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Music Theory and Musicianship

Fall 2020 Courses:

Beginning Music Theory Part I

Tina Simpson, Instructor 
Ages 7-11
Monday, 6:00–6:45 p.m., Room 1167. 15 sessions beginning on Zoom August 24

Struggling with note and music reading? Learn the essentials of music notation including the notes in treble and bass clef, note and rest values, time and key signatures, repeat signs, and more! Terrific for young string players. Parents are welcome to attend.

Interactive Music Theory

Kevin Rilling, Instructor
Ages 12 to adult

Students may attend any one of these five weekly sessions:
Monday, 3:30–4:15 p.m., 4:20–5:05 p.m., or 5:10–5:55 p.m., Begins August 17
Thursday, 4:00–4:45 p.m., or 5:00–5:45 p.m., Begins August 20

The Blair Precollege and Adult Music Theory Program is a unique, integrated theory experience offering students an exciting range and depth of theory options. The curriculum is designed to address the needs of all students, from total beginners to advanced students working at or near college level. Personal interaction with theory faculty and regular assessment through testing are integral to each student's academic development and understanding of course material. Adults and children ages 12 and older are welcome after an initial placement test.

Understanding how music is put together enhances performing ability and personal satisfaction. Each student’s learning and understanding are personally guided through interaction with the teacher and regular worksheets and tests. Classes on Zoom allow for more personalized instruction. Students are able to develop collegiality and community. Students are welcome after completing an initial placement test.

Musicianship I

Fred Sienkiewicz, Instructor
Grades 9–12 (Highly motivated and musically experienced younger students welcome with instructor permission)
Monday, 5:10–6:00 p.m. 15 sessions: Begins August 17 on Zoom

Recognizing musical sounds by ear and accurately reading and singing from written music are fundamental skills needed by all musicians. Students in Musicianship quickly learn to improve at sight-reading, dictation, improvisation, phrasing, and musical expression using the innovative approach of the Ploger Method®.

Musicianship III

Using skills learned in Musicianship I and II, you’ll discover how to read, hear, transcribe and transpose pitches, rhythms and chords heard in an assortment of pop, folk and classical pieces. Also, you will learn to more fluently sight-sing and improvise using solfège syllables and moveable scale-degree numbers.