Grades 10, 11, 12
For the student interested in music composition and/or considering music as a college major, this course provides the tools necessary to get started. This course prepares students to take the AP Music Theory class. The fundamentals of music — such as notation, rhythm, intervals and chords — are addressed, as well as an introduction to melodic elements and beginning four-part chorale writing in the style of Bach (Common Practice). Ear-training (aural skills) is a major aspect of the course. In addition to classroom instruction, students work with online aural skills resources as well as the Auralia Ear-training computer program. Students are also required to learn basic solfegge (sight-singing). Students should be able to read both bass and treble clefs.
Prerequisites: Must be able to read music and match pitch. Previous study of an instrument or voice. Recommendation of music teacher.