Music Theory I 

Includes all the basic building blocks that make up music. Students will study staff notation, key signatures, intervals, triads, 7th chords, ear training, and even conducting. Theory I sets the foundation for the rules and construction of Western- European music composition.

Available to: all DUSS musicians who are interested in learning, age 8 and up. There are two classes offered to accommodate orchestra schedules.  The 10:15 class is generally for ISO level students, and the 9:15 class is generally for CSO/YS level students.

Matt Stutzman, instructor

Saturdays, 9:15-10:55, or 10:15 - 11:05

Room 069

Fee: $75



Music Theory II 

Also called "Form and Analysis," this class's primary objective is to study major composers from the year 500 A.D. to present.  An in-depth look at composition teaches style, history of instrumentation, the development of Western-European music traditions, and a sense of where you (yes, you) belong in the spectrum of music.  The 10:15 class is generally for ISO level students, and the 9:15 class is generally for CSO/YS level students.

Pre-requisite:  Theory I, or permission from the instructor.

Matt Stutzman, instructor

Saturdays, 9:15 - 10:05, or 10:15-10:55

Room 069

Fee: $75


Theory Classes by week

Theory I:
1- What is music: Staff, music notation, accidentals, and major scales
2- Key Signatures: Circle of Fifths, order of sharps and flats
3- Minor Scales: The three forms of minor scales
4- Intervals: Major and perfect + ear training
5- Intervals: Minor, augmented, and diminished + ear training
6- Interval Inversions: Spelling intervals above and below
7- Triads: Spelling the root, third, and fifth
8- Review week
9- 7th chords: Root, third, fifth, and seventh
10- Figured bass: Staff notation and part writing
11- Conducting- 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 conducting patterns and score reading
12- Cadences: Tonic/ Dominant relationship
13- Ear Training: Chord progressions
14- Final Exam

Theory II:
1-Structural Phenomena in music
2- Structural Units
3- Structural Function
4- Middle Ages (500-1400)
5- Renaissance (1400-1600)
6- Baroque (1600-1700)
7- Classical (1700-1800)
8- Romantic (1800-1900)
9- Modern (1900-1950)
10- Post Modern (1950-present)
11- American Music
12- Modern Music Performance
13- Review Week
14- Final Exam