Music Theory Academy

Ages 14 & Up

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Music Theory Academy

Who is this 1-on-1 Program For?

The Practical Music Theory Academy is for students ages 14 & Up focused on learning music theory applicable to developing skills as an instrumentalist and songwriter.


Music makes the world go ‘round. Learn the “How’s and Why’s” of Music Theory while applying new skills to your favorite Top 40 hits. While studying well-known examples in music, the Music Theory Academy will take a deep-dive into how simple successions of numbered notes combine to make chords, keys, melodies, and songs. Music theory doesn’t have to be scary!


This program is offered using the following teaching models. Each student gets to select what works best for them and can switch at any time. 

  • In-Person
  • 100% Virtual
  • Hybrid (Mix of Virtual & In-Person) 

Dates & Times

This is a private 1-on-1 program that meets 1 hour or 30 minutes each week at a regular time.

Contact us with additional questions.

Music Theory Academy Curriculum 

  • Students will begin the Practical Music Theory Workshop by learning basic music theory terminology, applicable to the duration of the workshop and future musical careers.
  • Students will learn how to build the Major Scale.
  • Students will take a deep-dive into learning basic triads, extensions and the numerical value of a Key.
  • The workshop will develop students' understanding of chord progressions and modes.
  • Students will study and learn the relationship between melody and chords as well as changing keys.
  • The course will end with a lesson on Accidentals, Blues and “Rule Breaking” within music theory.

Supplies & Devices

  • Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop to use for attending Zoom sessions
  • Wired Earbuds
  • Zoom App installed on your Device
  • Writing Utensil


  • 1 Hour - $80 (Weekly)
  • 30 Minute - $40.00 (Weekly)
    • * Please note that CHMA charges a one-time $25 registration fee for each individual program.

Meet Your Teacher

Evan bio (1)

Evan Graham Dunn has a Bachelor's Degree in Audio for Visual Media from Columbia College. When he isn’t teaching multiple instruments, songwriting, and music production, you can find him working out of his studio in Chicago producing and recording clients, mixing and scoring for commercials and film, or touring and gigging out in one of his multiple bands.

Along with his international success on BBC Radio and magazine coverage with his progressive rock band Alaya, Evan has charted on iTunes and Amazon while holding 4 songs in steady rotation on Sirius Radio’s “Coffee House” with his Folk Rock / Americana band “Edward & Graham”. Evan loves what he does, and can't wait to help you do the same by maintaining a light-hearted, down to earth and humorous approach in all of the courses and lessons he offers with CHMA.

derek bio


From an early age, Derek has been immersed in the world of music. He had the opportunity to study jazz piano under the tutelage of renowned pianist and Frank Sinatra's preferred Chicago pianist, Wellington Schiller. Derek continued his musical education at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. He embarked on a touring career with the national touring band, Phix, and performed alongside notable artists like Sugar Blue, John Kattke, John Kadlecik, Mer, and Chicago Radio DJ Kevin Matthews, among others.

After years on the road, Derek felt a strong desire to establish Clarendon Music Academy. Its mission is to offer innovative and contemporary music programs and lessons. Today, CHMA is successfully achieving that goal.

Enter your Name & Email to receive a One Time $25 DISCOUNT and Information on how to ENROLL

You can TEXT OR CALL (630) 986-8742 with your questions