Advanced Music Theory

Teens learning music theory



Take your musicianship to the next level with one of our new Music Theory Workshops! Courses are open to all instrumentalists and singers, and will develop crucial aural, analytical, and interpretative skills that will create well rounded musicians. An introduction to music history will also be explored. Whether you’re new to the theory world or preparing for college-level music theory courses, our Intro and Advanced level workshops will provide the perfect learning environment for you.


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Ages:  14-18 years
Dates:  July 29-August 2, 2019
Times:  1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $230
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Extended Day option not available for this program


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Make a day of it and take the Music History camp in the morning during the same week from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Bring a non-perishable bag lunch to eat in between.  Weave history and theory together for a more comprehensive week!  Learn more about Music History camp.


These components of Music Theory will be covered in this workshop:



Drew Robertson, Violin/ Viola Lessons Instructor: Drew Robertson, Mason Community Arts Academy Faculty
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Drew Robertson began his musical studies at age four on the piano, and began studying viola at age seven.  His principal teachers were Leslie VanBecker, principal violist of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Mark Jackobs of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He studied viola performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), music therapy at Nazareth College, and Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Eastman School of Music.  Drew has performed with the CIM orchestras, CIM Baroque Ensemble, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles.  He has performed in masterclasses with acclaimed teachers such as Peter Slowik, Yizhak Schotten, Pamela Goldsmith, and Jeffery Irvine.  Drew has participated in festivals including the Pilsen Music Festival in the Czech Republic and the renowned Tanglewood Institute.  A performing teacher, Drew frequently plays solo recitals, outreach concerts, and chamber concerts.

Drew’s teaching career began at Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he led orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, and taught private lessons.  While at CIM, Drew played and taught viola and violin with the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies.  Additionally, Drew has extensively studied Suzuki Method, string instrument repair, Creative Ability Development, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Guided Imagery in Music.  Drew consistently pursues further studies to improve his playing and teaching through institutes, conferences, and degree programs.  Incorporating his background in psychology and music therapy, Drew is very aware of the developmental stages and learning styles of his students, and tailors lessons to each student while maintaining focus on standard classical curriculum.   He keeps lessons and rehearsals interesting, diverse, and exciting by incorporating his experience in performance, music theory, music history, Suzuki pedagogy, improvisation, anatomy, physics, composition, and eurythmics





To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.



“The amount of detail within Mr. Robertson’s lessons was great.” – Music Theory Workshop 2018 Participant

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