Intermediate Music Theory

Full-year course. This course assumes the student’s foundational knowledge of basic music theory. Students will take their understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and notation to the next level by creating, manipulating, and analyzing chord progression and formal structure in instrumental works from the baroque, classical, and Romantic eras, as well as pop music of the later twentieth century. Musical composition assignments will complement the lectures and listening assignments. 

Students who complete Intermediate Music Theory will be prepared to take the Grade 3 exam from the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Level 5 Royal College of Music (RCM) exam. 

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  • Example Syllabus
  • Click here to purchase the course text.
    • Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Andrew Surmani and Karen Farnum Surmani
  • Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 9-12.
  • Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Fine Arts credit upon completion of this course.
  1. Parent Course Evaluation 2020-2021

    "My daughter enjoyed this class. It was challenging at an appropriate high school level. The variety of assignments and instruction made the course feel robust and thorough."
    - Parent Course Evaluation 2020-2021

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