Music Theory Challenge!

Monday, August 13, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | theory


This is the first of a series of occasional online music games.  Most of them will only show up in your Remind app.

The first of my students to complete the quiz will win a prize.

Play here

All About Music Theory: A Fun and Simple Guide to Understanding Music

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | theory



As all my students know, I teach theory with all piano and organ lessons.  Sometimes, it's from a theory book that matches a lesson book, sometimes on the fly on an "as needed" basis.

This book looks like it would be interesting to use as a review or to look ahead and see what's coming.  I have just ordered a copy for the studio if you want to check it out at the next lesson.

From amazon.com:

 If you wish there was a fun and engaging way to help you understand the fundamentals of music, then this is it. Whether it's learning to read music, understanding chords and scales, musical forms, or improvising and composing, this enjoyable guide will help you to finally start understanding the structure and design of music.

This fun-filled, easy-to-use guide includes:
 * Music notation
 * Scales and modes
 * Melody harmonization and counterpoint
 * Chord progressions
 * Song form and structure

Listen and learn with the CD that has 90 tracks, including over 50 popular songs such as:
 * Beauty and the Beast
 * Candle in the Wind
 * Imagine
 * In the Air Tonight
 * Killing Me Softly with His Song
 * Let It Be
 * Message in a Bottle
 * Misty
 * Satin Doll
 * Take the 'A' Train
 * Unchained Melody
 * What'd I Say
 * and more!


‘Intervals Roasting’ – The Most Educational Christmas Carol Ever

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | theory


Music theory has never sounded so catchy with this witty remake of the holiday classic The Christmas Song (with apologies to Mel Torme) Try not to laugh at the ending.

Though it is a bit humorous, this version titled ‘Intervals Roasting’, with lyrics by David Rakowski, attempts to encapsulate the fundamentals of music theory in just over two minutes.

It does a good job of explaining the intervals and harmonic structure of the song and also gives you an idea of how to use music theory to analyze or compose music.

The O'Connor Music Studio has a copy if anyone wants to learn this :)