TheoryWorks I: Music Theory for Broadway Actors

Six weeks of one-on-one coaching to learn how to read sheet music, prepare audition sides accurately and quickly, and learn the basics of music theory.

Theory courses in college are often taught by instrumentalists, the way instrumentalists learn, using classical music examples. And, they're taught for 15-30 students at a time, moving too slowly for some students — and much too quickly for others.
Rather than assuming any prior knowledge, our industry coaches start from the beginning and explain everything clearly. Coaches proceed at your pace, teach the way singers learn, and only teach you the skills professional musical theatre actors need for learning sides and preparing vocal music.
All coaches are working professionals and music directors living in New York City, and teach from our online course materials, written by NYC voice teacher and founder Amy Marie Stewart. Lifetime access to all learning materials, including lessons, video, animations, and audio examples, are included in the cost of every 6-week coaching package.


Music Theory for Working Actors

TheoryWorks is a company founded by voice teacher/actor Amy Marie Stewart and designed to help working actors gain the music and theory skills they need to succeed in today's competitive theatre world. TheoryWorks trains actors to be musically literate, autonomous, and confident. Sign up at to hear about new courses, tutoring sessions, bootcamps, and other projects on the horizon!

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Work with an Expert Mentor for Six Weeks

Sign up for this course with six weeks of personal mentorship from an expert, and get unlimited access to the content, forever.

Price $499

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Subscribe for Access to All Our Courses

Get access to all our premium courses without mentorship for a low monthly price.

Price $39/month

Improve your auditions with better musicianship

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to learn and prepare a piece of notated music for an audition on your own from scratch.

Understand How to Read a Score

This course offers you a step-by-step approach to preparing a new piece of music starting with the score.

Read Notated Rhythm

We look at how to read the rhythm correctly for a new piece of music based on what's written on the page.

Master Melodies with Basic Piano Playing

We look at how to check your pitches by simply playing melodies through on the piano first.

Practice Self-Conducting & Singing

We show you how to self-conduct so you can perfect a tight, well-crafted performance at your next audition.
Are you an educator? If so, you can access educator discounts. !


Our expert mentors do whatever it takes to ensure that you achieve your musical goals for the course and leap forward in your learning.

Amy Stewart

Singer, Actor, Teacher
  • Founder of TheoryWorks
  • Published Backstage expert on music theory for actors
  • Educator whose students have appeared on Broadway, national tours, cruise lines, & more


Course Outline

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    Section 1


  2. Start
    Section 2

    Listen and Learn

  3. Start
    Section 3

    Understand Your Score

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    Section 4

    Mark Your Beats: Note Values

  5. Start
    Section 5

    Mark Your Beats: Time Signatures

  6. Start
    Section 6

    Mark Your Beats: Dots, Ties, & Triplets

  7. Start
    Section 7

    Speak and Conduct

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    Section 8

    Midterm Project

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    Section 9

    Play & Sing the Melody: Pitches

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    Section 10

    Play & Sing the Melody: Practice

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    Section 11

    Singing & Conducting


Who is this course for?

This course is specifically targeted at actors and singers who don't feel comfortable with music theory or reading music. And yes, we know there are a lot of you out there. In the course you'll learn about how to read pitches on a staff, how to learn rhythms via notation, and even how to plunk out parts on the piano to support yourself as you practice. For those aspiring to Broadway, this is your chance to fill in the gaps and make yourself even more prepared.

What will I learn?

So much! This course is packed with content — maybe even too much! (But it's OK because you can go at your own pace). You will learn how to read and understand a score, how to read rhythms from notation, how to self-conduct, how to plunk out easy melodies on the piano, and how to put it all together into a coherent performance.

Are there any pre-reqs?

Nope! Anyone is welcome, and no prior knowledge of sheet music is assumed. If you feel like you do already know some things but just need to stand on firmer ground, that's fine too. You're welcome to skip through the stuff you know, and focus on the stuff you need more work on.

How does a Soundfly course work?

We offer two ways to experience our courses: with mentorship or with a subscription. Enrolling with mentorship involves in-depth weekly personalized support and feedback from an expert for the six week duration of the course.

Enrolling with a subscription does not include mentorship but gives you access to all of the courses on to go through at your own pace for as long as you're subscribed (and tons of extra perks — see below).

What do I get if I enroll as a subscriber?

As a subscriber, you'll get unlimited access to all the course content on, including this course and all our other premium courses, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials within our courses. You're also entitled to discounts of up to 33% on our mentorship programs, you will be invited to join our exclusive community Slack group, and you'll have access to exclusive discount perks courtesy of our partner brands. You can cancel anytime.

You can find out more about subscribing here.

What do I get if I enroll with mentorship?

Our mentorship program is our science-backed learning model designed to help you learn more efficiently and effectively. When you sign up, we'll pair you with an expert who will tailor the course to your experience level, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your musical goals.

You can find out more about mentorship and our expert mentors here.

You'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content and lifetime access to our tight-knit musician community group on Slack, where you'll find peer-to-peer feedback and support, lots of inspiration, and fun, musical conversations with fellow Soundfly students, mentors, and staff.

How does the pricing work?

A subscription costs $39/month or only $19/month if you enroll annually.

Enrolling with mentorship costs $499 for six weeks of intensive support from an expert, plus lifetime access to the specific course you're purchasing. Payment plans are available — reach out to [email protected] to find out more.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes, if you enroll with mentorship. If you enroll with mentorship and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week, in order to honor the valuable time of our mentors.

We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible!

How long does this course last?

Our courses were designed to be taken in six weeks. If you enroll with a mentor, you will go through that six week curriculum. If you enroll with a subscription on the other hand, you can choose to use the six week structure, or you can ignore it and jump around as much as you want.

Will there be future sessions of the course?

Yes! Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.