Music Theory I & II

Not offered during Fall 2106 Semester

Music Theory I (semester course / .5 credit) (fall semester)

Course Description: Music Theory I is a course designed to introduce the novice musician to the basics of Music Theory.  Throughout the course, students will investigate concepts that include Staff, Clef, Note/rest values and relationships, Rhythmic notation, Scales, Key Signatures, Tempo indications, Basic Orchestration, Dynamic markings, Intervals and Triads.  Students will develop their listening skills through music dictation exercises.  Students may be asked to create simple compositions.  Instructional topics include an introduction to phrase and period structure, form, analytical writing, dictation, and keyboard harmony.

Prerequisite: This course is open to all 9-12th grade students.  Choir & Band students are strongly encouraged to take this course to improve their sight-reading & ear training skills.

Music Theory II (semester course / .5 credit) (spring semester)

Course Description: Music Theory II is open to all students.  It is designed to pick up where the Music Theory I course ended. Students are expected to have mastered all concepts in the introductory course before continuing with this course.  A brief review of basic concepts will be followed by investigation of concepts including Chord progressions, Basic four part voice leading, Syncopation, Dominant Seventh Chords, Diminished Seventh Chords, Chord inversions, Figured bass, Non-Chord Tones.  Students will develop their listening skills through weekly aural dictation.  Students may be asked to create musical compositions that demonstrate an understanding of the concepts discussed.

Prerequisite: This course is open to all 9-12th grade students successfully completing Music Theory I with an A or B.    


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