Music Theory

7870 Semester/0.5 credit Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
This course is designed for any student who plays an instrument or sings and wishes to enhance their musical skills. In Music Theory I, students will learn the art of sight singing, musical dictation, interval identification (aural and written), and basic chord structure. Students must first demonstrate the ability to read and understand basic music notation. Students taking Music Theory I will be able to sight sing passages with basic intervals, identify, understand, and appreciate basic chord structures, and be prepared to take AP Theory.

7810* Year/1.0 credit Grade 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Theory I or teacher approval. AP Music Theory will develop the student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the
basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills will be thoroughly examined using both listening and written exercises. The course will also give students the opportunity to explore various composition techniques including the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, and the realization of figured-bass notation. All students enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to take the College Board’s Advanced Placement Exam.