Craig Smith Music Tuition : Music Theory & Popular Music Theory

We offer lessons in piano, keyboard, drums, percussion, guitar, bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, cornet, trumpet, trombone and singing

Welcome to Craig Smith Music's page for music theory lessons. We offer tuition in music theory (usually following the ABRSM classical theory courses), and popular music theory using the LCM Popular Music Theory course. We can also offer tuition following the syllabuses of other exam boards such as the VCM and Trinity, and also offer bespoke courses for those interested in only certain areas of music theory.

Alongside our music theory tuition, we also offer instrumental tuition and composition lessons, arranging lessons and music technology lessons. Any or all of the above can be combined into one music lesson.

Theory lessons are available as correspondence courses, either by post or using the internet through email, Skype or Facetime. If you can't find a vacant lesson time that would suit you, please contact us about correspondence courses in music theory tuition, which are cheaper and you can work in your own time!

Craig Smith Music is the North West's most popular private provider of home music tuition. Craig himself is a busy full-time professional musician working as a composer (with commissions for film, documentaries and theatre) and session musician (support work for Paloma Faith and Tinchy Stryder are amongst the jobs on his CV). Look no further for a knowledgeable, experienced tutor.

Back to School vacancies Entering September, Craig has rare vacancies, on Monday and Wednesday early evening for new keyboard and/or piano lessons in Fulwood, Broughton and Cottam or anyone happy to travel to his Ingol studio. There is space for three to four new piano lessons in Preston.

Which topics can I learn? [Top]

Due to Craig's experience within the world of professional music work, you can essentially cover any topic of music theory in your lessons, whether you're a classical musician or a rock musician. Most of the standard topics are listed below, but feel free to get in touch if there's something else you need to learn!
  • Classical Theory of Music
  • Note and rest lengths and names
  • Rhythm and time signatures
  • Staves and clefs
  • Keys and key signatures
  • Scale construction
  • Harmony: chords, inversions and cadences
  • Musical terminology and symbols
  • Ornaments
  • Composition in various styles and forms
  • Transposition and transposing instruments
  • Instrumental knowledge
  • History of classical music
  • Popular Music Theory
  • Keys, scales and modes
  • Rhythm and notation
  • Harmony: chords, jazz chords, cadences, progressions
  • Transposition of chord progressions and melodies
  • Composition of chord progressions and melodies
  • Instrumental knowledge
  • Musical terms and symbols in pop music
  • History of popular music post 1950

When and where do lessons take place? [Top]

Lessons are currently only available in and around Preston for home visit lessons, and those hosted at our Ingol studio. Music theory is easily taught online too, using Skype and Facetime etc.

Who will teach my lesson? [Top]

Craig, managing director of Craig Smith Music, still has availability for a small number of lessons in Preston on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Lessons are taught at his studio in Ingol or as a home visit to students in various local areas dependent on the day of the week. See Tuition : with Craig from the menu above for all the details.

All of our music teachers have to meet certain criteria before being formally accepted onto our books. These include, but aren't limited to, having high levels of ability on the instrument(s) to be taught, graded certifications in performance and theory of music, and suitable teaching space when they teach from home or a studio. They are also asked to provide a CRB disclosure.

Peripatetic school lessons [Top]

Craig is available to provide peripatetic one-to-one and group tuition in schools, and has recently taken on roles supporting the tuition of composition with GCSE groups within the new academy system. Please see our schools page from the menu above for details.
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