This 2-day workshop dives deep into the concepts that everyone learned about in their freshman music theory courses, but which many students do not learn well enough to apply to their full potential. You will spend 2 days discovering how basic music theory as simultaneously much simpler and also more profound than you probably realize. You will leave this workshop with a considerably increased comprehension of, appreciation for, and mastery over the basics of music theory, complete with techniques that you can bring right into your own classroom, no matter what level you teach. Topics include: intervals, scales and modes, part-writing in real time, and advanced common practice harmonization.
Date: June 21 – 22, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day
Location: Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Aaron Marx has been a true music geek since middle school. During his high school years he learned the violin and fell in love with classical music, which led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree of music literature from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (UWSP). While at UWSP he became an active and successful composer, writing works for a wide variety of ensembles in many styles. After graduating from UWSP he completed a master’s degree in music composition from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, through which he expanded his portfolio of original works to include complex avant-garde works for saxophone, orchestra, chamber ensembles and electronics. During his tenure at BGSU he also served as a teaching assistant for music theory and began his passion for music theory pedagogy. After completing his work at BGSU Aaron moved back to Stevens Point where he and his wife, Heidi, established their private music school, the School of Performing Arts, which currently boasts 3 locations and serves hundreds of students throughout Central Wisconsin. An active performer, Aaron plays violin in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and can be found providing beautiful music for weddings throughout the state of Wisconsin as lead violinist with the Wisconsin String Quartet. His original music has been performed throughout the Midwest. He has taught music theory and aural skills at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point for 5 years. He has served as a consultant and clinician for music theory and composition to students and educators throughout the state of Wisconsin, most recently through his brand The Music Geek, which focuses on providing absolutely effective strategies for learning and teaching music theory. His writings about music history can be found at his blog, Smart and Soulful Music.
- Pre-registration (register by 6/16/17)
- Member* $130
- Non-Member $145
- Undergraduate $25
Graduate Credit Information
Participants who attend this workshop have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for an additional fee of $220. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form and mail it with a check for $220 (payable to Viterbo University) to:
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
- View the course syllabus (pdf)
- Viterbo Registration Form (pdf)
- Visit the Graduate Credit Information page for more details and to sign-up for credit.
Contact Mary: Send a message
800-589-9762, 608-850-3566 (Madison area)