20 Best Music Theory Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about music theory ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best music theory podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Music Theory Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Note Doctors

  • Publisher: Paul Thomas
  • Total Episodes: 17

Note Doctors is a podcast all about music theory and music theory pedagogy. Each episode features an interview with an innovative music theory instructor. The podcast is hosted by three university theory instructors: Paul Thomas, Jenn Weaver, and Ben Graf.

Everyday Musicality

  • Publisher: Heather Nelson Shouldice
  • Total Episodes: 31

This is a music education podcast that discusses Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT) and its applications to music teaching and learning.

The DrumMantra Podcast

  • Publisher: Rich Stitzel
  • Total Episodes: 83

***Named one of “The 11 Best Podcasts for Exploring Music Theory Concepts on the Go” by Soundfly. ***Named “Top 10 Music Theory Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020” by FeedSpot The DrumMantra Podcast is all about going deeper with your practice with music & drumming. The goal is to advance the listener’s confidence, insight, and inspiration through discussions on topics like approaches to practice, rhythmic concepts, technique, theory, creativity, gear, and even the music business. The host, Rich Stitzel, is a veteran drummer, author, and educator with nearly 30 years of professional experience as a full-time musician.

The Roarcast

  • Publisher: Beth Roars
  • Total Episodes: 31

Hosted by Beth Roars, The Roarcast holds a range of discussions about all things music.These include interviews with guests to chat about their journey through the music industry, as well as diving deeper into the world of music science, theory and history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

  • Publisher: WaitWhat
  • Total Episodes: 185

The best startup advice from Silicon Valley & beyond. Iconic CEOs — from Nike to Netflix, Starbucks to Slack — share the stories & strategies that helped them grow from startups into global brands.On each episode, host Reid Hoffman — LinkedIn cofounder, Greylock partner and legendary Silicon Valley investor — proves an unconventional theory about how businesses scale, while his guests share the story of how I built this company. Reid and guests talk entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy, management, fundraising. But they also talk about the human journey — with all its failures and setbacks. With original, cinematic music and hilariously honest stories, Masters of Scale is a business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast. Guests on Masters of Scale have included the founders and CEOs of Netflix, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, Nike, Fiat, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, Huffington Post, Twitter, Medium, Bumble, Yahoo, Slack, Spanx, Shake Shack, Dropbox, TaskRabbit, 23&Me, Mailchimp, Evite, Flickr, CharityWater, Endeavor, IAC and many more.

Steve Stine Guitar Podcast

  • Publisher: Steve Stine
  • Total Episodes: 238

You don’t have to practice hours per day to become a better guitar player. Every Monday and Thursday, join Steve Stine, as he shares guitar lessons to help guitarists play more songs, understand music theory, and create solos from scratch. Whether you’ve been playing guitar a while or you’re just getting started on your journey, this podcast is for you.

The Theory of Change Podcast

  • Publisher: Alfredo Palacios
  • Total Episodes: 64

The Theory of Change Podcast showcases topics relevant to counselors and counselor educators. The host of this podcast discusses counseling theory, social/cultural issues, and the working dynamics of the modern practitioner. Guests are leading thinkers and practitioners in counseling and related fields that exemplify excellence in their respective disciplines. Host: Dr. Alfredo Palacios Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Email: [email protected] Music by The Passion HiFi

Kinks and Beats Daily

  • Publisher: Hero Habit
  • Total Episodes: 206

Kinks and Beats is a daily look at two of the greatest musical acts of all time. Every day, host Tony Frye will tackle one song from The Beatles or The Kinks and discuss aspects related to music theory, cultural impact, or just his own thoughts about the song. Listeners are encouraged to call in to the show and leave a voicemail about their favorite/least favorite tracks for inclusion in future episodes.

Hymnody | Worship Music Podcast

  • Publisher: Chris Elliott
  • Total Episodes: 8

Hymnody takes a close look at worship songs with musical and lyrical analysis, as well as practical considerations for leading the church. Every episode focuses on a different song to equip worship leaders, worship pastors, and church musicians with insights into the theory and theology behind our favorite worship music.

