Music Theory

PnoKeysComposerMRGEwebAndy Wasserman received a degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory with years of intensive study with George Russell and his renowned classic text "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization."

There is no way to describe the forces that prevail inside Andy Wasserman's compositional ideas and styles without taking into consideration the profound influence that George Russell has had on him. Mr. Russell's monumental contribution to the world of music theory, and the only fully-formed, complete pan-stylistic theory of music to come from the African-American Jazz tradition is his "Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization" (a/k/a The LCCOTO)

The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is a major part of innovator, band leader, composer and Jazz master George Russell entire life's work. He spent 50 years developing this system that takes a very objective view of music, and describes in great detail what the music itself is telling us. It establishes gravity as the prime moving force in music. More detailed information about George Russell can be found HERE at his personal website, as well as the cyberspace home of "The Concept,"

Andy Wasserman specializes in teaching his students the meaning behind the music through traditional Western music theory and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO). He includes quite a bit of theoretical information in his instrumental lessons but is also working with a few students whose entire focus is the study of music theory.

Additionally, Andy teaches musicians how to improvise and express themselves freely and with originality on any instrument. The two disciplines of music theory and improvisation go hand in hand. Think of music theory as learning how to speak a language and improvisation as then deciding what it is that you wish to say in that new language.

LightWaveMOwebA student must be an advanced beginner on their instrument and at least 9 years old in order to pursue these subjects.

Anyone can learn how to improvise within any style of contemporary music, but the art of improvisation is often best suited in the context of Jazz - American's indigenous improvisational music.

In this study the student learns to listen and build phrases that communicate a coherent, simple and clear meaningful musical statement while exploring rhythmic invention. Andy gives you the tools to build your own improvised sound with a time-tested method of teaching from the perspective of self-expression and creativity. After all, that's what improvisation is all about - and music theory gives you the map with which to navigate your journey of exploration.

These lessons can be of tremendous help to aspiring songwriters and composers in mastering their artistic and aesthetic judgment as well.


 The resonance of music circulates as architecture in sound. A mansion with many rooms, doors and windows.


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