GRYVUL SCHOOL

ONLINE COURSE
«MODERN THEORY OF MUSIC AND IMPROVISATION»

ONLINE COURSE
«MODERN THEORY OF MUSIC AND IMPROVISATION»

TEACHER

KATARINA GRYVUL

composer, violinist, music producer, sound artist, educator

Hello! This course is for anyone who creates music or wants to start writing it. After that, you will finally know all the musical terminology that scared you so much and you will understand that music is really simple and interesting. You will learn to improvise and get a lot of pleasure from the process!

I have been involved in music for more than 20 years. During this time I have had concerts in different parts of the world. My music has been performed at the most prestigious festivals, including the Ars Electronica and CTM Festival. I received a professional music education at the Lviv and Krakow Music Academies, as well as master classes with the best contemporary composers . I am currently continuing my studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz.

I have been teaching for 9 years and I get huge pleasure from it. For me, as a teacher, the most important thing is to open the world of music, to develop the individuality and potential of everyone, to show that in fact, everything is very simple!


My latest achievements ...

TEACHER

KATARINA GRYVUL

composer, violinist, music producer, sound artist, educator

Hello! This course is for anyone who creates music or wants to start writing it. After that, you will finally know all the musical terminology that scared you so much and you will understand that music is really simple and interesting. You will learn to improvise and get a lot of pleasure from the process!
I have been involved in music for more than 20 years. During this time I have had concerts in different parts of the world. My music has been performed at the most prestigious festivals, including the Ars Electronica and CTM Festival. I received a professional music education at the Lviv and Krakow Music Academies, as well as master classes with the best contemporary composers . I am currently continuing my studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz.

I have been teaching for 9 years and I get huge pleasure from it. For me, as a teacher, the most important thing is to open the world of music, to develop the individuality and potential of everyone, to show that in fact, everything is very simple!

My latest achievements ...

WHAT YOU GET IN THE COURSE

1
A clear understanding of the stages of writing a track
Do you spend a lot of time randomly picking up different sounds? Do you write music relying only on intuition?
This course will reveal a complete understanding of all the stages of creating music, you will know exactly what to do and will consciously choose the writing technique you need.
2
Deep level of musical knowledge
Not only music theory awaits you, but also elements of composition, harmony, polyphony, form analysis, practical classes on hearing development, rhythmic, and improvisation. This is a very intense course. You will gain all the necessary knowledge for an in-depth understanding of music and will be able to communicate at a level with professional musicians.
3
Perception of music by ear
Do you think only musicians have an excellent hearing?
I'll show you that everyone can hear pitch and chord combinations. After this course, when listening to music you will be able to highlight the musical form of the track, chord progressions, and repeat different rhythmic patterns. Music will not be something abstract, but you will fully understand its language.
4
Basics of improvisation
Do you think that improvisation is a talent? And what if I tell you that this is not the case and teach you all of its features and principles. You will understand that anyone can actually improvise and you will learn to express your emotions through music. You will be able to take part in jam sessions.
5
All about chords and keys
You will know what a key is and it will no longer be a problem for you to move from one key to another. Your music will become much more interesting thanks to the understanding of chord building. You will easily combine different chord combinations.
6
Ability to write and read notes
You will be able to read notes, scores. For you, these will no longer be incomprehensible signs. Notes are like letters in a book, like a separate language that can immerse you in a completely different world. After this course you will be able to play simple piano works from notes, you will know different types of notation, and also, you will write down your first work with notes.

