This scholarship application is open to musicians and community members who would like to learn more about how to apply music theory to their songwriting craft. 

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, January 18th 2019. 

Beginning Music Theory for Songwriters: This is a course for those who may know their musical alphabet, but are ready to take out the thesaurus and use more fancy (ornate, lavish, sumptuous) words! Over four weeks, we will write several songs individually and as a group with theory in mind. This "do-before-explain" approach will help us acquire music theory knowledge in a way that doesn't require long nights with a theory textbook. Explore concepts such as song form, scales, diatonic writing, chord extensions, notating rhythms and more. At the end of the course, you should be able to communicate your song ideas both verbally and through use of a "lead sheet" to share with bandmates. Bring a notebook and pencil, an instrument of your choice (or not!). Any anxiety surrounding the term "music theory" may be checked in and left at the front desk.

Mary Claxton is a musician and educator who resides in Greeley, Colorado. She is a former K-12 music teacher who now works with the music nonprofit Little Kids Rock. Claxton plays drums with The Burroughs and fronts her own band, Trash Cat. In her spare time, she enjoys watching (and writing songs about) cartoons and spending time with her family.

Have questions? Please contact the Manager of Artist Development erinr@themusicdistrict.org