“When am I ever going to use this?” While I was getting my bachelors degree, more than one fellow student asked me this question. And it’s a fair point. If you’re going to invest any … [Read More...] about What Can Music Theory Do For Me?
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Online Music Theory Lessons
Breaking Barlines is a new music theory program that will offer over a hundred video lessons. Whether you are a composer, arranger, music theory student, or a beginner, these lessons have something for everyone.
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When adult students ask me if it’s too late to learn music, I love using myself as an example.
I did not play or read a note of music until I was nineteen. All through high school, I would watch musicians play, and think they lived in some tangent reality that was closed to me. Then, in April 1993, I did something on a whim. I decided I was going to learn.
*Background sheet music images are from Symphony in A Flat by Aron Bernstein.
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Aron has been a music teacher for 25 years and holds a Masters Degree in Theory and Composition from Western Oregon University and a Bachelor of Music from San Francisco State University.
Clips from classes taught by Aron Bernstein.
What My Students Say
My electronic keyboard sat, covered and ignored, for years. Then I took a piano course from Aron and started practicing and began to read music. I took two piano courses and a rhythm-in-world-music course from him. Those sessions were the best thing about Saturdays. He made the classes fun. The breadth and depth of his knowledge of music are remarkable, but what makes Aron a top-line teacher is his love of music and his ability to convey that to each student as an individual. I was one of the few who came with no music experience but I never felt lost or ignored.
Chris Langlois Piano and Music Theory Student
I am a recent retiree, and one of my goals was to relearn the piano after 2 years of grade school lessons. I had the good fortune to enroll in Aron's college classes. He has a remarkable ability to create a safe environment for learning and trying out new skills, and he makes it fun to challenge yourself! Aron provides guidance on how to maximize your practice time, and the solfege makes it easy. I also appreciate how Aron incorporates music theory into each lesson, giving you a deeper understanding of what is happening and increasing your independence. I plan on continuing lessons with Aron — it is fun, challenging, and rewarding!
Mary Denise Smith Retired and Learning to Play Music
Aron Bernstein is an excellent teacher. His teaching is unusually clear. He goes the extra mile to make music theory accessible to all levels of musicianship. He has that rare quality of patience and enthusiasm in his teaching. If you want to study music theory, don’t hesitate to enjoy learning with Aron.
Joe and Christine Toscano Music Theory Students
Aron is an incredible music teacher. I loved escaping to his class each week. He creates a balanced curriculum of theory and improvisation, studying different pieces and creating your own work. He is easygoing and encouraging, and always answered any random questions I had. There were a lot of gaps in my musical education, and he helped me fill in the blanks and get a firm grasp of the concepts. I would recommend him to anyone looking to work on their musical talent!
Bethany Amsler Music Student
I am an interdisciplinary humanities professor and a lifelong student, always searching for high-quality courses on subjects that interest me, such as music. I studied a little piano before, put my studies on hold for a long while, and thought I could never get to play it but Aron Bernstein’s approach and teaching revived my interest and quickly activated my incipient knowledge. Aron’s courses really work! Somehow he has figured the “magic combination” that all teachers seek: how to blend content, pedagogy, and enthusiasm to generate clarity, motivation, and solid learning. He makes both theory and practice accessible and enjoyable in a pressure-free environment that makes students feel encouraged and confident, allowing them to make progress from day one. As an educator myself, I deeply appreciate his well-thought-out, carefully constructed, practical, and elegant methodology. In addition to being a superb teacher with ample and robust experience, he is an extremely kind and empathetic person, he’s always available to his students, answers questions efficiently, with a smile on his face, and has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Isabel Jaén Portillo, Portland State University
Help Fund the Creation of this Valuable Music Resource
For just a small donation, see actual video lessons from the Breaking Barlines course.
With an $8 donation, you'll receive ONE video lesson: Introduction to the Musical Alphabet.
You'll also get worksheets and answer keys to help you learn piano keyboard geography.
With a $12 donation, you'll receive TWO video lessons: Introduction to the Musical Alphabet and Triad Inversions.
You'll also get worksheets and answer keys to help you learn keyboard geography PLUS how to invert triads.
With a $15 donation, you'll receive THREE video lessons: Introduction to the Musical Alphabet, Triad Inversions, and The Circle of Fifths Part 2.
You'll also get worksheets and answer keys to help you learn keyboard geography, how to invert triads, AND all the flat major scales."
Each video lesson is between 6 and 14 minutes long.
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