THEORY at
New Music School

Under the direction of acclaimed composer Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca, this multi-faceted program features both classroom learning and more casual sessions. Gonzalo’s approach to the study of theory is to emphasize the connection between theory and performance; how understanding a piece's musical structure allows a performer to get so much more out of it. Music theory at NMS is less a dry academic discipline and more an artistic endeavor.

Theory at New Music School uses the Music Development Program from the Royal Conservatory of Music for students 18 & Under. For Adult students, NMS will use a separate text.


Table Theory - In a casual setting, at the square table in New Music School. This type of lesson is designed to combine both independent learning and private instruction; students work through their books, while a theory instructor is available to help them through it, using a variety of high-tech methods to enable collaboration and demonstration with the whole class. These sessions will be 30 minutes long, and can be taken before or after a lesson

Adult Theory - Adult students also have the option to take theory classes. Adult Theory will be held in a classroom or private lesson setting. 

Private Lesson Theory - Students can elect to have their theory instruction during their private lessons with their private teachers, or can choose to study with Gonzalo privately at NMS. Cost for this instruction is at the rate of the private lesson teacher. Students must take a minimum 45 minute lesson to have theory included in their private study. 


Theory Schedule

Table Theory

  • Mon-Fri 3:30-8pm

  • Saturdays 9:30am-3pm


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