Friday, July 3, 2020

NJIO Offers Virtual Online Music Theory Classes


WHEN: Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, and 29, with the “Intro to Music Theory” class at 7:00 pm and the “Music Theory II” class at 8:00 pm each night.
TUITION: $42 for four online sessions, your choice of either Intro or Advanced. For more information, please visit, call 908-603-7691, or email

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a series of classes on Music Theory, at both the beginner and advanced levels. Presented by Liam Keller, this series of four classes will take place on 

In the “Introduction to Music Theory” class, you will learn the basic tenets of music theory and notation, and also how to practice aural skills related to the use of theory in compositions. This class will review topics such as the identifying properties of music, the grand staff and ledger lines in four clefs, note and rest values in duple, triple, simple, and compound meter, Major/minor scales and key signatures, and how to aurally differentiate between major, minor, and modal sounds both in scales and intervals.

In the “Music Theory II” class, we will take a deeper dive into the more advanced intricacies of music theory and how to identify them in compositions. We will also focus on fine-tuning your ear to identify the information in the larger musical sense. This class will cover topics such as the identifying properties of music, the grand staff and ledger lines in four clefs, how to distinguish intervals and scales by ear, triads, chords, and inversions in multiple key signatures, and chord progressions and roman numeral analysis.

Liam Keller, instructor, currently holds the position of Director of Orchestras for the School District of the Chathams where his responsibilities include two high school orchestras, music theory, piano, and the 4th & 5th grade orchestras. Liam holds two degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University, one in Music Education and one in Music Performance. He has an extensive performance career including playing principal bass in the Westerville Symphony, section bass in the Newark-Granville Symphony, and has played styles from jazz to musicals. Liam's conducting experience includes being the Assistant Conductor of the Ohio Wesleyan University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Founder/Director of the Ohio Wesleyan University Youth Symphony. Recently Liam was on a panel at the New Jersey Music Educators Association conference, speaking on his experience as an educator at multiple ages and skill levels. Liam hopes that you will join him for his music theory classes as he tries to show you that music theory can be fun!

About NJIO
NJIO, now in its 26th season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance. Not only do the members aged 8 to 80 play together, but they also mentor one another. In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras - no auditions needed!

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.