This lesson introduces students to the rudiments of Western music through oral, aural, and written practice utilizing rhythm, melody, intervals, scales, chords, and musical notation. The approach is based upon the inclusive Kodály philosophy of music education. Individual skills are addressed through a variety of means, emphasizing singing and keyboard practice between lessons. Students, upon mastery of basics, will learn harmony and voice leading, chromatic harmony, and twentieth century skills.
Students also will receive help with the College Board Advanced Placement exam for music theory. Students with special interests will also be able to learn jazz theory, songwriting, and other theoretical sub-disciplines within music. The instructor for this lesson holds a Master of Arts degree in music theory and composition from the University of Iowa and is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in music composition from the University of Utah.