justin LongJustin Leighton Long is a musician, engineer and record producer who has worked in various styles including blues, country, rock, rap and pop. Justin was a founding member, lead guitarist and songwriter for the band No Address. No Address released Time Doesn’t Notice on Atlantic Records, with their debut single “Sadie (When I’m Gone)” standing at #11 on the Billboard Radio charts for 22 weeks. No Address toured North America extensively and Justin’s compositions have been featured in feature films and television series, as well as continuing to maintain airplay around the world, (as a fun fact) recently reaching #1 on the college radio charts in Bosnia.

As a recording engineer and producer Justin has worked for bands signed to labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Immortal, Wind Up, Curb, Blind Bat, S-Curve, Victory, Blues Legacy and J Records. $40-$100