Music Theory

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Whether you are studying privately with one of our bART instructors or studying privately outside of our school, our music theory classes are open to young musicians of all levels. The study of music theory is indispensable to the development of literate, well-rounded musicians. Intertwined with history, this class provides students with a sense of artistic chronology, repertoire, and an awareness of varied styles and style periods. This includes the study of musical training from a variety of cultures and traditions from Western and Eastern global classical traditions to a more contemporary understanding of popular nomenclature. Music theory develops the “seeing ear” (the ability to hear music and know how it should look in notation) and the “hearing eye” (the ability to see music and know how it should sound).

Course Goals: In this class, your child will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the fundamentals of reading music (including note recognition in treble, bass, and alto clefs, scales and key signatures, intervals, simple and compound meters, and transposition)
  • Participate in ear training exercises such as group sight singing
  • Progress to the study of music analysis, form, chromatic harmony, and part writing
  • Build a solid foundation to further study at the college level and potentially pass placement exams
  • Work alongside likeminded peers
  • Familiarize themselves with musical “rules” to creatively break them, especially in composition and music production

Age Group: This class is intended for students 13 and up. A short consultation and/or placement exam with the instructor may be required to determine your child’s level.

Class instances: Once a week for 60 minutes. January 8th through April 29th. Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm. *14 sessions. We will be closed 1/15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2/19 for Presidents’ Day, and 3/18 for Spring Break. 

Class materials/prerequisites:

  • No prior experience required
  • May be helpful for students to have general sense of keyboard orientation, but not required

Tuition: $350/semester

Instructor: David Broome