Practical Theory for Guitarists

Do you want to learn to play songs and compositions independently, by ear? Do you want to become a better improviser? Having trouble reading standard notation on the guitar? Do you want to get to know the fretboard better?

Join BMS guitar instructor Jussi Reijonen (M.M.) and learn to better understand the music that you hear, to play the music you see written down, and to create musical ideas of your own in this course covering intervals, major and minor scales, chord cadences and chord progressions, and discover the logic of music on the fretboard.

Over the course of the year, students will gain the skills to better understand, interpret, compose, improvise, & play music through the study of music theory. Young guitarists will gain essential skills and creatively apply concepts, such as interval identification, major and minor scales, chord cadences and chord progressions, ear training, and fretboard logic, to their own musical projects.

Please inquire for future class availability


Semesters 2018-2019

Practical Theory for Guitarists Classes have two semesters:

  1. FALL semester begins on September 11, 2018
  2. SPRING semester begins on January 29, 2019

Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term.

More info available at School Calendars

School Calendars

Fees & Aid

  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $35 registration fee per student ($50 per family)
  • There is a $15 fee per term for payment plans
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study

BMS is committed to removing any financial barriers. Tuition assistance is available.

Tuition Assistance


Do you have any questions about this class?
Call 617-277-4593 or email


Jussi Reijonen

Jussi Reijonen

Learning, I strongly believe, begins with having fun. It is very important to me that the student...(more)

Theory Classes

Music Theory classes are recommended for all students beginning and continuing in private lessons. Theory classes closely investigate the inner workings of music as a language, helping students to reinforce essential musical skills and concepts such as note and rhythm reading, intervals, scales, harmony, and ear training.