Eastside Academic Studies


Music Theory (Intermediate II)

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Teacher: Kristi Helfen
Date/Time: Thursday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Room: Youth Room
Department: Art and Music
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th), Middle School (6th-8th)

Music Theory (Intermediate Level)

Instructor:  Kristi Helfen
Grade Level:  6th – 12th

One weekly class at LAC, 90 minutes in length

Intermediate Music Theory II is for students, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music.  In this course they will learn the essentials of music by developing competency in music reading and writing and by improving listening skills with ear training exercises. 

We will begin the year with The Well-Rounded Musician, Book F (see below, under "Materials").  Items covered in Book F will include Ear Training (rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, critical listening); Rhythm Studies (triplets, 16th notes, counting in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/8, 6/8, 6/4, 2/2); Understanding of Concepts: major and minor key signatures, scale degrees, major/minor/perfect intervals, major/minor/diminished/augmented triads, primary and secondary triads, analyzing chords with figured bass, dominant seventh chords; Terms and Symbols that apply to this level; Notation practice; Learning how to critique performances; Understanding compositional forms/elements/styles; Analyzing pieces; Learning about various composers (life and music); and Study of Five Musical Periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary).  When Book F is complete, we will move on to Book G, and possibly Book H.  Students also have the option of taking the Georgia Music Teachers Association Theory Test in February 2019.

Very Important to Consider Before Signing Up for This Class:  The student must have completed Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Books 1-3 or be at a comparable level in his/her understanding of music theory.  If you are unsure, please email the teacher at pkhelfen@yahoo.com.

Materials:  The Well-Rounded Musician, Books F and G by Heidi Larson and "Piano Explorer," a monthly periodical which provides valuable information on composers and their music, terminology, listening guides, and much more.  Also needed is a three-ring binder for staff paper and additional worksheets that will be provided. The teacher will order these materials once the student is registered, and you can reimburse her the first day of class.

Short homework assignments will be given each week to reinforce concepts covered in class.  A final grade will be given based on assignments (good preparation), class participation, tests, and attendance.

Tuition:  $45 per month (September – May)

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