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Looking for music lessons in Vancouver? Look no further than Solar Music Academy! Our experienced instructors offer a wide range of workshops designed for both beginners and experienced musicians. Our workshops cover various genres, instruments, and proficiency levels, ensuring that everyone can find the perfect fit. We provide a supportive and interactive learning environment, allowing musicians to hone their skills while having fun. At Solar Music Academy, we are passionate about sharing our love for music and helping musicians of all levels to grow and improve. Join us today and take the first step towards becoming the musician you've always wanted to be!
Vancouver Music Workshops
Unlock the Major Scale!
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”
- Pablo Picasso
Music theory is an often-misunderstood subject, and many misconceptions surround it. One common misconception is that music theory hinders creativity. This belief stems from the notion that following set guidelines can limit artistic expression. However, music theory is not meant to be a rigid set of rules that constrain creativity but rather a framework for experimentation and innovation. By understanding the principles of music theory, musicians can better express their artistic vision with precision and nuance.
Solar Music Academy will help you level up your understanding of music and will cover the fundamental aspects of major scales and their modes, chord scale theory, chord functions, chord substitutions, and how to practice and apply these chords to your instrument or production. Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate musician, this workshop will provide you with essential knowledge to enhance your musical skills and creativity.
Throughout the workshop, we will guide you through each concept, answering any questions you may have along the way. You'll learn the basics of major scales and their modes, including how to identify and play each mode. We'll also delve into chord scale theory, an important concept that helps you understand how to select chords that fit within a specific scale. Next, we'll cover chord functions, an essential topic that helps you understand the roles each chord plays within a particular key. We'll also explore chord substitutions, a technique that allows you to replace chords in a progression with other chords to add variety and interest to your music. Finally, we'll demonstrate how to practice and apply these concepts to your instrument or production. By the end of the workshop, you'll leave with a newfound confidence in your ability to use these techniques effectively and elevate your music skills.
Overall, this workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as a musician, whether you're a beginner or an intermediate looking to expand your musical knowledge. Join Solar Music Academy and take the first step towards achieving your musical goals!
Major Harmony Masterclass: Demystify major key harmony, and open up your instrument.
About the Instructor
Nicholas is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer hailing from New Zealand and South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Arranging as well Jazz Performance from Canterbury University. He has had the opportunity to study and work with amazing mentors and musicians like Tom Rainey, Michael Story, Darren Pickering, David Berkman, Dave Dobbyn, Delaney Davidson, Nadia Reid, Pat Pattison, and Richie Pickard.He has performed as a touring musician, a busker, in musical theater pits, and as session musician in recording studios.
Nicholas has made a career in music by being in love with the idea of songwriting and composition. He flourishes in moments where he can write and be creative or assist in other people's writing. His writing credits cover a broad range of musical styles as well as other mediums such as dance and visual media.
As a teacher, Nicholas has had 15 years worth of teaching experience with people of all skill levels and ages. His students have gone on to win awards, record their own original music, and become professional musicians. He has taught people from all walks of life, from at-risk youth to the children of A-list celebrities. Along the way, these experiences have refined his teaching to a relaxed, yet practical approach that centers the students own personal taste and experience, while creating a fun learning environment. Over the years this collected wisdom has now evolved into Solar Music Academy's value of "Joy and Community Through Music"