WHAT YOU GET IN THE COURSE

1
A clear understanding of the stages of writing a track
Do you spend a lot of time randomly picking up different sounds? Do you write music relying only on intuition?
This course will reveal a complete understanding of all the stages of creating music, you will know exactly what to do and will consciously choose the writing technique you need.
2
Deep level of musical knowledge
Not only music theory awaits you, but also elements of composition, harmony, polyphony, form analysis, practical classes on hearing development, rhythmic, and improvisation. This is a very intense course. You will gain all the necessary knowledge for an in-depth understanding of music and will be able to communicate at a level with professional musicians.
3
Perception of music by ear
Do you think only musicians have an excellent hearing?
I'll show you that everyone can hear pitch and chord combinations. After this course, when listening to music you will be able to highlight the musical form of the track, chord progressions, and repeat different rhythmic patterns. Music will not be something abstract, but you will fully understand its language.
4
Basics of improvisation
Do you think that improvisation is a talent? And what if I tell you that this is not the case and teach you all of its features and principles. You will understand that anyone can actually improvise and you will learn to express your emotions through music. You will be able to take part in jam sessions.
5
All about chords and keys
You will know what a key is and it will no longer be a problem for you to move from one key to another. Your music will become much more interesting thanks to the understanding of chord building. You will easily combine different chord combinations.
6
Ability to write and read notes
You will be able to read notes, scores. For you, these will no longer be incomprehensible signs. Notes are like letters in a book, like a separate language that can immerse you in a completely different world. After this course you will be able to play simple piano works from notes, you will know different types of notation, and also, you will write down your first work with notes.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE COURSE

Computer
Headphones and midi keyboard
Desire

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE COURSE

Computer
Headphones and midi keyboard
Desire

LAYOUT OF THE COURSE

LAYOUT OF THE COURSE

The course lasts 3 months
(2 times a week for 2 hours)
It takes place in a comfortable online format.
The lesson is divided into two parts: informational and practical, where attention is paid to each student.
The course is divided into 3 modules
After the first module, you will be able to improvise freely in the key and will be able to read notes.
After the second - you will know all the chords as well as different ways of modulation in any key.
In the third module - you will learn to determine the notes and chords by ear, you will know interesting ways to develop the composition and how to bring your idea to the end.
All graduates have access to our community
A place where you can develop creatively, be inspired, and grow as a musician. Collaborations, live broadcasts, online jam sessions, lectures by musicians from around the world, communication, and exchange of experiences. Therefore, after the course, everything is just beginning ;)
Show course program

PROGRAM

MODULE 1
- How to read music?
- Melody, harmony and rhythm as the three main components of the composition
- Absolute hearing, its specifics
- Skills of memorizing and repeating melodies, musical fragments, thanks to your hearing
- Synesthesia
- Psychoacoustics, sound wave physics, acoustics
- Improvisation - how it happens and what it is based on
- The history of the emergence and features of modern notation
- Tone, semitone
- Scale
- Chromatic and whole-tone scale
- Staff
- Scale degree
- Treble clef, bass clef
- Register
- Accidentals
- Time in music: tempo, time signature, meter, rhythm, pauses.
- Rhythmic grouping
- Rhythm practice
- Tonal and modal system in music
- Mode. Classification
- Major modes: Ionian, Lydian, Mixolydian
- Minor modes: Aeolian, Phrygian, Dorian
- Pentatonic and Hexatonic
- Chromatic and microchromatic
- Principles of modal improvisation
- Practice of modal improvisation
- Consonance and dissonance
- Intervals and their classification (clean, large, small)
- Increased and decreased intervals
- Tonality. Why do the tones sound different?
- Major. Minor
- Musical syntax
- Motive. Phrase. Period
- Features of creating your own melody
- Practice of tonal improvisation
1
2
3
4
week
week
week
week
MODULE 2
- How to define tonality?
- Circle of fifths
- Tonality of the first degree of kinship
- The structure of chords and their circulation
- Voice leading in chords
- Tonal-functional system - tonic, subdominant, dominant (T, S, D).
- Improvisation on a given chord grid
- Analysis of popular tracks in the context of tonal-functional system
- Chords of II, III and VI, their features, and applications
- Increased and decreased chords
- What is modulation?
- Methods of modulation in the tonalities of the first degree of affinity
- Transposition
- Practical exercises for hearing development based on synesthesia (notes, intervals, modes)
- Seventh chords. Types and classification
- Dominant seventh chord inversion
- Augmented seventh chord inversion
- Enharmonism
- Tonalities of 2nd and 3rd affinity
- Modulation in the tone of 2nd and 3rd level of affinity with the help of seventh chords
- Features of construction of a sequence of a chain of seventh chords
- Practice - improvisation of modulation in the key of the first of level affinity
- Harmonization, reharmonization of the melody
- Tetrachord
- Voice leading and bass function
- What is an invoice? Its varieties
- Sequence. Its varieties and features of use
- Imitation
- Canon as a special compositional technique
- Melismatics. Its use in improvisation
- Practice - modulation improvisation in the key of the second level of affinity
5
6
7
8
week
week
week
week
MODULE 3
- Monody
- Organ (parallel, free, melismatic, metricized)
- Heterophony
- Polyphony
- Homophonic-harmonic texture
- Homophonic-polyphonic texture
- Practice - improvisation with the use of melismatic
- Pointillism. Specifics
- Clusters in music
- Polyphony of layers
- Different patterns in improvisation
- Rhythmic shift in improvisation
- Development of phrasing
- Techniques for creating a melody in improvisation
- Practice: playing melodies in improvisation
- Musical form and basics of shaping
- Types of musical material development
- Intonation basis of the motive and its metrical position
- The most popular forms in contemporary music
- How to find balance for the form of your own composition
- Practical exercises for the development of hearing based on synesthesia (chords, tonality)
- What is important for writing your own composition
- How to work with your idea and bring it to the end
- Arrangement
- Features of the musical timbre
- Articulation, strokes
- Repetition as a one of the methods of building your own composition
- Work with your own composition
9
10
11
12
week
week
week
week

