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At the Peabody Prep all students are encouraged to enroll in a theoretical studies class to complement individual instruction. Classes are available for ages 10 through adult, at beginning through advanced levels. New students are interviewed for proper placement. Classes are designed to help the student obtain a comprehensive music education via ear training, sight singing, note reading, keyboard skills and written work. Children under age 10 are strongly encouraged to take a beginning level music class either through the Early Childhood Music Department or audition for the Children’s Chorus Training Choir.

Additional Information

Individual music theory instruction is available to children and adults of all experience levels—from beginners through the most advanced levels of study. Lessons are scheduled at our Downtown and Towson Peabody Preparatory locations on an individual basis and are contingent upon teacher availability.

Theory Faculty

Elijah Wirth

Elijah Wirth is the director of the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra, which he helped establish in 2008. He currently heads the Music Theory department in the Preparatory division as well as the Wind, Brass and Percussion Academy.

Benjamin Buchanan

Benjamin Buchanan received his Bachelor's of Music in piano performance at the University of Tulsa under the tutelage of Roger Price and Stuart Deaver. He also earned two Master's of Music degrees from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University: one in Music Composition, studying under the studied with world renowned composer Michael Hersch, and another in Music Theory Pedagogy.

Margarita Loukachkina

Margarita Loukachkina began her studies at the age of five with Tatiana Shcklovskaya at Russia’s prestigious Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. Since then she has performed extensively and has been a laureate of numerous international competitions in Europe and the U.S.

Scott Miller

Edmund Scott Miller is a composer, educator, and bassist in Baltimore, Md. His visceral music is concerned with memory, thought, and the passage of time, expressed through unconventional performance techniques, evocative microtonal harmonies, and a constantly-evolving approach to timbre and melody as structural parameters.

Alexa Rinn

Alexa Rinn is a composer, music theory teacher, and piano teacher from Winchester, Mass. Her music has been performed in places such as the Norfolk Festival, the HighScore festival, the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, and in the National Portrait Gallery in London.