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Music Theory

Music Theory is the study of how music works, the language and notation of music. It provides our students with the critical building blocks for composing and writing music. This class is designed to develop a student’s awareness of the basic components of music including pitch, scales, models, rhythm, chord, melody and harmony, among other essentials of creating music. Our Music Theory classes prepare students for all future musical endeavors.

Music Theory & Ear Training - Level 1

2 semesters- Fall thru Spring

No prerequisite. Students will be taught introductory Music Theory topics including: Music Terms, Symbols , and Concepts, Simple & Compound Time Signatures, Key Signatures (up to 3 sharps/flats), Treble and Bass Clefs, Note Reading, Rhythm Notation and Dictation, Scale Degrees, Intervals, Chromatic Scale, the Major Scale Tonic Triads, Chords. Classroom instruction may be supplemented with computer lab work to test Theory knowledge, and for Ear Training. Ear training topics will include Meter Recognition, Introduction to Solfege, Interval Recognition, Chord Recognition, and Major/Minor Scale Recognition, Interval, chord, & scale singing.

Music Theory & Ear Training - Level 2

2 semesters - Fall thru Spring

After a review of Music Theory & Ear Training - Level 1 topics, students will be fought more Music Terms, Symbols, and Concepts, Compound Time Notation, Alto & Tenor clefs, Transposition, Major and Minor Scales, Advanced Scales & Modes, Triads on degree I, IV, & V (major mode), Dominant 7th chord, Inversions, Cadences, Writing 4-bar Rhythms, Simple Phrase Structure. Classroom instruction may be supplemented with computer lab work to test Theory knowledge, and for Ear Training. Ear training topics will include Rhythmic & Melodic Dictation, Solfege, Compound Interval Recognition, Chord/Inversion Recognition, Scale/Mode Recognition, Interval, chord/inversion, & scale singing.

Music Theory & Ear Training - Level 3

2 semesters - Fall thru Spring

Prerequisite: Completion of Music Theory & Ear Training Level 2.  After a throughout review of Music Theory & Ear Training - Level 2 topics, students will be taught more Music Terms, Symbols, and Concepts, Irregular Time Signatures, Advanced Scales & Modes, Jazz Chord Notation, Figured Bass, Chords/7th Chords on all scale degrees (major & minor modes), Inversions, Cadences, Writing 4-bar Rhythms, Phrase Structure, Writing Rhythms to Words, Chord Progressions, Modulation, Composing Melodies, Orchestral Instrument Families, Keys and Ranges, Ornaments, Classroom instruction will be supplemented with computer lab work to test Theory, and for Ear Training. Ear training topics will include Dictation, Compound Interval REcognition, Chord/Inversion Recognition, Scale/Mode Recognition, Interval, chord/inversion, & scale singing, and Instrument Recognition.

Music Theory & Ear Training - Level 4

2 semesters - Fall thru Spring

Prerequistie: Completion of Music Theory & Ear Training Level 3  This class will review the material in Music Theory & Ear Training Level 3, and will be preparatory to more advanced Music Theory studies.

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