Musicality Now

  • Publisher: Musical U
  • Total Episodes: 246

Ever wondered why some people seem to have a gift for music? Have you wished that you could play by ear, sing in tune, improvise and jam? You are in the right place. The Musicality Podcast is a mix of interviews and teaching, featuring some of the most inspiring and insightful musicians and music educators, talking about how to learn the core inner skills you need to feel like a “natural” in music and enjoy freedom, creativity and confidence. Topics include: Playing by ear, Singing in tune, Jamming with other musicians, Having a good sense of rhythm, Writing your own music, Writing notation, Improvising a solo, Talking intelligently about music, Understanding Music Theory, Clapping in time, Knowing your instrument inside and out, Tuning your instrument by ear, Reading notation, Sight-reading music, Playing from a lead sheet, Performing live, and Playing multiple instruments. The Musicality Podcast is brought to you by Musical U (musical-u.com), the leading provider of musicality training online. Learn more and get shownotes at musicalitypodcast.com.

Wade-O Radio Weekly Podcast

  • Publisher: DJ Wade-O
  • Total Episodes: 27

The Wade-O Radio Show is an international, terrestrial, Internet radio show, and podcast that provides its listeners with high-quality Christian Hip Hop music, news, and interviews. [To Book DJ Wade-O for your next event, email [email protected]] In each episode the listener can expect the latest news with audio segments from Laide Mak, mixes by DJ Wade-O, a New Song of the Week, a countdown of the ten hottest songs out right now, conversations about controversial topics within the Church, and hard-hitting interviews with today’s top artists, leaders, and pastors. Each episode embodies our tag-line: It’s More than Music…It’s Ministry. What started in November 2006 as a simple online Myspace radio show featuring some of DJ Wade-O’s favorite music has now grown to be one of the biggest online Christian urban radio shows. With over 3 million podcast downloads and a catalog of interviews consisting of the likes of Al Sharpton, Lecrae, Kirk Franklin, NF, and ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Wade-O Radio is one of the premiere sources of Christian-conscience radio that reflects the urban listener. Wade-O Radio is consistently featured in iTunes Top Music Podcast charts. We play music and interview artists like Lecrae, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Sho Baraka, Bizzle, nobigdyl, John Givez, JGivens, Christon Gray, Swoope, Jor’dan Armstrong, Izze, KB, MC Jin, Bizzle, Fedel, Viktory, Andy Mineo, Sevin, Tedashii, Trip Lee, KJ-52, Thi’sl, Reconcile, Cam, Sean C. Johnson, Kierra Sheard, Tye Tribbett, Canton Jones, No Malice, Willie Moore Jr., Eshon Burgundy, Marz, S.O., shai linne, Stephen the Levite, Govenor Reiss, Social Club, Rhema Soul, Uncle Reece, KB, Japhia Life, Datin, Swoope, W.L.A.K., Alex Faith, Christon Gray, Datin, theBreax, Ruslan, Skrip, Brother Hahz, K-Drama, Dre Murray, D-Maub, Mali Music, Dee-1, Flame, V.Rose, B-Luv, Beleaf, Derek Minor, Canon, RMG, Tony Tillman, Richie Righteous, DJ Nicholas, Kristine Alicia, Sherwin Gardner, Tee-Wyla?, DJ Ynot?, Charles Jenkins, The Ambassador, Phanatik, JSon, R-Swift, Heesun Lee, Yaves, Reubin Heights, St Matthew, Yankee, Postive, Kary Diamond, Monty G, High Society, Suzy Rock, Natalie Lauren, Young Noah, Lavoisier, Benjah, Propaganda, Braille, Theory Hazit, Deitrick Haddon, Mary Mary, Jason Mighty, Beautiful Eulogy, Gifted Da Flamethrowa, Tre9, Gideonz Army, Slave, Gauge, Kareem Manuel, Katalyst, DJ Sematic, Eric Cross, Everyday Process and more.

History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff

  • Publisher: Pantheon Media
  • Total Episodes: 99

History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff is the show that aims to make grand and often oddball hard rock and heavy metal points through a narrative built upon the tiny idea of a quintet of songs. Buttressed with illustrative clips, Martin argues quickly and succinctly why these songs – and the specific sections of these tracks – support his mad professor premise, from the wobbly invention of an “American” heavy metal, to the influence of Led Zeppelin in hair metal or to more succinct topics like tapping and twin leads. The songs serve as bricks, but Martin slathers plenty of mortar. At the end, hopefully he has sturdy house in which this week’s theory can reside unbothered by the elements. At approximately 7000, Martin has had published in books more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres. Additionally, Martin has penned approximately 85 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. Proud part of Pantheon – the podcast network for music lovers.

