The guitar student, upon completion of any level, will learn to play in contemporary styles of music creating artistic expression as a soloist, accompanist and composer. 

In order to achieve this outcome, you  will develop skills in: 

Ear Training

Learn to hear what you want to play and find it on the guitar.


To help you compose, improvise, to bring to life what you hear and feel. 


Learn to arrange your songs for a band or studio recording format. 

The knowledge of harmony is your tool to gain a thorough understanding of how to play and create chords, compose songs, create accompaniments and improvise in any contemporary music style.

My core curriculum will give you the tools to understand and create your own music. This is my priority in your learning, to help you navigate the changing musical environment.

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After learning the basics of music theory, you will learn how to analyze the harmony and melody of contemporary music and how to use this knowledge to create your own compositions and performances.


In all courses, you will write and record at least one original composition. The project can be recorded in collaboration with your fellow students.

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Harmony Topics  Level 1 and 2

  • Major Scales
  • Key Signatures
  • Intervals and their inversions
    • perfect,
    • major,
    • minor,
    • augmented,
    • diminished,
    • double augmented,
    • double diminished,
  • Triads
    • major,
    • minor,
    • augmented,
    • diminished,

 Harmony Level 3 and 4 

  • Seventh Chords and their inversions
    • major 7,
    • minor 7,
    • minor 7 (b5),
    • dominant 7,
    • dominant 7 (sus 4),
    • dominant 7 (b5),
    • major 6,
    • minor 6,
    • augmented 7,
    • diminished 7,
    • minor major 7,
  • Minor Scales
    • natural minor,
    • harmonic minor,
    • melodic minor,
  • Modes
    • Ionian
    • Dorian
    • Phrygian
    • Lydian
    • Mixolydian
    • Aeolian
    • Locrian

Recommended Books for Music Study

Writing Skills and Arranging

Ear Training

  • Berklee Ear Training 1-2 Workbooks by Scott McCormick & Rick Peckham
  • Berklee Ear Training 3 Workbook by Greg Badolato, Steve Prosser, and Scott MCormick
  • Berklee Ear Training 4 Workbook by Larry Monroe
  • Jazz Ear Training by Jamey Aebersold
  • Training the Ear by Armen Donelian
  • Contemporary Ear Training by Mark Harrison
  • Rhythmic Training by Robert Starer
  • Intervallic Ear Training for Musicians by Steve Prosser
  • 1st Steps to Ear Training by William Curtis

Contemporary Theory and Harmony

  • Summer Performance Program Theory Handbook, by Bob Doezema
  • Practical Theory Complete by Sandy Feldstein
  • How to Master Music by William Fowler
  • Basic Materials in Music Theory by Paul Harder
  • Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine
  • Berklee Music Application and Theory Workbook by Joe Mulholland and Tom Hojnacki
  • Berklee Harmony 2, 3 Workbooks by Barrie Nettles
  • Berklee Harmony 4 Workbook by Steve Rochinski
  • Study Supplemental for Music Application and Theory by the Harmony Department
  • Study Supplement for Harmony 2 by Barbara London
  • Study Supplement for Harmony 3 and 4 by Barbara London

Traditional Theory and Counterpoint

  • Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka
  • Harmony by Walter Piston
  • Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads … by John and Joyce Clough
  • Basic Harmonic Progressions by John and Joyce Clough
  • Tonal Counterpoint Workbook by Rick Applin
  • Sensible Counterpoint by David Fuentes