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College Music Theory

Course Catalog ID:
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.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12, College (Dual Credit)
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

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.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“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