Theory & Composition

The Conservatory is privileged to have several composers among its faculty members and offers individual lessons in 30, 45, and 60-minute lengths, depending on student need and teacher recommendation.

Our Programs

Students will be required to take a placement exam unless enrolling in Intro to Music Theory.

Fall Offerings (August 29 - November 21)

Preparatory 1

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Mondays 4:30-5:10 p.m. or Saturdays 9-9:40 p.m.

Tuition: $240/120*

Students will learn to identify keys on a piano and be able to read and find all notes in treble and bass clef. Rhythm recognition and clapping includes whole, half, dotted half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests. Course also includes reading about and listening to works by great composers. Proficient English readings skills required.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Preparatory 2

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Saturdays 10-10:55 a.m.

Tuition: $240/120*

Building on the skills learned in Prep 1, students will learn about accidentals and enharmonics, measures and simple time signatures, whole tones and semitones. Introduces major scales and key signatures (C,G,D,F,Bb). Course includes reading about and listening to works by great composers.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Basic 1

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Tuesdays 5-5:55 p.m. or Saturdays 11-11:55 a.m.

Tuition: $240/120*

In this year-long course, students will first review all core concepts from the Preparatory level. New rhythms include 32nd notes, and students will become comfortable with grouping, adding, and dividing various sharps or flats, then moves to Major, Perfect, and minor intervals. Students will learn about scale degrees, and signatures, including cut time, and base numbers of 8 and 16. Finally, students will work on octave transposition and finding the key of a melody. Completion of Preparatory courses or Placement test required. Recommended for students in third grade or above.

Winter Offerings (November 28 - March 5)

Preparatory 2

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Mondays 4:30-5:10 p.m. or Saturdays 9-9:40 a.m.

Tuition: $240/120*

Building on the skills learned in Prep 1, students will learn about accidentals and enharmonics, measures and simple time signatures, whole tones and semitones. Introduces major scales and key signatures (C,G,D,F,Bb). Course includes reading about and listening to works by great composers.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Preparatory 3

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Saturdays at 10-10:55 a.m.

Tuition: $240/120*
Course furthers understanding of pitch relationships, learning about chromatic and diatonic semitones as well as Major and Perfect Intervals. Students continue learning about major scales and key signature, up to 4 sharps or flats. Rhythms include dotted quarters, 16ths, triplets, and introduces compound time signatures. Course includes reading about various instruments and listening to works that showcase their abilities.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Basic 2

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Tuesdays 5-5:55 p.m. or Saturdays, 11-11:55 a.m. (Dec 5-Mar 5)

Tuition: $240/$120

Prerequisite: Basic 1 (Fall course)

In this year-long course, students will first review all core concepts from the Preparatory level. New rhythms include 32nd notes, and students will become comfortable with grouping, adding, and dividing various sharps or flats, then moves to Major, Perfect, and minor intervals. Students will learn about scale degrees, and signatures, including cut time, and base numbers of 8 and 16. Finally, students will work on octave transposition and finding the key of a melody. Completion of Preparatory courses or Placement test required. Recommended for students in third grade or above.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Peparatory Fast Track Combo (Part I)

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Saturdays, 12-12:55 p.m.

Tuition: $240/$120

This combination class is designed for older beginners ages 9-13. Students will work at a faster pace to complete the material for Theory 1-2 in two quarters. Age requirements will be strictly followed as this class is designed for upper elementary to middle school aged students only. Tuition includes workbook.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Spring Offerings (March 6 - June 5)

Preparatory 3

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Mondays 4:30-5:10 p.m. or Saturdays 9-9:40 p.m.

Tuition: $240/120*
Course furthers understanding of pitch relationships, learning about chromatic and diatonic semitones as well as Major and Perfect Intervals. Students continue learning about major scales and key signature, up to 4 sharps or flats. Rhythms include dotted quarters, 16ths, triplets, and introduces compound time signatures. Course includes reading about various instruments and listening to works that showcase their abilities.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Basic 3

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Tuesdays 5-5:55 p.m. or Saturdays, 11-11:55 a.m. (Dec 5-Mar 5)

Tuition: $240/$120

Prerequisite: Basic 1 (Fall course)

In this year-long course, students will first review all core concepts from the Preparatory level. New rhythms include 32nd notes, and students will become comfortable with grouping, adding, and dividing various sharps or flats, then moves to Major, Perfect, and minor intervals. Students will learn about scale degrees, and signatures, including cut time, and base numbers of 8 and 16. Finally, students will work on octave transposition and finding the key of a melody. Completion of Preparatory courses or Placement test required. Recommended for students in third grade or above.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Preparatory Fast Track Combo (Part I)

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Saturdays, 10-10:55 p.m.

Tuition: $240/$120

This combination class is designed for older beginners ages 9-13. Students will work at a faster pace to complete the material for Theory 1-2 in two quarters. Age requirements will be strictly followed as this class is designed for upper elementary to middle school aged students only. Tuition includes workbook.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

Preparatory Fast Track Combo (Part II)

Instructor: Kathryn Norring

Schedule: Saturdays, 12-12:55 p.m.

Tuition: $240/$120

This combination class is designed for older beginners ages 9-13. Students will work at a faster pace to complete the material for Theory 1-2 in two quarters. Age requirements will be strictly followed as this class is designed for upper elementary to middle school aged students only. Tuition includes workbook.

*50% discount for private lesson instrumental students at PCM.

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