This course covers the foundational concepts of written music theory and ear training. Written theory material includes major and minor key signatures and scales, relative keys, major, minor, diminished, and augmented intervals and triads, as well as simple and compound time signatures and rhythmic patterns. Ear Training material includes solfege, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation.
Dr. Timothy Urban
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Music Theory and Ear Training Boot Camp is ideal for pre-college students (age 14 -17) and adults preparing for college-level theory and aural skills courses.
ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES FOR THIS CLASS?
As this class is intended for those who plan to continue their musical studies in college, students should have at least an intermediate level of proficiency on their instrument, knowledge of note names in at least one clef and the ability to recognize whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes.
WILL I PASS THE MASON GROSS MUSIC DEPARTMENT'S PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS IN MUSIC THEORY AND EAR TRAINING IF I TAKE THIS CLASS?
There is no guarantee; however, you will certainly be much better prepared for the music theory and ear training placement examinations if you take this course.
IS THIS CURRICULUM UNIQUE TO MASON GROSS? HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO REQUIREMENTS OF OTHER WELL-REGARDED MUSIC DEPARTMENTS?
All colleges and universities in the USA offering a Bachelor of Music degree have a core curriculum of music theory and aural skills. This class provides a solid foundation in both these areas. However, while there is general consistency in the content of all collegiate music theory programs, there is considerable variation in aural skills content between universities. The material covered and its presentation in this course may not be consistent with what and how the material is taught at other institutions.