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Kyle Gullings Music Studio
Private Instruction in Music Theory, Aural Skills, & Composition

Kyle Gullings is currently accepting new music theory/aural skills and composition students into his private studio in Tyler, TX. Students of any age and ability are welcome.

View Dr. Gullings' Studio Policy (PDF) for details on payment and scheduling appointments.

Contact Me to inquire about lessons. (Include the word "Lessons" in the subject line.)


Theory/Aural Skills Lessons
are available to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in all aspects of tonal and non-tonal Western music, including harmony, aural skills, and advanced topics.
 
 
Composition Lessons
are offered in classical, musical theatre, and popular styles.
(Students should have a basic level of theory knowledge before enrolling in composition lessons.)





Theory/Aural Skills Lessons

     * Contact Me to inquire about lessons. (Include the word "Lessons" in the subject line.)

Lesson content is tailored to the skills and goals of each individual student. While my focus is on late high school and early college students, I have taught students from grade school to grad school. I am equally comfortable using my own materials and any textbooks or other materials the student may already be using.


Music theory topics include basic notation and music literacy, chord progressions and part-writing, analysis, advanced harmonies, form, and post-tonal analysis such as set theory, 12-tone, limited interval sets, minimalism, and more.

     A typical lesson would include fluency drills, analysis, discussion, listening and/or playing at the keyboard, and short writing exercises.

Aural skills (ear training) topics include solfege systems (both fixed and movable), simple and compound meter, stepwise and skipping melodies, major and minor scales and keys, modulations, post-tonal materials, and more.

     A typical lesson would include a brief warm-up, fluency drills, sight-reading, harmonic/melodic/rhythmic dictations, and interval and chord recognition.


Music theory and aural skills may be taught in the same lesson, or they may be taken separately.

Some of the other topics I cover are: composition, form and analysis, orchestration/instrumentation, pit band arranging, transcribing, piano proficiency, counterpoint, improvisation, electronic music, music business (how to get music played, heard, recorded, and published), and songwriting.

     * Contact Me to inquire about lessons. (Include the word "Lessons" in the subject line.)

     View Dr. Gullings' Studio Policy (PDF) for details on payment and scheduling appointments.





MISSION STATEMENT:

My students come from a variety of backgrounds: beginner and advanced, young and old, amateur and professional. They enroll in order to improve their grades, to test out of upcoming classes, to enhance their musical performances and studies through increased musical literacy, to exercise their creativity, and to enrich their lives.

What they all have in common are a love for music and the recognition that actively engaging with music is an important part of who they want to be. It is my desire as a music educator to give my students the tools and inspiration they need to succeed in making music a rewarding and lasting part of their lives.













































































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