Online Lessons and Classes
Opus 11 has partnered with Synthase to offer an engaging way to learn valuable music skills to support and supplement your instrumental or vocal lessons. Students from across the country will come together in small online classes to learn theory, composition, musicianship, and music technology over the course of thirteen weeks in the spring of 2023. For those seeking more customized, individual attention and pacing, private tutoring and composition lessons are also available. All are taught by passionate educators with advanced degrees from the world’s top music programs.
All lessons and classes are available to students aged 13 and up.
AP Music Theory Group Tutoring
This class serves students preparing to take the AP Theory exam through their home institution. Students will identify their strengths and weaknesses, and reinforce skills through practice and activities. Topics covered include scales, chords, modes, harmony, voice leading, and form. Requirements: computer, webcam + microphone, speakers or headphones, MIDI keyboard, textbook: Barron’s AP Music Theory.
Private Tutoring: Music Theory & Musicianship
In a one-on-one setting, we will build on students’ strengths and address their weaknesses, helping them develop a powerful understanding of music. These tutoring sessions can be tailored to fit the requirements of all levels of ABRSM, AP, RCM, or CM theory and musicianship curricula, making excellent preparation for examinations.
Music Makers Lab
We’ll take songs apart and try to put them back together, and in the process learn tools and concepts that can help us make new songs of our own. By the end, you’ll have original tracks to share with the world, plus an understanding of theory and music technology that can help you get to the next level. This class is based in a Digital Audio Workstation and prior experience with music is not required. Requirements: computer, webcam + microphone, headphones, MIDI keyboard.
Musicianship for the 21st Century
The 20th century saw people from all over the world converge in America’s cities, and recording technology allowed sound to play a role that only symbols on paper could play before. All of this changed how we engage with music and how makers make it. This class will develop the aural, theoretical, technical, and creative skills that creative musicians need today. Progression through the curriculum will provide the chance to earn certificates and develop a portfolio of creative projects. Prior experience with music is not required. Requirements: computer, webcam + microphone, speakers or headphones, MIDI keyboard.
Students learn how to write for various instruments, analyze exciting works of music to learn what makes them tick, and compose pieces of their own. The class culminates in recording sessions with a professional performer. This class requires some instrumental/vocal experience and knowledge of music notation. Requirements: computer, webcam + microphone, speakers or headphones.
Private Composition/Songwriting Lessons
Our teachers all have advanced degrees in music composition and also have interest and experience in various forms of popular or electronic music. We will help you hear new details in music you love and then incorporate those details into your own creations. We will be in your corner as throughout the composition process, and we’ll help fill in skills that will allow you to reach your goals.
All group classes meet twelve times for 55 minutes each.
February 6: Last Day to Register
February 13: Classes Begin
March 27-31: Spring Break (no classes)
May 12: Last Day of Classes
Bring in your theory homework or a piece you’re working on and meet with the expert educators at Synthase. All students and families are welcome at weekly office hours. Contact your school for schedule and access details.
Join us on Zoom to learn more about the classes and meet the educators! Contact your school for access details.
December 18, 2022 at 1-2:30pm Pacific
January 15, 2023 at 1-2:30pm Pacific
February 5, 2023 at 1-2:30pm Pacific