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Foundations of Music Theory


Summer 2024

Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 9, 2024


Student-Paced Course





This course is intended for students who are interested in understanding music at a deeper level, but who have limited or no formal experience in music theory. This course will introduce students to foundational concepts related to Western music theory: Pitch concepts (note letter names, scales, keys, intervals, and chords); Rhythm concepts (tempo, meter, rhythmic values); Timbre concepts (different instruments and sound sources); and Form concepts (musical structure and organization). Students will read, write, and analyze music from a variety of traditions.

Completion of this course requires regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with working microphone and webcam, as well as a reliable internet connection.

This Student-Paced course is a time-flexible course format that empowers students to complete rigorous and connected learning experiences while accommodating significant outside commitments, including travel, athletics, internships and camp. Students have full access to course materials and activities throughout the term. They work closely with teachers to set individualized weekly benchmarks to create accountability and build consistency. Students interact with teachers and peers via discussion threads, collaborative readings, video posts and other media. Students have the opportunity to meet live for orientation and introduction at start of term, progress check at midterm, and culminating presentations at end of term.


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Student-Paced Course