ACCESS LEVELS

Standard
  • Group up to 10 people
  • Informative and clear lectures
  • Structured materials for each lesson
  • Practical classes in which we will consolidate theoretical material and learn to improvise
  • Access to a common group with all students, where you can help each other, and if necessary, I will answer your questions
  • My TOP useful links and materials
250 EU / month
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Creative
  • Everything that is included in the Standard + package
  • Every two weeks an individual lesson with me, where you can analyze all personal issues in more detail and delve into the direction of music that interests you more
  • Private chat with mentor
  • Life hacks improvisation in different styles
  • In-depth work with your personal style
350 EU / month
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Curator
  • An individual course created just for your goals
  • Two weeks before the start of the training, we will hold a comprehensive conversation in which we will discuss all the areas that interest you and set goals. This is necessary so that I can adapt the course program as effectively as possible, taking into account your personal wishes
  • Personal lessons and coaching to the result
  • Discover and create your own unique sound
  • Writing your own composition
700 EU / month
SIGN UP

ACCESS LEVELS

Standard
  • Group up to 10 people
  • Informative and clear lectures
  • Structured materials for each lesson
  • Practical classes in which we will consolidate theoretical material and learn to improvise
  • Access to a common group with all students, where you can help each other, and if necessary, I will answer your questions
  • My TOP useful links and materials
250 EU / month
Creative
  • Everything that is included in the Standard + package
  • Every two weeks an individual lesson with me, where you can analyze all personal issues in more detail and delve into the direction of music that interests you more
  • Private chat with mentor
  • Life hacks improvisation in different styles
  • In-depth work with your personal style
350 EU / month
Curator
  • An individual course created just for your goals
  • Two weeks before the start of the training, we will hold a comprehensive conversation in which we will discuss all the areas that interest you and set goals. This is necessary so that I can adapt the course program as effectively as possible, taking into account your personal wishes
  • Personal lessons and coaching to the result
  • Discover and create your own unique sound
  • Writing your own composition
700 EU / month

