Course Length: 1 Semester
Course Credit: 0.50
High School Grade: 9-12
Accredited: Cognia-SACS/CASI, Middle States, FACCS
Music Theory is a semester-length fine arts elective for high school students. The course requires no prior instrumental, vocal, or music theory study. Using the piano keyboard as a visual basis for comprehension, the course materials explore the nature of music, integrating these concepts into details of music. Throughout the series of assignments, ear training exercises are interspersed with the bones of composition technique, building in students the ability not only to hear and appreciate music, but step-by-step, to create it in written form as well. This highly interactive course culminates in the students producing original compositions, which while based on standard notation, demonstrate facets of personal expression. As the students’ ability to perform increases in the future, they will better understand music and therefore better demonstrate its intrinsic communication of emotion and ideas.
Laying the groundwork for a lifetime love of music, students in this course will discover the basics of music and even try their hand at composition. From rhythm and meter to making harmony and working with chords, this enriching elective allows students to explore music-making with online tools. Students will engage their imaginations as they conceive, write, and compose music and study note-reading.
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