Introduction to Music Theory and Composition

Introduction to Music Theory and Composition introduces the students to standard Western music notation, major and minor key harmony, melody writing, music composition, and music analysis. Students will compose music for short videos, analyze compositions, and hone their theory skills through written exercises and quizzes.

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Teacher K — Dean of the Berklee College of Music

  • Finnish-American composer, performer, and educator: He serves as the Dean of Professional Writing and Music Technology Division at Berklee College of Music
  • He is the professor of more than 20 college-level courses and is the author of the Berklee Contemporary Dictionary of Music.
  • His compositions have won numerous awards from such organizations as the Vienna State Opera, the International Trumpet Guild, the London Chamber Music Society, the Composer’s Guild, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He has also won the International Red Stick Composition Competition, the American Songwriting Awards Contest, the San Francisco Art Song Competition, and the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Contest.
  • His works have been performed at many important venues, including Carnegie and Tchaikovsky Hall by internationally acclaimed ensembles and performers, as well as by numerous rock, pop, and jazz groups.
  • He likes to play the cello, bass, guitar, piano and other instruments; he can teach many courses from music theory, AP music theory, to music production and research;
  • He graduated from Berklee College of Music

Class Intro

Introduction to Music Theory and Composition introduces the students to standard Western music notation, major and minor key harmony, melody writing, music composition, and music analysis. Students will compose music for short videos, analyze compositions, and hone their theory skills through written exercises and quizzes.

Outcome

After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:

  • Notate pitch and rhythm in the treble, bass, and percussion clefs
  • Identify and construct triads and 7th chords
  • Analyze and compose diatonic chord progressions in major and minor keys
  • Compose melodies in major and minor keys
  • Compose music in small forms combining melody and harmony
  • Create a 2-4 pieces portfolio of major and minor key compositions
Students

Grades 8-11, students who are interested in music, want to get started with music foundations, and have their own music collection in the future

Feedback

After each class, the teacher will send course feedback, including course topics, homework and student progress.

Schedule

8 classes total, 120 minutes each class

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