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FAQ

FAQ

What will I be able to do after the course?
After this course you will finally know all the musical terminology, learn to improvise and read notes. You will know what a key is and will be able to easily switch from one key to another using different chord combinations. You will learn to recognize notes, intervals, and chords by ear. You will have the whole base to create your own music.
I am not a musician and have never learned anything about music. Is this course right for me?
The program is designed to suit people with any level of training. It is important to practice at least a few hours a day during the course.
Will I learn to improvise?
Yes, I will show you all the life hacks about improvisation and you will understand that everything is really very simple!
Are there any discounts for graduates of other courses in Gryvul School?
Yes of course! Write to us by e-mail: info@gryvul.school
How to book a course? Is installment possible?
To book a course, you only need to pay half of the monthly cost of the course. The balance must be paid no later than the day before the start.
Is it possible to give a course as a present to someone?
Yes of course! Write to us by e-mail: info@gryvul.school

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  1. Ephemera Festival, produced by Unsound (Warsaw, 2022)
  2. CTM Festival (Berlin, 2022)
  3. HYPERREALITY (Vienna, 2022)
  4. United Islands of Europe (Prague, 2022)
  5. TREMPLIN DE LA CRÉATION (Paris, 2022)
  6. Release of a second album "TYSHA" (Standard Deviation) and presentation at
  7. Sinfonia Varsovia Festival (Warsaw, 2021)
  8. ICMC2021. International Computer Music Conference (Santiago, 2021)
  9. RIVERSSSOUNDS - Sound Art Residency (Krakow, 2021)
  10. ARS ELECTRONICA (Linz, 2020)
  11. Audio Art Festival (Krakow, 2020)
  12. A member of the First music catalog of Ukrainian music
  13. 10th International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city
  14. Competition "Power of Young" category music and sound - Grand Prix
  15. Ecosistema Sonico (Priverno, 2020)
  16. Had a presentation at A C O U S M O N I U M Conference 37th General Assembly of International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music. (Krakow, 2019)
  17. She has also been selected as a winner of the Scorefollower 'Fall 2019' call for scores.
  18. International acousmatic festival "Sounds Around Me Festival" (Vienna, 2019)
  19. Masterclasses on electroacoustic and acousmatic composition (Vienna, 2019)
  20. Young Talent Award - Krakow Film Music Festival (2019)
  21. 48th International Festival of Contemporary music "Poznanska Wiosna Muzyczna"
  22. International Festival of Kraków Composers (2018, 2019)
  23. Contrasts International Contemporary Music Festival (2018,2019)
  24. COURSE. International Master Classes of New Music (2017-2019)
  25. Dream Project Sound iD member of International Artist Residency
  26. Visual arts and experimental music festival "Nadmiar" (Krakow, 2019)
  27. Koncert Studia Muzyki Elektroakustycznej Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowe" (Poznan, 2019)
  28. Scholarship of the President of Ukraine for young writers and artists (2019)
  29. Participant in the GAUDE POLONIA (scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland 2018)
  30. Musician performance at the festival of science and art in synchrotron SOLARIS (Krakow, 2018)
  31. Kyiv contemporary composition music masterclasses
  32. KCMD- Kyiv electroacoustic contemporary composition music masterclasses
  33. International festival of electroacoustic music «VOX ELECTRONICA» (2017)


