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Music Theory and Musicianship

Fall 2021 courses

Advanced Musicianship

This class will meet virtually fall 2021

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.

Beginning Music Theory Part I

Tina Simpson, Instructor 
Ages 7-11
Monday, 6:00–6:45 p.m. This class will be held virtually fall 2021

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

This class will be held in-person and virtually for fall 2021

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.
Thursday, 4:00–4:45 p.m., or 5:00–5:45 p.m.

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



This class will meet virtually fall 2021

Open to students in grades 9-12. Musically experienced and highly motivated and younger students welcome with instructor permission.

Dr. Fred Sienkiewicz, instructor

Recognizing musical sounds by ear and accurately reading and singing from written music are fundamental skills needed by all musicians. Musicianship students deepen their understanding of the essential nature of pitch and rhythm, learn strategies for quickly and efficiently identifying intervals, chords, harmonies, meters, and rhythms, and hone these skills through identification, performance, and improvisation. Emphasis is placed on using these practice strategies to develop good rhythm, intonation, phrasing, and musical expression on the student’s primary instrument. Interactive classes, personal coaching, and assignments over Zoom allow for personalized curriculum to fit each student’s growth and progress. Come cultivate your powerful musical ear!

Class is conducted remotely, using Zoom and Cleanfeed, and students from outside greater Nashville are welcome! Course will include out-of-class instructional videos, practice assignments, performance recordings, interactive ear training software, and interactive weekly class meetings (video and audio on). Students will need to participate on headphones (to allow high audio quality), in a quiet space, on a desktop or laptop computer. Wired ethernet connection (not wifi) and low-latency broadband internet connection recommended.

Level I: Thursdays, 6:10–7:10 p.m. 14 class sessions starting August 19.