Music theory is not the heart of music. It is used to access the heart and emotion of music,
but it is not the leader. Music theory is just that: theory, not fact.
What you can learn from Smith Music depends entirely on what you want to learn.
Most of our students come looking for a hobby. They have specific music in mind when they begin: a favorite band, or songs they’ve enjoyed from the radio. That’s really what they want to play, so that’s what we use to teach. We let the students choose their own songs to learn, because we know our favorites won’t always be your favorites, and you’ll learn faster and enjoy it much more if we’re teaching what you want to learn.
Some students come with more in mind. If their goal is to write music, join a band, or start their own, we help them hone the skills they’ll need. And if their goal is a university degree, we’ll cover arrangement, ear training, music theory, everything they’ll need for a great start.
We also welcome professionals who want to expand their ability, musicians looking for new solo ideas, artists trying to recapture the fundamentals of music: not what is good, but why it’s good. We bring focus to the emotion of the music, which is often forgotten in most teaching methods, and that’s how to connect with an audience: they don’t hear the difficulty of the solo, they’re listening to how it feels.