Online Music Theory, Harmony and Analysis Lessons - RCM (Canada) Curriculum and Beyond
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1st lesson is free!
Andrew James Clark provides outstanding private music theory lessons preparing students for RCM and University examinations. You can contact Andrew now, or start learning for free by visiting the Classical Context website where Andrew's work sheets, tutorials and lectures are already publicly available ((concealed information)
Private Theory / Harmony / Analysis / Composition / Sight singing
$50 per hour. Online / In Person Free Interview Prior to Lessons
$25 Group Lessons When Available
About Andrew James Clark:
Andrew James Clark is the artistic director of Classical Context, the president of the Canadian Composers Orchestra, and the principal pianist at Heron Park Baptist Church. He boasts over a decade of professional teaching experience. He has instructed literally hundreds of children, students, and young people, and has taught the entirety of the Royal Conservatory of Music's theory, harmony and history curriculum in a class room setting several times over. His students have achieved First Class Honours within the RCM's examination system and his piano students, ranging from absolute beginner to ARCT, have also gone on to perform in the Classical Context Concert series and pursue music full time at post secondary schools such as the University of Toronto and York University. He has also taught harmony, sight-singing and musical skills as a Teaching Assistant position at the University of Toronto.
"Having trouble with music theory? Understanding basic music concepts (i.e. Tonality, Texture, Dynamics, etc.), then Andrew has you covered. I took MUS101 online with Ryerson and was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of concepts presented with little reinforcement. Andrew helped train my ear to recognize different textures, tempo, tonality among other concepts. He took difficult concepts and broke them down to ensure I was able to comprehend the material. Andrew is very knowledgeable and a great person to work with, I would highly recommend him if you need help with anything related to music." - Ankur J. (2015) Andrew is extremely knowledgeable in his field of study. He helped a great deal with music theory using information from the course as well as his own experience. If you have difficulty understanding a concept he will work effortlessly to ensure you are able to comprehend the material. Overall an outstanding and trustworthy individual. Highly recommend his services for anyone needing help in music. - Marina C. (2016) Andrew is a fantastic teacher! He is patient, understanding and great with kids. I'm very comfortable leaving my God Child with him know that she will learn and have fun at the same time!
- Cortney M. (2018)
Andrew is my first music teacher in Canada. He is very patient and kind. Even though I can’t speak fluent English, he will do his best to explain knowledge to me. Andrew taught me a lot of music theory and playing skills. Every teacher I met in China, always told me how to do great things on piano but never told why to do them. Andrew explains things in music perfectly and solved many of my problems. I Highly recommend his lesson for anyone needing help on piano and theory.
- Kyle M. (2019)
Definitely the most worthwhile extracurricular classes I've taken. I was able to pass the grade 8 and 9 RCM theory exams within a year of starting music because of Andrews classes. He's a good teacher for beginners trying to get a grasp of the fundamentals of music and experienced students hoping to deepen their understanding. I like that he does not waste time and explains things simply so that it's easy to understand. 10/10 would definitely recommend.
- Leo Tao (2020)
Andrew James Clark is a Toronto based composer who has spent the last several years combining his love of contemporary music with a passion for public speaking and concert presentations. His concert series Classical Context, which has been featured on (concealed information)'s “Critic’s Picks”, has showcased a substantial amount of early-career professionals from throughout Canada who have performed his compositions alongside their own traditional repertoire.
His professional development includes a Masters Degree in composition from the University of Toronto, a Composition Fellowship with the Hamilton Philharmonic, a residency with the University of Toronto’s Wind Ensemble, and a published work with Counterpoint Library. He has conducted a number of his own chamber works in concert as well as works by other emerging composers in U of T’s 2017 New Music Festival. These activities earned him a conducting apprenticeship with Orchestra Toronto under the supervision of Maestro Kevin Mallon in 2018.
A focus on community building has consistently remained at the forefront of Andrew’s musical activities which include his efforts in sustaining a music therapy program for elderly and homeless musicians that earned him a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in 2016. Andrew has recently been tasked with reviving the Canadian Composers Orchestra, an organization founded in 1983 by such notable composers as Samuel Dolin.
Since the lockdown Andrew has been working to transform his organization Classical Context into an online music education hub in an attempt to consolidate and formalize his musical activities online. He is currently composing a symphonic dance, and a piano suite.
Bio Updated (2020)
Andrew is truly a reliable teacher. When I was taking piano lessons with him, he showed me a lot of practical techniques that saved time and made me more interested in piano performance and challenged me to learn more about the history of the pieces I was playing. Andrew was also very helpful since my first language is not English, and he would always use easily understandable words to explain and wait patiently. I would say that very few people have done this for me. He is great at expressing his thoughts to others and always brings me new insights into music, more importantly, I can see he has a great passion and talent in the field of music.
Highly recommended if you're hoping to learn about music theory and composition no matter what level you're at. His teaching style is very flexible and accommodating, He always comes up with some sort of plan or curriculum in order to fulfill any long or short-term goals you may have. If you're unsure of what you want, he's very good at giving you the guidance you need to figure it out.
He will definitely help provide you with the skills you need to be independent and confident on your journey as a musician.
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This fee covers lesson times, extra time to mark homework, time spent marking practice examinations, and access to the Classical Context resources.
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