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Mastering the Fundamentals of Music

Open to: Grades 4 through 12, with the prerequisites
Prerequisites:
Qualifying verbal or math score, minimum 2 years individual instrumental instruction, and reading proficiency in at least one clef (treble, alto, or bass)
Challenge Level: High School Junior
Course Format: Session-based
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Length: 20 weeks (Fall & Winter); 12 weeks (Early Summer only); Instructor will arrange periodic Internet sight-singing sessions with each student, beginning with Unit 4.
Course Code: MUSF

Course Description

The Peabody Institute and CTY Online Programs Collaborate on Music Course

CTY has collaborated with the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute, world-renowned school of music and one of the nation's major sources of professionally trained musicians, to produce a course in music theory. Developed by Gavin Farrell of the Peabody Institute, the course is available three times a year – fall, spring, and summer.

picture of uncommon clefs - click to enlarge

 

Developed through a partnership with the Peabody Institute, this course is open to students with qualifying scores in either the verbal or quantitative section of the appropriate level test.

It is designed for students who have had no previous experience in music theory. Using a two-pronged approach, the course places equal emphasis on developing speed and fluency in written work as well as strengthening listening skills through ear-training and sight-singing. Sight-singing sessions will begin with Unit 3.

Topics covered include:  calligraphy, notation in three clefs (treble, bass and alto), rhythm, meter, scales (major and minor), key signatures, intervals and triads.

Prerequisites

Qualifying verbal or math score

and

minimum 2 years individual instrumental instruction

and

reading proficiency in at least one clef (treble, alto, or bass).

Materials Needed

Essentials of Music Theory: Complete
By Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Morton Manus

ISBN 10: 073906861X
ISBN 13: 9780739068618

FORMAT: CD

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International Student Notes:

Please purchase at least 4 weeks before start of course.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Alfred produces many items with very similar titles, for instance, a self-study that is a book with two audio CDs. Do not purchase anything with a different ISBN.

Additional Materials Needed

  • scanner
  • broadband
  • Internet connection
  • headset with microphone
  • Skype (see System Requirements tab)

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Time Required

  • 3 hours weekly for the 20-week sessions (Fall, Winter)
  • 5 hours weekly for the 12-week session (Early Summer)

 

Summer Schedule

Sample Early Summer Session: June 4 - August 26, 2018 (12 weeks)

WHERE TO
FIND IT

DUE DATE

WHAT IS DUE

 

Monday, June 4

Sign into the classroom and explore. Download materials from the course access page.

 

Thursday, June 7

View “What is Music” and complete and submit Assignment 1.

MUSF Lesson 1

Friday, June 8

Read “Alfred’s Essentials of Music” (hereafter, EMT) Theory Unit 1 (Alfred’s lessons 1 -5)
View “The Piano Keyboard” in our classroom
View “Octave Names” and “Clefs, Clefs and More Clefs” in our classroom
Complete and submit Unit 1 homework
Complete and submit Unit 1 quiz

MUSF Lesson 2

Friday, June 15

Read EMT Unit 2 (Alfred’s lessons 6 -17)
Complete and submit Unit 2 homework
Complete and submit Unit 2 quiz
Ear Training – An Introduction to Dictation
Complete and submit  Rhythmic Dictation Exercises
Complete and submit Unit 2 dictation
Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor

MUSF Lesson 3

Friday, June 22

Read EMT Unit 6 (Alfred’s lessons 22 -25) please skip Unit 5
View “Not So Basic Notation” in our classroom
Complete and submit Unit 3 homework
Complete Ear Training Practice
Sight singing via Skype (see appointment instructions for Skype sessions)
Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor
Complete and submit Unit 3 quiz

MUSF Lesson 4

Friday, June 29

Please factor the July 4th holiday into your planning,esp. if you are traveling

Read EMT Unit 7 (Alfred’s lesson 26)
Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment 1 Tetra Chords
Read EMT Unit 7 (Alfred’s lessons 27-32)
Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment 2 Major Scales
Complete Ear Training Practice
Complete and submit Unit 4 quiz
Read Introduction to Melodic Dictation
Complete Melodic Dictation Exercise
Submit Unit 4 dictation
Sight singing via Skype
Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor

MUSF Lesson 5

Friday, July 6

Read Alfred’s lessons 28 – 34 (lessons 28-32 are review)
Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment 1  Major Key Signatures
Complete and submit Unit 5 Assignment 2  The Circle of Fifths
Complete Ear Training Practice
Complete and submit Unit 5 quiz
Complete Unit 5 Melodic Dictation Exercise
Submit Unit 5 dictation
Read Alfred’s Unit 9 lessons 35 – 37
View Intervals
Sight singing via Skype
Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor

MUSF Lesson 6

Friday July 13

 

As this is a complex lesson plan to have some work done for Friday July 14 and the remainder complete by Tuesday,July 18

 

Break the work up so it is more manageable and don’t leave it all until the end of the week!

Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment 1 - draft (complete one question from each line and submit for instructor comment)
Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment 1 - complete assignment
View Internal Inversion
Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment 2  Internal Inversion

View Compound Intervals
Complete and submit Unit 6 Assignment 3  Compound Intervals

Complete and submit Unit 6 quiz
Complete Unit 6 Melodic Dictation Exercise
Submit Unit 6 dictation
Interactive Sight singing Presentation

Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor 
Instructor help will be available for difficult aspects of Unit 6

MUSF Lesson 7

Friday, July 20

Read EMT Units 9 and 10
View Rhythm and Meter 2
View Compound Meter
Complete and submit Unit 7 homework
Complete and submit Unit 7 quiz
Complete Rhythmic Dictation Exercises
Submit Unit 7 dictation

Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor

MUSF Lesson 8

Friday, July 27

 

 


Tuesday, July 31

 

Read EMT Lessons 57 and 58
View More with Minor Scales
View Minor Scales in Music
Complete and submit Unit 8 Assignment 1 Minor Scales
Complete and submit Unit 8 Assignment 2 The Minor Circle of 5ths

Complete and submit Unit 8 quiz
Complete Melodic Dictation Exercise
Submit Unit 8 dictation

Submit short Final Project Proposal (TBA) to instructor
Receive Instructor Comment and Approval
Revise assignments as necessary with assistance of instructor

MUSF Lesson 9

Friday, August 3

 

 

Tuesday, Aug 7

 

Read EMT Lessons 47 - 60
Complete and submit Unit 9 Assignment 1
Complete and submit Unit 9 Assignment 2

Complete and submit Unit 9 quiz
View Ear Training – Recognizing Triads by Ear
Ear Training Practice
View Sight Singing Interactive Presentation
Complete Dictation Exercise
Submit Unit 9 dictation

Begin work on Final Project

MUSF Lesson 10

Friday, August 10

Complete and submit Final Project.

Last Day of course for those working straight through without vacation.

Extra Week 1

Friday, August 17

Extra week #1 for those who take one week of vacation.

Extra Week 2

Friday, August 24

Extra week #1 for those who take two weeks of vacation.

All course work must be completed and submitted by this date – no work will be accepted after it.

 

 

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.