We build software and interactive learning materials to help musicians craft amazing melodies and chord progressions and gain a deep understanding and intuition for how music works.

The Founders and Hooktheory’s Beginnings

Hooktheory founders Ryan Miyakawa, David Carlton, and Chris Anderson

Dave, Ryan, and Chris created Hooktheory while working on their PhDs at UC Berkeley and have a long history working together in technology, music, and education. Friends for many years, they have been involved in many projects together from producing a viral music video espousing the wonders of nanotechnology to working with Nobel Prize winning physicist Saul Perlmutter to design and teach UC Berkeley's acclaimed Physics and Music Course. The three friends developed and taught “A Songwriter’s Guide: The Theory of Popular Music”, a DeCal course in the Music Department in 2011. The course was so successful that they decided to build a platform based on the concepts in the class in order to make it available to a wider audience. The result is Hooktheory. In 2013 Hooktheory was admitted to Skydeck, the prestigious startup incubator for UC Berkeley companies.

For more info check out this article about the Hooktheory team Berkeley Engineering Magazine Feature: What makes pop pop?