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.
Keyboard Note Identification
Keyboard Reverse Note Identification (dot is on middle C)
Specific IntervalsIntervals 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
Chords - Triads
- 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.
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%