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Investigating Harmony with Guitarist Michael-Louis Smith (In-Person)

September 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

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One event on September 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Location: Curtis Gallery

Join us for this 3-part live in-person series on Tuesday September 14th, 21st, & 28th at 7:00PM EST.

Join a laid-back, fun, and highly educational discussion about music with local musician Michael-Louis Smith. The workshop is appropriate for musicians and non musicians alike and will cover elements of harmony, from its finite parts to an exploration of chord progressions in familiar songs.

Please note: We are pleased to host this in person event and recommend that attendees wear a mask. The evolving Covid situation might necessitate changes so please check HERE.

Part 1 – Constructing Basic chords (Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00PM EST):

In part one of the discussion “Investigating Harmony“ participants will first learn about intervals, which are the the basic building blocks of triads (chords consisting of three notes). The workshop will then explore how to use intervals to construct the four basic types of triads. Throughout the class examples will be given to demonstrate the sound of each interval and triad.


Part 2 – Identifying chord/scale relationships (Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00PM EST):

In part two of the discussion “Investigating Harmony” attendees will first learn how to construct a major scale. Then, the group will learn about different modes derived from the major scale and identify the corresponding harmonic structures found within each of the modes. Finally, they will use this knowledge to identify harmonic progressions (chord progressions) in some familiar songs.


Part 3 – Harmonizing a Melody (Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00PM EST):

In part three of “Investigating Harmony” workshop participants will learn how a melody corresponds to its harmonic counterpoint. The group will analyze a well-known piece of music to see how the melody relates to the chords and then learn how to change or reimagine the chords (reharmonization) to create an alternate harmonic landscape which also supports the existing melody.


Music at New Canaan Library Presents Michael-Louis Smith, Celebrating the Jazz Greats on April 15

Musician, composer and educator Michael-Louis Smith received his Masters in Music from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and has over two decades of experience arranging, performing, and recording music.

In 2001 he began providing at home music instruction for students of all ages from age 3 to 70 years young. Michael, his wife Christina, and five-year-old son Braven moved to New Canaan in 2014. Since joining the community he has presented concerts and music theory workshops at the library, his band has donated their talents to help the Young Women’s League of New Canaan raise funds for charity and he has performed at and helped develop a jazz concert series at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park.



September 14, 2021
7:00 pm
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Anthony Marrocolla


Curtis Gallery
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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