Enroll in MYSO’s Music Theory Classes!

Learning to read and understand music is like learning a foreign language, and the study of music theory is learning to speak this new language. Led by James Burmeister, Senior Lecturer of Theory and Composition at UW-Milwaukee, these engaging courses will take you from the basics of major and minor scales through complicated harmonic analysis and original composition.

Why should MYSO musicians enroll in a Music Theory class?

The knowledge you will gain in Music Theory will turn you into a more complete and well-versed musician who can study a score and understand why music is composed the way it is! You will play your instrument with greater authority, and if you plan to study music in college, MYSO’s Music Theory classes will put you a step ahead.

Who is eligible:

MYSO musicians grade 7 and up are eligible.

When & Where:

Mondays, September 16, 2019 – May 18, 2020

  • Theory I (beginners): 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Theory II (advanced): 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

What’s covered:

Theory I: Scales, intervals, chords, harmonic and choral analysis, sight singing, ear training, harmony, keyboard harmony, and more will be explored.

Theory II, for those who have taken Theory I: Students will go further in-depth while studying sight-singing, ear training, harmony, keyboard improvisation, analysis, and original composition.


$200 for the full season. A theory workbook is required and available for purchase through our office for $36.50. Financial aid is available to qualifying families.

How to Sign Up:

Complete this form by Wednesday, September 4, 2019:

Please email marnabestul@myso.org with questions.

To pay for Theory Classes, please use this link: