Fundamentals of Music Theory - July 2020

July 6th - July 30th, 8 classes, online

Monday and Thursday evenings, 7-8pm EDT

Ages - High School students; middle school with 3 years of private lessons

$110 ($95 for any additional family member)

Enrollment deadline: July 1, 2020.

This live, online course covers the fundamental concepts of music: note reading, rhythm, major and minor scales, interval identification, and an introduction to solfege, and triads. In particular, it will provide high school students enrolled in AP Music Theory for the 2020-21 school year with a stronger foundation in these areas, which will eventually become second nature. High school graduates matriculating into college music programs in August will find this good preparation for the music theory entrance exam. Classes will be recorded and made available to accomodate those who may miss a day or two due to summer travel; however, please be aware that the course content is cumulative (each session prepares for the next).

Every class will include interactive lectures, identifying concepts in popular music, classical music, and folk music styles, and group exercises to develop the musician's aural skills and rhythm. Worksheets and online resources will be provided, and encouraged, to reinforce concepts. Students should expect to sing, a key aspect of aural skills. By singing, we develop the ear to hear the relationship between different notes in pitch and rhythm. They will not be required to sing solo in front of the class.

I designed this class for instrumentalists and singers comfortable sight-reading music with 2 sharps/flats and eighth-note rhythms (at least 3 years of band/orchestra, or 2-3 years of private lessons). Singers without 3 years of piano should contact me before enrolling. Intermediate pianists may find this material elementary, but might enjoy a refresher. I plan to offer Fundamentals again in the fall, geared toward adult musicians.

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About the instructor:

Dr. Nicolas Lira holds a DMA in saxophone performance and a MM in music theory from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While serving as the music theory graduate teaching assistant, the Conservatory recognized his work with the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Graduate Teaching Award. His primary research has investigated Edvard Grieg's blending of Norwegian folk music elements with traditional the phrase structures, rhythm, and meter used in 19th century European classical music, as well as spectral elements in Jean-Claude Risset's music for saxophone and electronics. Dr. Lira maintains a studio of saxophone, clarinet, and piano students in the Raleigh metro area, where he also teaches clinics in local schools, and performs with local chamber music groups. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, as the Chair of Woodwind, Percussion, and Brass Teachers.