Guitar Music Theory

  • Publisher: Desi Serna
  • Total Episodes: 93

This podcast features free audio guitar lessons taught by Desi Serna, author of Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies. Learn how scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more get applied to the fretboard and familiar songs. Hear how to best get your playing skills in order. Begin to improvise and compose. Understand why your favorite songs sound so good. ➝ What do you specifically need to do in order to play guitar better? Visit the GuitarMusicTheory.com website to get FREE custom video instruction calibrated to your current level. Discover how to progressively play and sound better—today, in as little as 33 minutes!

Beyond Music Theory

  • Publisher: Beyond Music Theory
  • Total Episodes: 9

The main goal is to create content that helps you in your creative journey of making your own music! You will either find case study episodes and listen to how each song grows as I go through my music composition process; or episodes about music theory tips for songwriters, tools and other creative strategies to keep your music flowing.

Within The Musician

  • Publisher: Monica Williams
  • Total Episodes: 18

Welcome! This podcast is a place of discovery for all students, performers, educators and future educator. Join me and my guest each week as we explore why music matters. We will talk about the struggles and the triumphs, But above all we draw inspiration from one another as we explore ways to make ourselves happier and healthier human beings. Music is not just about the study of tone, technique, rhythm or theory. We will explore topics like stress management, perfectionism, communication, connection and above all self care and compassion.

The Jazz Tutorial Podcast with Julian Bradley

  • Publisher: Julian Bradley
  • Total Episodes: 12

The Jazz Tutorial Podcast gives you access to world-class jazz piano lectures, teaching jazz piano and jazz theory to musicians all around the world.Julian Bradley is a jazz pianist and music educator from the U.K. He has a masters degree in music, and in this podcast he shares jazz piano advice in a clear, and easy-to-understand manner.Join us as we uncover jazz piano chord voicings, jazz scales, walking bass lines, reharmonization, harmonic analysis, exotic jazz piano techniques, song intros and endings, practice tips, and much more.Download Julian’s ’23 Sweet Chord Progressions’ sheet music, and his ‘Jazz Piano Chord Voicing Guide’ (free) at www.JazzTutorial.com/podcast

KR Live Podcast

  • Publisher: Phyllis MacKenzie
  • Total Episodes: 38

Each episode focuses on theory, human application and physical expression of creativity in visual arts (including architecture, ceramics, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography, and sculpting), literary arts (including fiction, drama, poetry, and prose), performing arts (including dance, music, and theatre), and culinary arts (including cooking, chocolate making, and winemaking). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/phyllismackenzie/support

The Pat Flynn Show

  • Publisher: Pat Flynn
  • Total Episodes: 775

Want to become better than most people at most things? Then the Pat Flynn Show is for you. Listen in, and learn: – How to Master The Pat Flynn Philosophy of Generalism—or why it’s better to be better at many things, not best at just one. From there, how to combine abilities to create a competitive advantage at anything you could want—a tactic known as “skill stacking.” – Obtain Knowledge Fast, Learn Any Skill Quickly—Discover the 5 Generalist principles for ultra-efficient practice sessions and study habits. – Access Interviews with Generalists the world over—The Pat Flynn show covers everything from fitness and mental health to business and writing to philosophy and theology. – Get the tools you need to become someone who outperforms, outsmarts, and outmaneuvers the pack. – Discover hands-on tools, tips, and tactics to pursue your most fulfilling life. In this podcast, get to know best-selling author, philosopher, fitness coach, musician, entrepreneur, and Catholic convert Pat Flynn as he expounds upon his theory of Generalism, a theory applicable to each and every one of us.

Mandolin Minute

  • Publisher: Ron McKinnon
  • Total Episodes: 76

With Ron McKinnon. If you geek out on minutiæ regarding music interpretation, history, acoustics and theory (and seriously who doesn’t?) I invite you to join me on the Mandolin Minute. Available wherever podcasts are heard. Suggestions/comments can be sent to https://www.twitter.com/ron_mckinnon

The Weekly Song Podcast || Songwriting | Music

  • Publisher: The Weekly Song Podcast || Songwriting | Music
  • Total Episodes: 138

Two young musicians have taken it upon themselves to write a new song from scratch every week, then to share their songs with each other and the world. Each episode, Roger Heathers and Declan Kitchener deconstruct the theory and process of writing music, then probably go off topic to talk about how amazing the Beatles are or something. If you’d like to share your song that you wrote in a week with us, or perhaps join us as a guest, then get in touch with us via our e-mail address [email protected].

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