Music Theory & Musicianship

Taught by Kyle Werner

These courses may be taken in addition to private lessons or as a separate course. They are open to any interested student who passes the written placement exam. 

Beginning or Intermediate Music Theory is for students with little or no music theory training.  Topics covered include reading notes in treble and bass clefs, writing notes, reading and counting basic rhythmic values, time signatures, accidentals, dynamics and articulations, major scales, intervals, key signatures, and the circle of fifths. Recognizing intervals, chords, and rhythms by ear, as well as basic conducting and composition skills, will also be explored. Intermediate classes will also delve into minor scales, triads, and compositional analysis. Students are placed according to age and ability, and the pace of the class will be more rigorous for older students. 

Advanced Music Theory/Ear Training I is designed for students who have had basic music theory training already, and are eager to move deeper into the inner workings of music.  Students study melody, harmony, and rhythm from a creative perspective and begin to write music of their own.  In addition, students will learn to recognize intervals and chords by ear.

Advanced Music Theory/Ear Training II gives students a chance to take their musical study even further after Level I.  We will learn more about how composers create their music, and become composers ourselves – the best way to learn about music is to write it!  The course will also train students to write down music by ear and develop basic conducting skills. 

Music History/Appreciation will explore where music comes from and how it is made.  In addition to learning about the history of music, we will take a musical tour of the world, listening to new music every week from many different countries and time periods, while also learning about musical instruments and the human voice.