Musicianship

Improve your overall musicality through these mediums

We strive to create musicians who not only are fluent at the language of music or experts at their instruments, but musicians who can apply this knowledge in a creative and impactful way.We teach you how to apply your knowledge, how to work with others, how to perform, how to create, how to collaborate, and how to get your music out there to your community. 

Songwriting

Learn to write your own music

The art of songwriting can be taught and nurtured. It is a skill that can be developed just like learning an instrument. At Solar Music Academy, we emphasize the importance of creativity and have our students write their own music as soon as possible.This immediate and practical usage of the knowledge learned in instrument and music theory lessons allows students to see how all the elements of music come together. This has the added value of creating your own unique piece of art that will stay with you forever. We can divide the art of songwriting into the categories of composition and arranging. Simply put, music composition is the art of creating music from scratch, whereas arranging music is taking existing pieces of music and reworking them to fit your vision.

Composition
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Rhythm essentials
  • Major Scale Harmony
  • Minor Scale Harmony
  • Diminished harmony
  • Advanced jazz theory
  • Reading Music
Arranging
  • Interval identification
  • Chord identification
  • Relative Pitch Development
  • Rhythm Identification
  • Transcription techniques

Lyric Writing

Put words to your music

Lyric writing can be developed and practiced just like an instrument. Solar Music Academy we help you find the words to bring your songs to life. You will explore the art of putting poetry within the context of a song, and how to blend storytelling and emotion so that you can connect with others. These lyric writing sessions can be broken down into the same building blocks and approaches that we would for an instrument lesson. Technique, articuation tone and vocabulary will be explored at length to help you find just the right line for your songs.

Lyric writing techniques
  • How to write lyrics
  • Rhymes, near rhymes and rhyme patterns
  • Master meter and rhythm
  • How to use metaphor and simile to your advantage
  • How to structure lyrics
  • How to write lyrics in any genre
  • How to analyze your favorite songwriters lyrics

Want to write and release your own music?!
Check out the Solar Flare Project!

For those who are wanting to see their music come to life in an industry setting, we have the Solar Flare project. This project takes the students from the original inception of their song, develops it, and then puts it into an environment of professional session musicians and a professional recording studio. We help you create an industry-level recording of your work and then guide you on its release.

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Theory&

EarTraining

Master the building blocks of music

At Solar Music Academy, we offer music theory in a way that is organic and practical to the student. Theory lessons are intertwined with your instrument, so that the concepts can be immediately put into practice to create a lasting understanding of the building blocks of your favorite music. We also emphasize that music theory is a language that evolves and has many interpretations. Western theory is just one of the many ways to interpret and intellectualize music and it is a guide to help you find your voice.

We value deep understanding over memorization. Since we view and teach music as if it’s a language, we go at a pace that allows for you to develop fluency. Music theory is also taught closely with ear training. We simultaneously work on developing your understanding of what you hear in your music, and then being able to vocalize and express what is in your ears and onto your instrument. 

Theory
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Rhythm essentials
  • Major Scale Harmony
  • Minor Scale Harmony
  • Diminished harmony
  • Advanced jazz theory
  • Reading Music
Ear Training
  • Interval identification
  • Chord identification
  • Relative Pitch Development
  • Rhythm Identification
  • Transcription techniques

Bands &

Ensembles

Play with others

We encourage our students to make bands and ensembles. This builds community, connection, and helps with the integration of music vocabulary. We create bands of students who have complimentary skills and goals, facilitate the rehearsal process, and teach the necessary communication skills to play the best music possible. We then will help and provide opportunities to perform or record your collective music! 

Band skills & Development
  • Understanding our role and how it impacts the group
  • Performance coaching
  • How to rehearse effectively
  • Recording wisdom
  • Sound and tone development
  • How to create collaboratively
  • How to play with other musicians

Recording &

Production

Learn to record your own music

Learning how to use hardware, software, and make high quality recording of yourself is an invaluable tool as a musician. Gone are the days where the only way to record your music was to get discovered by a major label. We now have access to technology that allows for industry level recordings in the comfort of your own home!

Recording
  • Audio fundamentals
  • Using interfaces and other hardware
  • Microphone techniques
  • Creating your own sounds
Production
  • Using your Digital Audio Workstation
  • Beatmaking
  • Midi techniques
  • Mixing fundamentals
  • Mastering fundamentals

The Solar Methodology

Instrument Lessons

The Solar Flare Project