Music Theory A

Full-year course. In Music Theory A, students will develop a deeper understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and notation.  They will learn how to create, manipulate, and analyze chord progressions and the formal structure in instrumental works of the past as well as the present.  They will engage in a variety of assignments, including book work, ear training, performing, and composing.

Students in Music Theory A may choose to supplement their work in this course by registering for Piano I in the fall semester at WTMA and Piano II  in the spring. These elective courses will give Music Theory students the opportunity to apply their newfound knowledge in a practical setting. 

Students who complete Music Theory A will be prepared to take the Grade 4 exam from the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Level 6 Royal College of Music (RCM) exam. 

*Please note: Students who completed Intermediate Music Theory during or before the 2022-2023 school year at WTMA should register for Music Theory B. 

"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."
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    Music Theory A Information

    • Example Syllabus
    • Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.
    • Class cap: 15 students.
    • Designed for grades 9-12.
    • High school students may be awarded 1 Fine Arts credit upon completion of this course.

    Course Materials

    • Click here to purchase the course texts.
      • Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Andrew Surmani and Karen Farnum Surmani
      • Theory Time: GOLD Level Medallion Workbook
      • Theory Time: PLATINUM Level Medallion Workbook

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