Music Theory

Students can enroll in four different levels of music theory classes, designed to challenge and grow their knowledge no matter what their prior experience is. Register for class below!

Why study music theory?

Music theory is the study of ideas that help us understand, analyze, and create music. In other words, it explains what music does and what’s going on when we hear it.

Music theory defines the elements that form harmony, melody, and rhythm, identifies compositional elements (such as notes, chords, tempo, key signatures, intervals, scales, and song forms), and explains musical qualities (such as pitch, tone, timbre, texture, dynamics, and more).

Music theory classes are open to TYSA students, parents, and anyone in the community who wishes to explore music theory!

Have questions about which level of theory class is best for you? Please email

Class Times

Intro to Music Theory: Saturdays, 11:30–12:00
Music Theory 1: Saturdays, 2:05-3:05
Music Theory 2: Saturdays, 12:35-1:35
Music Theory 3: Saturdays, 1:00-2:00

Class Location

Tacoma City Theaters (Broadway Center), 4th Floor Classrooms
901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402

Class Tuition

Intro to Music Theory: $110 for approximately twenty-three classes (September–April)
Music Theory 1, 2, and 3: $195 for approximately twenty-four classes (September–April)


Dr. Loma Cobbs: Intro to Music Theory, Music Theory 1, Music Theory 2
Dr. James Welsch: Music Theory 3

Dr. Loma Cobbs leads a music theory class.

Sign up for music theory classes:

Music Theory Registration Form

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If participant is not a current TYSA student, please write “N/A”.

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