Music Theory Classes
This year we're incorporating more music reading into our performing group experience, but we can't cover it all in rehearsals!
Here is our list of possible class-style offerings that may be offered as standalone classes.
Music Code Breaking: lines, spaces, treble and bass clefs, basic note and rest values. The ABCs of music reading. Clear up the confusion of acronyms and sentences by using Guide Notes - learn it, KNOW it, move on...(1-4 weeks)
Keys to Success: Sharps, flats, scales, intervals and key signatures. Why not just put everything in the same key? (We have the answer.) Music Code understanding is prerequisite. (1-4 weeks)
Music Map Reading: Where am I? Where am I going? I'm LOST! We'll show you the way through the music.(1-2 weeks)
Extra intervals: Need extra work on intervals? Here's an in-between class just for you! Singing, playing, listening. (2-4 weeks)
Majoring on Minors: Major and minor keys.. Recognizing the great enrichment this next step bring to music - priceless! Prerequisite of music code and understanding of major keys. (2 weeks)
Rhythm Code Breaking: No prerequisite. Have fun on different instruments playing and (yes) writing rhythmic notation. Can't have music without the rhythm! (4 weeks)
Putting it Together: It takes rhythm and melody (well, and some more) to make music. All above concepts are prerequisite as we put together the melodies, harmonies and rhythms to really start getting the full picture.
What's that Sound? (Dictation): Hear a melody (it might be inside your head) - write it down! (Why not just make a recording? Answer: Why do we need the printed word?) Add the rhythm so it's just the way you hear it - universal language learning! All above concepts are prerequisite.
Chord Reading: Prerequisite of Code Breaking and Keys. Why are there letters written above the words in my "music"? Why are there letters above the music (in popular music)? Why is there just a sheet full of letters and perpendicular lines? Not just the answer to "why" but "how" to interpret the shorthand for the code.(4 weeks)
AP Music Theory: Using Barron's text, this group will work through the book as a serious review for advanced studies and/or taking of the AP music theory placement test. All above concepts should be pre-requisite. (This could be offered in 2-3 month increments, but depending on the pace, would take much longer to gain a thorough understanding of the entire subject.)
Compliments of MusicTheory.net! You can design your own exercises, but here are some to get you started.
Musicca.com is another good resource.
Included in the Nuggets of GOLD performing groups, our goal is to make sure that each cast member be able to name lines and spaces on sight, locate notes on piano, perform basic rhythm patterns (up to eighth notes),and sing scale on numbers.
Chrysos (in addition to above) members should be explosed to basic dynamic symbols, accidentals, repeats, location of key and time signatures, rhythm patterns with dotted notes and 16ths, sing in two parts, and sing a major scale with solfege.
Teens (in addition to above) should learn to understand most common symbols, follow the “road map” in choral music, read open score, sight sing basic patterns and be able to sing basic intervals.