Hooktheory is an ed-tech company that builds software and interactive learning materials that help musicians craft melodies and chord progressions like the pros and gain a deeper understanding and intuition for how music works.
The following products work together to create a rich integrated platform for musicians to learn how music works and create amazing new original music.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.