Music Theory

Music Theory 1
Credit: 1.00 (2 Semesters)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None

In this course, students will learn to read and understand music. Topics include music vocabulary and symbols, reading notes and rhythms, understanding the piano keyboard, and developing listening skills. In addition, students will compose a basic melody. No prior music reading skills are necessary.

Music Theory 2
Credit: 1.00 (2 Semesters)
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Music Theory I, or consent of instructor

This course is designed to further develop the ability to read and compose music. Students will expand their knowledge of music vocabulary, symbols, notes, and rhythms. Through listening and reading music, students will learn to identify form and structure, melodic and harmonic analysis, and elements of composition, In addition, students will arrange and compose a piece of music.

Advanced Music Theory (With Advanced Placement Option)
Credit: 1.00 (2 Semesters)
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Music Theory II, or consent of instructor

In this course, students will deepen their understanding of musicianship, theory, musical materials, and composition. Students will examine aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and to some extent, history and style. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight singing, and keyboard harmony are included. An ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental and it is also assumed that students have acquired (or are acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument, This class will take a rigorous approach to music theory and will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam if they choose to do so.