Music Courses: Music Theory

Music theory classes at Interlochen offer instruction in musicianship skills essential for the serious music student. The class objectives are to provide complete and thorough training in all basic musicianship skills; to offer advanced, college-level theory for the highly motivated student; and to stimulate and encourage exploration of the creative process through composition of concert art music ("classical").

Music Theory Requirements (for all music majors)

Music major seniors attending the Academy for one year must successfully complete one of the following one-year classes: Music Foundations or Theory and Musicianship or Advanced Theory and Musicianship (see below for class descriptions). Students are placed in one of the three classes based on the results of a music theory diagnostic exam given during orientation.

Music majors attending the Academy for multiple years must successfully complete Theory and Musicianship or Advanced Theory and Musicianship. Depending on their results on the music theory diagnostic exam (administered during orientation), students may be required to complete Music Foundations before moving on to Theory and Musicianship.

The music theory exam is a diagnostic tool used to assess the current knowledge of basic musicianship, rudimentary keyboard skills, sight singing and aural skills. For materials covered in this test, please see the course descriptions (below) for Theory and Musicianship and Advanced Theory and Musicianship. The exam includes both written and ear training components.

 

Music Foundations

This course is designed for the music major with little or no formal music theory training.  The student be introduced to basic written theory, sight-singing with solfeggio, auditory skills and basic piano skills.

Text/materials needed:
Melodia- A Course in Sight-Singing
3 ring binder
8.5 x 11 manuscript paper

Theory and Musicianship

This course is designed for the music major with music theory training that is equivalent to the IAA Music Foundations Course.  The student will substantially increase his/her knowledge of written theory, sight singing with solfeggio, aural skills and piano skills.  The course covers material that is on a par with a year and a half of the typical college-level music theory curriculum.

Text/materials needed:

  • Music for Ear Training
  • Music for Sight Singing
  • 3 ring binder
  • 8.5 x 11 manuscript paper

Advanced Theory and Musicianship

A comprehensive course in which harmony, analysis, counterpoint, ear training, sight-singing, keyboard skills, and some composition are studied concurrently from an historical perspective.

Text/materials needed:

  • Music for Ear Training
  • Music for Sight Singing
  • 3 ring binder
  • 8.5 x 11 manuscript paper

Faculty

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