117 episodes

We are musicians, composers, engineers, teachers and students alike.
The path of a musician can be challenging and uncertain but it can also be enriching and great fun! This is the path we chose and we are here as your resource. Explore theory, history, ear training, technique, special topics and overall musicianship.

Music Student 101 Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips

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    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

We are musicians, composers, engineers, teachers and students alike.
The path of a musician can be challenging and uncertain but it can also be enriching and great fun! This is the path we chose and we are here as your resource. Explore theory, history, ear training, technique, special topics and overall musicianship.

    114-Form and Analysis Pt. 4-Rondo

    114-Form and Analysis Pt. 4-Rondo

    Moving forward in our discussion of form and analysis, we will dig deep into the rondo form. We will listen to a popular example, Fur Elise, and yap about the form in real time. Ready your theory brains! 

    • 1 hr 30 min
    113-Melodic Dictation Pt.5-Aeolian Mode

    113-Melodic Dictation Pt.5-Aeolian Mode

    Melodic dictation, the act of transcribing and notating a melody by ear, is a crucial skill for a musician to cultivate. In this episode, we will focus on the Aeolian mode (a.k.a. the natural minor scale). Tune in and tune your ears!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    112-Altered Chords Pt.3

    112-Altered Chords Pt.3

    Continuing our discussion from episode 106, we will find yet more ways to alter chords. We will listen to non-dominant, extended tertian chords. We will marvel at the common tone diminished chord. We will revisit linear chromaticism and reckon with the appoggiatura chord. Finally, we will ponder a few good simultaneities!

    • 53 min
    111-Music and War

    111-Music and War

    Musical instruments, compositions and techniques have served many purposes. Some were for communication, some for support and some for intimidation and the extraction of information. On this episode, we discuss music and war, from some of the earliest accounts to the modern era!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    110-Listener Compositions Pt.5

    110-Listener Compositions Pt.5

    Once again, the students become the teachers! There's so much talent among our listeners, we simply must feature it.
    So, get ready to listen and discuss!
    This episode will feature the original music of:
    Treybien/Alex, Gerald P. David, Linda Felcone, Rev. Jack Ladybird, Adam Hayes, Kara Ciezki and Andersonlane

    • 1 hr 51 min
    109-Harmonic Progression Pt.9 (vii/IV, vii/iv, vii/VII)

    109-Harmonic Progression Pt.9 (vii/IV, vii/iv, vii/VII)

    Continuing where episode 98 left off, we will top off our ear training for secondary seven chords.  We will listen how to tonicize the IV chord (in major and minor) and the VII chord in (minor). Then, we will test our ears with some chord progressions...
    a.k.a. Jeremy Torture!

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

fan of wows ,

Wonderful podcast

I lost my way for a couple decades but I am back to regular practice and playing. I had some gaps in my music theory and not only has this podcast filled them, but I am connecting my theory and practice better than ever. I have listened to several episodes multiple times as I work my way through the RCM theory syllabus. Thank you Matt and Jeremy. I only wish you were podcasting when I was a young piano student (pre-Internet, alas!) Your southern accents only add to the charm of music student 101.

RobZ987 ,

Glad I started listening to this show

A few years ago I started playing piano self-taught. I’m now a dad of 2 with that works more than 40 hrs/week so being able to learn music theory on my drive to work has been very convenient. Last year I took a basic online theory course but still found myself looking at some chords from some pieces and thinking “what the hell kind of chord is that?” but thanks to the episode on non-chord tones and Matt’s advice to not just slap try to slap a label on each chord in isolation, but to look at its function in the chord progression, has made things a lot more clear for me. Tonight I was planning on learning how to play a fancy version of Happy Birthday since I never really practiced that song in all this time. I downloaded some sheet music, was about to start learning it… but then I thought, “wait a minute, I should come up with my own fancy version of this song”. So that’s what I’ve been doing tonight. So far I figured out a way to squeeze in a German augmented 6th before the 2nd time you play the dominant chord, added a suspension to the “happy birthday dear…[name]” part, and instead of ending with the standard G-D-G progression I swapped it with an A-D-G progression (thanks to your episode on secondary dominants). I’m also thinking instead of ending with the tonic on the last chord I might swap it with a fully diminished chord so that I can then play it a 2nd time in Bb, but first I’ll listen to your episodes on modulation before I get too far into that

Geraldpdavid65 ,

You have too much to learn to miss this

Long time live musician who is self taught and thought he was pretty smart. The first few episodes were easy and I thought “should I stick with this?” Holy carp I am so glad I did.

Every time I listen to a song now I analyze it. I download songs and identify progressions. I write out songs differently (transcribing lesson!).

I emailed them. They responded. What? That’s unusual… As the episodes progressed I realized this wasn’t a podcast but a community for musical nerds that just want to learn, preferably together and Matt and Jeremy were the Master nerds. Welcome to Nerd-vana.

As an FYI - if you don’t like the casual nature of the show then don’t listen. Yes they digress. Yes Matt uses the word “indeed” more that a 12 year old uses “like”. But that becomes part of the reason why you end up loving this motley crew!

Enough. And for those that are interested in attracting friends to a “group listen” of an episode, tell them it’s a drinking game. Every time Matt says indeed you have to have a chug.

Thank you Matt and Jeremy. You’ve given so much to this community and we are forever in your debt.

Last but not least. I can’t join Patreon or my wife may notice the monthly billing so I will stick with PayPal. However if I may suggest… for the perfect fifth level the dollar amount is $6.50 or so in Canada. Can we ask to be called the Canadian augmented 6th?

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