Intermediate Music Theory

Course Description


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. 

Please look at both Introduction and Intermediate Music Theory if you are not sure which level is appropriate for your student. Usually, if students can already read music fairly comfortably (at least treble clef), Intermediate Music Theory should be appropriate.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Music Theory & Appreciation.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Text:

  • Surmani, Andrew and Karen Farnum Surmani. Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory (2004). ISBN 9780739036358

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 upon completion of this course.