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About Me

 Welcome, Musicians!😍

Malia Jade Roberson

Publications with Hal Leonard:

music theory staff paper notebook

Music Theory Staff Paper (Hal Leonard 2019), the original hybrid music manuscript notebook. It is the Cornell note-taking method, but for music! The cover design is inspired by vintage 19th and 20th-century European and American sheet music. 

scales and modes

Visualize Keyboard Scales & Modes (Hal Leonard 2020) is not like any other scale method book on the market. This is for both readers and non-readers. It includes theory lessons and scales and modes are organized by tonic to understand multiple methods of building modes, which is truer to how musicians think about mode and scale construction. 



Music Theory Staff Paper by Malia Jade Roberson


Visualize Keyboard Scales & Modes by Malia Jade Roberson 

Academic Credentials

Dr. Malia is a Lecturer in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Piano, and Composition at California State University, Channel Islands.

She is a Hal Leonard author, and Early Reader for the College Board, AP Music Theory Exam.

Dr. Malia has participated in four Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy, at UMASS, Amherst and the Eastman School of Music and conference organizer for the West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis (Eugene, OR in 2023).

Forthcoming: music theory essay on the topic of "public music theory" for the journal, Music Theory Spectrum 2024.

Malia Jade Roberson


 Ph.D. in Music Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara

 M.A. in Music Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara

 M.A. in Piano Performance, University of California, Santa Cruz.

 B.A. in Music, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dissertation: Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds (1924): Metrical Displacement, Tonal Distortion and the Composer as Performer


 voice leading music theory


How can I support your music learning journey?

Malia Jade Roberson



Personal History

Malia's hometown is San Clemente, Ca. She was the webmaster for the Hobie Memorial Foundation and helped realize the memorial statue of Hobie Alter in Dana Point, Ca. The HMF built the most beautiful statue in the world that honors the boating~surfing culture and heritage in Southern California!!! Go see it!

hobie memorial dana point        

Malia lives in Pasadena, CA with her boxer-bulldog, Cooper.  

 All items at Music Theory Shop are made or printed in the U.S.A.

 Malia Jade Music