MUSIC THEORY 1- Available to all class levels

The Music Theory course for Music Majors is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a musical composition so that they can become more creative and independent interpreters of their art. Included in the course are fundamentals of music up through elementary modulation. The ear training component includes sight singing simple major and minor melodies to melodies that modulate to closely related keys; harmonic and melodic dictation; techniques of composition; and music history. All orchestra students at the North East School of the Arts are required to take a Music Theory class before they graduate but are encouraged to try to take it in their sophomore year of high school. This allows them perhaps three years to turn their “study” of music into praxis.

AP MUSIC THEORY - Theory I is the prerequisite for this class

The Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory course enables highly motivated students to do college level work in the areas of reading and analyzing notated music and aural training. Particular emphasis will be placed upon developing listening skills, sight singing ability and knowledge of rhythm, melody, harmony, form and other compositional devices. The successful student will have the skills necessary to function intelligently in any musical situation. The work of the course will emphasize preparation for the advanced placement music theory examination.

COMPOSITION - Theory I is the prerequisite for this class

This class is for advanced students to study composition and compose their own pieces. The class studies harmonic analysis, counterpoint, form, and orchestration. Ear training is included in this class to help students continue to develop their listening skills.