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This course is a thorough study of musical elements that will be on the AP Music Theory exam, and includes in-depth ear training, weekly assignments, and reviews, culminating in a practice exam and review.
Students learn how to write music for instruments and/or voice, and listen to many different kinds of music by great composers of the past and present. They also learn basic forms, beginning counterpoint and harmony, and notation. The class is in a workshop setting in which musical ideas are shared and supported.
Hear the sounds of written music before it is played (sight-singing), translate heard sounds into notation (dictation), and connect those experiences to instrumental study.
In Beginning A, students learn basic notation on the Treble clef, playing/singing and hearing intervals, basic rhythms and time signatures, and some improvisation and composition. Purchase of the Alfred Complete Essentials of Music Theory is required.
In Beginning B, students learn to hear, play and distinguish among four different types of triads and their inversions, more advanced rhythms such as 16th notes and triplets, and the major scales and key signatures. They also learn to write and read in both treble and bass clef and write small compositions. Purchase of the Alfred Complete Essentials of Theory is required.
In Intermediate A, students learn to put triads together into cycles, more advanced rhythm (3 against 2), odd meters, more advanced repertoire, basic 4-part voice leading, 7th chords and inversions, and basic composition. Purchase of the Alfred Complete Essentials of Theory is required.
In Intermediate B, students learn the Dorian modal system and modal harmony. They learn to improvise and become fluent in writing, playing and hearing these progressions and scales. They also write small compositions and analyze modes in orchestral pieces.
In Intermediate C, students begin to synthesize prior knowledge and learn how to use and resolve chords in functional harmony. They connect the chord cycles they learned earlier to harmonic progressions and discover the effect of key signatures on cycles. They also learn to play harmonies within a key and handle non-harmonic tones in composition and analysis.
In Advanced A, students analyze pieces written during the Common Practice Period and learn to identify secondary dominant chords, modulations, and form.
In Advanced B, they learn augmented 6 chords, and more advanced chromaticism and analysis.
Call to schedule a placement evaluation to determine appropriate level.