• Music Theory


    Music Theory teaches students about the concepts, science, and rules that govern the elements and composition of western music.  Classes begin with understanding basic notes and rhythms, then quickly progresses through intervals, scales, and keys up to form and analysis.  By the end of the class, students will be able to correctly use roman numeral analyze and figured bass on moderate to difficult pieces.  The Music Theory class also focuses on dictation and ear training.


     Note Identification

    Treble clef (right hand) - easy (with helpers) - easy (without helpers) - intermediate - advanced
    Bass clef (left hand) - easy (with helpers) - easy (without helpers) - intermediate - advanced 
    Both clefs! easy - advanced

    Keyboard Note Identification


      Keyboard Reverse Note Identification (dot is on middle C)

    Treble clef (right hand) - easy - advanced
    Bass clef (left hand) - easy - advanced 
    Both clefs! easy - advanced

    Specific Intervals 

    Intervals up to a 5th:  identification - ear training - advanced ear training (wider range) - harmonic (both notes together)
    All intervals:  identification - ear training - advanced ear training (wider range) - harmonic (both notes together)
    For practice hearing just a few intervals, use this ear trainer and select just the intervals you need to focus on

    Scale Ear Training 


    Key Signature Identification 

     Minor Keys

    Chords - Triads 

     Chord Identification: easy - intermediate - advanced (with inversions)
     Ear training: major/minor - all triads - advanced (with inversions)
     Keyboard chord identification: easy - advanced




    • Develop skills related to the theory of music.
    • Demonstrate musicianship skills which will facilitate reading music.
    • Demonstrate the ability to arrange and orchestrate music.
    • Demonstrate the ability to read various clefs and identify intervals.
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the aspects of form, melody, and harmony.

    Grading Expectations:

    Students grades will be determined by combining four factors. Points are earned in each class for the following:

    • Students in-class work
    • Students semester projects
    • Student/Teacher assessments using DHS Rubrics

    Assessment / Grading:

    • Daily Observations: 60%
    • Classwork/Assignments: 40%