This class is designed for adults who read music fluently and want to take their musicianship skills to the next level. Students learn about different kinds of scale, rhythm and meter, and the elements of harmony and chord construction. While there are engaging activities and ample personal interaction with the teacher, students are not tied to a schedule of meetings.
The class includes in-depth exploration of the following topics:
Unit 1: Major and Minor Scales
- Major scales
- Major scales concepts
- Relative and parallel minor
- Natural, harmonic and melodic minor
- The order of sharps and flats
- The circle of fifths
- Identifying key signatures
- Interval size
- Perfect and major interval qualities
- Minor, diminished, and augmented interval qualities
- Hearing intervals
- Simple and compound meter
- Major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads
- Lead sheet notation
- Hearing triads
- Inversion of triads
- Figured bass symbols
- Roman numerals and functional chords
- The tonic, subdominant, and dominant triads
- The dominant seventh and inversions
- Harmonizing a melody with chords
Students use an innovative online classroom that provides easy access to course materials and communication between students and instructors. Integrated instructional software helps students build musical fluency in an interactive environment. Students hone their skills using the following software:
Musition (for basic theory skills) Auralia (for ear training) Noteflight (for music notation skills)
Practice First (for sight reading and sight singing) There are no set meeting times. Rather, each week for 8 weeks, each student completes a unit that includes video lessons, assignments, and quizzes. Students can log on at any time to do these activities. The teacher then provides individual feedback and guidance. Students are also invited to video chat with the teacher during office hours.
We understand that many adults have busy schedules and may not be able to complete work according to fixed schedule. For that reason, students have access to the online classroom for a full six months following the date of registration.
Please note: If you are not sure which online theory class is right for you, you can take our free online placement test to find out. This test is not required – students may select a class based on the description.
For more information, please contact Evan Meier, Theory Department Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1598 or EMeier@levinemusic.org.
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