Register with private piano lessons: $20
Register with non-piano private lessons: $99
All others: $270
*Discount will be applied at checkout

This introductory class is for any young musician seeking a grounding in the basic ideas and skills that help us make music and understand the music we hear.

In an engaging and interactive setting, we’ll develop sight-reading, rhythm, listening, and composition skills. Topics include counting rhythms, reading notes on the staff, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, and musical signs and terms. Students compose a short melody as a final project.

Classes meet via Zoom, and all students have access to an innovative online classroom with an integrated music theory software suite. Lessons and assignments are completed with prerecorded videos and software. In the Zoom sessions, students review work, ask questions of the instructor, and collaborate with peers. A student who misses a scheduled session may still complete the lesson and assignment using the prerecorded video and integrated software.

Please note: A placement test for Level 1 is not required, but we suggest that you take our free online placement test to determine whether this or a more advanced class would be best for you. After completing the test, you will receive a class recommendation and registration link from the Department Chair.

For a complete description of the skills taught in Theory Level 1, please see the Music Theory Syllabus. The level corresponds to Level 1 of Levine’s Keyboard Skills curriculum and is appropriate for all instruments and voice.

For more information, please contact Evan Meier, Theory Department Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1598 or


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Levine Music is dedicated to providing quality music education for all students, opening our doors to anyone who wants to learn music, no matter their ability or financial circumstances.