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Hooktheory is an ed-tech company that builds software and interactive learning materials to reinvent how music is taught.

The following products work together to create a rich integrated platform for exploring how music works.

Hookpad

Hookpad is an intelligent musical sketchpad that helps people create amazing chord progressions and melodies. It has music theory “built-in” to help musicians find the sound they're looking for.

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Key Features

  • Quickly build chord progressions and melodies with a simple and easy-to-use interface.
  • Shows chords and melody relative to a key.
  • Links with Theorytab library for suggesting chords based on context.
  • Exports work for mixing in GarageBand, Pro Tools, or Ableton.
  • Learning companion to our other educational tools.

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Hooktheory I

Hooktheory I: Music Theory for Songwriting is Hooktheory's bestselling book that teaches people how to craft melodies and chord progressions like professional musicians and gain a deep understanding for how music works. It is the #1 rated "music theory" book on Goodreads

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Key Features

  • Provides concrete knowledge for crafting great chord progressions and melodies.
  • Teaches songwriting and music theory through popular songs.
  • Interactive examples let you see and hear the concepts being taught.
  • Ability to read sheet music is not required.
  • Integrated with Hookpad and Theorytab library for putting into practice ideas learned in the book.

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Theorytab

Theorytab is Hooktheory's unique format for conveying how popular songs work. Hooktheory maintains a crowd sourced library that lets people look up the Theorytab of their favorite song. Theorytabs are also used throughout the rest of Hooktheory's products as a teaching tool.

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Key Features

  • The library contains over 12000 Theorytabs with more being contributed every day by Hooktheory's active community.
  • Search for songs that use a particular chord progression.
  • Find statistics on the next most likely chord in a progression and view song matches.
  • Playback the actual song or a simplified reduction in sync with a visualization of chords and melody.
  • Change the key/tempo and switch any song from major to minor or vice versa.
  • Color is used to link melody and chords to a song's tonality.

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Classroom

Hooktheory Classroom helps instructors teach music and songwriting in ways that keep students engaged, excited, and inspired. Classroom combines engaging music theory material students love with an innovative musical sketchpad, tailor-made for education (Hookpad).

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Key Features

  • Integrates course management tools with Hookpad to allow teachers to create interactive assignments for students
  • Adopted in nearly 100 schools around the world from elementary school through the University level.

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The Founders and Hooktheory's Beginnings

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 a producing 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 was Hooktheory. In 2013 Hooktheory was admitted to Skydeck, the prestigious startup incubator for UC Berkeley companies.

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