Music Theory Lessons
One-to-one private lessons in music theory for adults and kids
Sometimes individual lessons can be the best way to learn, especially if you have specific gaps in your knowledge that you want to fill. Private lessons can also be helpful if you have a deadline for passing a theory exam, perhaps as a prerequisite for practical exams. These lessons can be tailored to your own goals and circumstances.
Group lessons for adults in music theory are also available. Find out more about music theory classes for adults.
Why learn music theory?
If you learn to sing or play a musical instrument, and do exams, sooner or later you will need a theory qualification as a prerequisite. But a much better reason is that music theory enables you to understand what is really happening in the music you play. Understanding the music helps you play more sensitively, appreciate music and its context more, and can help you to compose music yourself.
The study of music theory is most useful when it is applied to other aspects of music. Susan's lessons always relate theoretical concepts to real practical musical situations, as much as possible to the student's own experience. Music examples are taken from both classical and contemporary music, and extra material is added to enrich the concepts learned.
Location: in person or online via Zoom
Susan’s studio is located in Jarrett St Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west. Lessons can also take place in an online format via Zoom.
Cost of lessons
- 45 minute weekly lesson $87.00 (early primary age)
- 60 minute weekly lesson $116.00 (late primary, high school and adults)
- 60 minute casual lesson $136.00
Fees include GST. The current Music Teachers Association recommended rate is $105.60 per hour inclusive of GST. More information about Susan’s Studio Policy terms and conditions can be found here.
Creative Kids Vouchers
You may use your Creative Kids voucher for a one-to-one theory lesson if you wish. Susan Deas Music is a registered provider. for details.
Teaching term dates 2023
Lessons are held during NSW public school terms, with no lessons on public holidays or during school holidays. Lessons do take place on pupil free days.
- Term 1: 30 January to 6 April
- Term 2: 24 April to 30 June
- Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
- Term 4: 9 October to 15 December
Find out more
To find out more, phone Susan on (02) 8964 7630, or email Susan.
About Susan Deas
Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching piano for over twenty years, and her students learn both classical and contemporary styles, including playing by ear and improvisation. Susan also gives professional development workshops and lessons to private music teachers. She performs professionally as a pianist and organist, and lectures in music theory and music appreciation for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education. Susan’s training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan is an Accredited Member of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.