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Music theory lessons from beginner to advanced (university level)

By coinas

Difficulties in understanding theoretical concepts such as scales, keys, rhythms, harmonic analysis, voice-leading rules in 4-part writing? Are you preparing yourself to entrance exams with that scary music theory exam part waiting ahead? Do not worry, here is a music theory instructor whose student feedback has included adjectives such as “encouraging”, “supportive”, “very clear”, “creating friendly atmosphere”. As a teacher, I strive looking at things from holistic perspective and always try to find ways how the student will overcome his or her challenges with the task at hand. I try to avoid using overtly complex theoretical jargon and offer examples from real repertoire. As an active pianist, I am able to transcribe theoretical language into performer’s language – this is something I have been passionate about in my teaching.

About me: I am a Finnish-Hungarian music theorist (PhD in 2017), music scholar, and a classically trained pianist with over 10 years of experience in teaching at the university level. Currently I hold a music theory lecturer’s post (equivalent to associate professor in US system) at the prestigious University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy (ranked 13th best by the QS World University Ranking in the category of performing arts). I teach music theory and analysis for the bachelor and master students while actively doing both music research and performance. I have lived, studied and taught in several countries, including US (New York), Belgium, Hungary and Austria, and I  have a fairly good knowledge on the music theory curricula in both US and Finland. I am also welcoming beginners in music theory.

Currently my lessons are mainly private, but you can also book a double appointment with a friend. There is a Zoom link for Jan 7 at 6pm (GMT +2:00) but this can be changed based on your schedule. 

You can check my academic achievements from here: https://uniarts.academia.edu/CeciliaOinas

Here is a video article on four-handed piano music’s corporeality and its interaction with music analysis: https://vimeo.com/357104045

Primary teaching languages: English, Finnish, Hungarian

Looking forward to hearing from you!




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It Includes:

Offering private music theory lessons via Zoom from beginner to advanced! Over 10 years of teaching experience, currently working as a full-time music theory university lecturer. 

Here are some topics that I can offer guidance:

fundamentals of music theory (keys, scales, harmonic analysis, voice leading)

analysis of tonal music (form, metre, harmony)

analysis of post tonal music

Schenkerian analysis

4-part writing

thesis advisor

And more!