Music Theory Class
Ever wonder how music is put together? How do I write a song? How do I improvise over "Giant Steps"? What are the ingredients and building blocks of music? How did Bach write such a clever piece of music as the Musical Offering? Answer: MUSIC THEORY.....
The 2017 Summer Music Theory Class will be week long session held at the Elm City Music Summer Workshop, St. Joseph School, Keene, NH. The class will be taught by David Ross and explore the fundamental material of music itself starting from scratch and culminating with the composition of a song in a traditional form. Chords, scales, keys, intervals, and forms will be explored through a hands-on approach. The relationship between melody and harmony, chord-scale compatibility, as well as harmonic function and chord progressions will also be considered. The class will start from the very beginning of music: a single tone and will build upwards from there so no previous experience with theory is needed. Familiarity with basic notation and note identification will help considerably but is not mandatory as other means of notation may also be employed. This class will meet for the entire week from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Tuition for this week long Class is $150 per participant. Please see our other class offerings for additional morning class opportunities. For more information please contact Elm City Music's Director Jason Koerber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-762-0133.
David Ross teaches Guitar, Composition and Improvisation at Elm City Music. David is a musician of unique abilities, comfortable in many styles, and equally at home in the concert hall, the jazz combo, and the blues club. He has performed extensively in many idioms on both acoustic and electric guitar in genres as diverse as classical, jazz, rock, and bluegrass. David's performances have taken him across the country presenting his art in venues from Boston's Jordan Hall to Los Angeles' Newman Hall to Baltimore's Friedberg Hall, all the while maintaining a connection with his blues/jazz roots in countless bars and clubs. An advocate of new music, he continually seeks to present new and interesting modes of musical expression on the guitar, and to reach a wider audience beyond the concert stage. David earned a B.M. in Guitar Performance and a B.A. in both composition and theory from Keene State College, a M.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where he served as the assistant to the renowned guitar department teaching undergraduate guitar majors. David's classical guitar studies have been with Scott Tennant, Julian Gray, and Jose Lezcano. He has performed regularly in the masterclasses of Manuel Barrueco at Peabody, Eliot Fisk at the New England Conservatory, and Pepe Romero at the University of Southern California. David's jazz studies were with Paul Bollenback and Gary Thomas. Currently, David resides in Keene, NH where he is active as a performer, composer, and teacher. More information and audio samples may be found at www.davidwilliamross.com.