Music Theory

Have you always wanted to learn the concept of sound and the mechanics of music? Or maybe you want to make a greater contribution to your choir, worship team, orchestra or band? Music listeners and performers alike will gain a better understanding of the language and art of music in these interactive sessions, Prospective students do not need to have any musical background, only an interest in music and a sincere desire to learn!!! 

Class Information:

Music Theory is the study of music. Our Music Theory courses are 8-week sessions that are held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Classes will include individual classwork and group discussion. Each class will have both aural and hands on music activities on a variety of instruments. Please know that your curriculum materials are included in the course tuition and will be given weekly during class.

Music Theory 101: The practices and possibilities of music
Ages: 13+; 60 minutes

This class will be held on Tuesdays, January 29th to March 19th, 2018. In this particular course, No musical experience is necessary for this course and students will learn and gain the following:

  • The ability to read and understand music
  • The skill to anticipate musical progressions and an increased awareness of harmony 
  • Familiarity and the capability to recognize musical terms and concepts
  • Strengthened ability to sight-read songs with speed and accuracy
  • Improvement in your communication with other musicians
  • Make a greater contribution to your choir, worship team, orchestra or band
  • Have the opportunity to step away from your daily tasks and learn something new



Meet our Teacher

Phil Smith, Drums & Course instructor

 Drummer, author, and educator, Phil Smith has been a first call performer in Atlanta since his arrival in 1994. Prior to his relocation he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Music from University of Memphis. He has also studied privately with Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, and Jeff Hamilton.

Phil has performed with many great artists including Donald Brown, James Williams, George Coleman, Bill Anschell, Charles Davis, Diane Schuur, and Tierney Sutton. He has recorded cds for bassist Joseph Patrick Moore, Enrique Chia, and his own debut disc, "Jazz Consortium". He has also played on many commercial sessions and several movie soundtracks.

Since 1993 Phil has been a contributing writer to Modern Drummer Magazine. He has had articles published in "Jazz Drummer's Workshop" as well as feature articles on vocational drumming schools and a blindfold test with Jeff Hamilton. The magazine has also featured Phil in their regular monthly updates and their column "On the Move". He was also prominently featured on the Hudson Music DVD "Drum Set Technique and the History of the US Beat" by Steve Smith (drummer for Journey).

In 2016 Phil began publishing "Drummer's Weekly Groovecast" a podcast geared toward drummers of all levels. Since its inception the show has published over 100 hours of exclusive, educational content and has listeners on six continents. It continues to be one of the most popular drumming podcasts in the world. You can learn more by visiting:

Along with publishing, Phil is also actively involved in percussion education. He has taught at the University of Memphis and the Atlanta Institute of Music. Phil is also an active clinician having performed at several NAMM conventions, the Berklee College of Music, and various music stores across the United States. Phil is an endorsing artist for Bosphorus Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads, and Regal Tip Sticks and Brushes.


Fee Structure & Registration

Please select from the links below to register and/or submit your online payment for this course. If you register after the course has started, your first month's tuition and registration fee(s) will be due upon registration. Fees are based on 8-week classes and we spread your tuition payments over 3 months. You will be billed on or around the 10th of the month, January 2019 through March 2019. 

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Music Theory course Fees:


Class Length:

Monthly Billing:
Includes tuition and class materials

Music Theory 101

Ages: 13+

8-week sessions

60 minutes

$33.34 per month


$100 per session

Annual Registration Fee:

$35 to be billed annually upon registration.
($20 per each additional family member). 

We do offer various discounts:

(Senior Discount, Multi-Students/Sibling Discount,
Multi-Class Discount and/or DBC Member Discount)


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We are devoted to discovering and developing our students’ artistic gifts in a Christian environment, so they may thrive in music artistry, bring glory to God and develop a lifetime love of music and dance.

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