Music Theory


I would like to thank Mr. Perez for teaching me the fundamentals of music theory and immersing me in the arts, literature, history, and philosophy, further developing my appreciation for the humanities. Here are some readings we used in my old class at the European Academy of Music and Art.


All of Music: The Life and Times of the Great Composers: 1000 Years of Classical Music – Vladimir Ashkenazy (foreword)

Salieri and the “Murder” of Mozart – Albert Borowitz

What to Listen for in Music – Aaron Copland

A History of Musical Style – Richard Crocker

The Essential Canon of Classical Music – David Dubal

Five Centuries of Keyboard Music – John Gillespie

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works – Phil Goulding

The Pianist’s Dictionary – Maurice Hinson

Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World’s Musical Masters – Elizabeth Lunday

The Lives of the Great Composers – Harold Schonberg

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers – Michael Steen


Don Quixote de la Mancha – Miguel de Cervantes

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens


A Little History of the World – E. H. Gombrich


The Story of Thought – Bryan Magee

Field Trips

  • Library of Congress
  • Hillwood Estate
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art