Music Theory I

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Class Description:

Music Theory I is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the basics of rhythm, pitch, harmony, and music analysis.  Students learn the basics of music notation and also develop their aural skills through rhythm and interval dictation exercises.  We have a lot of fun in theory class as we learn about music through listening, games, and cooperative work.  Each unit culminates in a composition project where students create and notate original music that demonstrates mastery of the skills learned.  At the end of the course students host the annual Music Theory Symposium where they share their original music with the student body, teachers, and community.   Students who have a strong interest in studying music in college should definitely consider taking this course.

Course Objectives:

1.) Students will learn how to notate rhythms using a variety of rhythmic symbols, tempo markings, and time signatures.
2.) Students will learn how to count and perform any given rhythm in any meter.
3.) Students will learn how to notate musical pitch and demonstrate mastery in a variety of areas related to pitch including note naming, clefs, major and minor scales, key signatures, and intervals.
4.) Students will learn how to notate all common triads and seventh chords in any inversion and analyze these chords in musical contexts.
5.) Students will learn how to interpret lead sheet and figured bass symbols.
6.) Students will learn how to compose a basic chord progression and matching melody.
7.) Students will complete four composition projects in which they create original music.
8.) Students will learn how to do a Roman numeral analysis of a song using diatonic chords in a major or minor key.
9.) Students will develop aural skills to be able to identify any basic interval by ear, and to dictate simple melodies by ear.
10.) Students will work collaboratively to benefit from a variety of perspectives and approaches and develop teamwork skills.