  1. Ephemera Festival, produced by Unsound (Warsaw, 2022)
  2. CTM Festival (Berlin, 2022)
  3. HYPERREALITY (Vienna, 2022)
  4. United Islands of Europe (Prague, 2022)
  5. TREMPLIN DE LA CRÉATION (Paris, 2022)
  6. Release of a second album "TYSHA" (Standard Deviation) and presentation at
  7. Sinfonia Varsovia Festival (Warsaw, 2021)
  8. ICMC2021. International Computer Music Conference (Santiago, 2021)
  9. RIVERSSSOUNDS - Sound Art Residency (Krakow, 2021)
  10. ARS ELECTRONICA (Linz, 2020)
  11. Audio Art Festival (Krakow, 2020)
  12. A member of the First music catalog of Ukrainian music
  13. 10th International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city
  14. Competition "Power of Young" category music and sound - Grand Prix
  15. Ecosistema Sonico (Priverno, 2020)
  16. Had a presentation at A C O U S M O N I U M Conference 37th General Assembly of International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music. (Krakow, 2019)
  17. She has also been selected as a winner of the Scorefollower 'Fall 2019' call for scores.
  18. International acousmatic festival "Sounds Around Me Festival" (Vienna, 2019)
  19. Masterclasses on electroacoustic and acousmatic composition (Vienna, 2019)
  20. Young Talent Award - Krakow Film Music Festival (2019)
  21. 48th International Festival of Contemporary music "Poznanska Wiosna Muzyczna"
  22. International Festival of Kraków Composers (2018, 2019)
  23. Contrasts International Contemporary Music Festival (2018,2019)
  24. COURSE. International Master Classes of New Music (2017-2019)
  25. Dream Project Sound iD member of International Artist Residency
  26. Visual arts and experimental music festival "Nadmiar" (Krakow, 2019)
  27. Koncert Studia Muzyki Elektroakustycznej Akademii Muzycznej w Krakowe" (Poznan, 2019)
  28. Scholarship of the President of Ukraine for young writers and artists (2019)
  29. Participant in the GAUDE POLONIA (scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland 2018)
  30. Musician performance at the festival of science and art in synchrotron SOLARIS (Krakow, 2018)
  31. Kyiv contemporary composition music masterclasses
  32. KCMD- Kyiv electroacoustic contemporary composition music masterclasses
  33. International festival of electroacoustic music «VOX ELECTRONICA» (2017)


- Gerhard Eckel (Austria)
- Richard Bellis (USA)
- Stefan Prins (Belgium)
- Ake Parmerud (Sweden)
- Andrew Toovey (UK)
- Sarah Nemtsov (Germany)
- Oscar Bianchi (Italy/ Switzerland)
- Raphael Cendo (France)
- Nick Wollage (UK)
- Marek Chołoniewski (Poland)
- Annette Vande Gorne (Belgium)
- Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine)
- Sergej Newski (Russia-Germany)
- Jerzy Kornowicz (Poland)
- Martin Schuttler (Germany)
- Clemens Gadenstätter (Austria)
- Jaime Reis (Portugal)
- Thomas Gorbach (Austria)
- Sergej Maingardt (Germany)
- Mehmet Can Ozer (Turkey)
- Marcin Strzelecki (Poland)
- Matthias Kranebitter (Austria)
- Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)
- Michael Schelle (USA)
- Sławomir Wojciechowski (Poland)
- Anna Korsun (Ukraine – Germany)
- Simon Vosecek (Austria-Czech Republic)
- Maxim Kolomiiets (Ukraine)


- Gerhard Eckel (Austria)
- Richard Bellis (USA)
- Stefan Prins (Belgium)
- Ake Parmerud (Sweden)
- Andrew Toovey (UK)
- Sarah Nemtsov (Germany)
- Oscar Bianchi (Italy/ Switzerland)
- Raphael Cendo (France)
- Nick Wollage (UK)
- Marek Chołoniewski (Poland)
- Annette Vande Gorne (Belgium)
- Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine)
- Sergej Newski (Russia-Germany)
- Jerzy Kornowicz (Poland)
- Martin Schuttler (Germany)
- Clemens Gadenstätter (Austria)
- Jaime Reis (Portugal)
- Thomas Gorbach (Austria)
- Sergej Maingardt (Germany)
- Mehmet Can Ozer (Turkey)
- Marcin Strzelecki (Poland)
- Matthias Kranebitter (Austria)
- Dariusz Przybylski (Poland)
- Michael Schelle (USA)
- Sławomir Wojciechowski (Poland)
- Anna Korsun (Ukraine – Germany)
- Simon Vosecek (Austria-Czech Republic)
- Maxim Kolomiiets (Ukraine)