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College Music Theory

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Subject Categories:
College Dual Credit, Music

This course offers an in-depth exploration of conventions of music notation, essential musical symbols, and basic analytical and compositional skills. Students will develop competency and fluency in intervals, scales, key signatures, rhythm and pitch notation, triads, seventh chords, melody harmonization, and non-harmonic tones. Studies will include an examination of elements of counterpoint and functional harmony. In this course students will observe and discern how tonal music works, learn how to articulate this understanding clearly and concisely, and then apply these concepts to their own musical ability.

Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of TPS Contemporary Music Harmony
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

College Credit: This course is pre-approved for college credit (Belhaven MUS 121, 3 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, the student may apply for a college transcript from Belhaven University for this course. These transcripted credits may be transferred to other colleges. More information is here.

Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived (recording only) if the student has a time zone or schedule conflict. Select this option when you enroll or notify TPS for approval.

“This music course brought my understanding of music and harmony to another level! I used to be pretty good at theory, but I never realized how connected and applicable it is to actual music pieces and compositions. This year, I learned how to fully understand and apply music theory and also compose my own pieces! I never would have dreamed that I could even do that, yet here I am. You will never regret choosing this course. The teacher is absolutely amazing, brightening everyone’s day with his quirky humor and making the material interesting to learn. This course is a must for anyone considering to pursue music more seriously!”

Maggie B

“This course took me from loving music to really understanding how it worked. I went into the course already comfortable playing my instrument and not sure what I would learn, but through this course I have grown tremendously in my knowledge of music. We started with the basics and quickly progressed so that by the end of the course, I was writing and analyzing my own short pieces and accompaniments. What I have learned has already been very useful to me, and now when I look at a piece of music, I notice countless things I didn’t even know existed before taking this course. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to delve even deeper into music.”

Hannah E

“This class taught me so much about the nature and spirit of music. I got such a good foundational grasp on the subject which has sparked so much passion to grow in it, paired with the ability and knowledge to do so. My teacher was an absolute joy to spend every class period with.”

William H

“I am planning to major in piano performance, and this class has helped prepare me for the level of theory classes that I will be taking at college. Even if you aren’t taking music in college, but have a love for music, I think taking this class will boost your knowledge of music tremendously.”

Rebecca R

“This music course is excellent. It doesn’t matter what level you are at in your instrument (or even if you don’t play any instrument); this course is an effective introduction to music theory. If you have ever wanted to gain an understanding of why music works the way it does, or if you want to learn how to write your own music, this is where you should start. And even if you already have some understanding of music theory, it will fill in any gaps in your knowledge. Highly recommended!”

Jeremy C
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