Theory for Kids
Students enrolling in Theory classes will be required to take a placement exam unless enrolling in Music Theory Prep.
Young students just starting lessons and not yet proficient at reading music. Topics include: treble and bass clefs, time signatures, rhythm, famous composers.
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. Course includes reading about and listening to works by great composers.
In this course, students expand their knowledge of key signatures to include relative, as well as the concept of harmonic minor. They continue learning the constructs of good melody writing, and begin to study the great composers. This level introduces tonic chord symbols.
Students expand their knowledge of key signatures to two sharps and flats and are introduced to melodic minor. They play these scales on the piano and on their own instruments. They learn about major and perfect intervals and begin octave transposition. This level adds dominant triads and chord symbols to their repertoire.
In this level, students study key signatures and scales up to three sharps and flats. They learn how to transpose a melodic line into another clef, and are introduced to minor intervals. This course adds subdominant triads to the mix, and students now progress to writing four-measure melodies outlining specific harmonies.
Theory for Adults
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Eames
Using The Royal Conservatory curriculum and materials, adult students will refresh their knowledge and expand their horizons through sequenced instruction in music theory. This enlivening and enlightening course is for beginners through intermediate singers and players, and will include the opportunity to discuss the way that music theory “works” on one’s instrument of study. The Royal Conservatory Prep book is required ($17.95).
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