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Theory Classes

Often private teachers are frustrated because they are not able to cover the concepts and fundamentals needed for a complete musical education in their 1-on-1 sessions. Understanding this challenge, Century Fine Arts offers supplementary theory classes on Saturdays and Sundays. These classes are already included in the monthly tuition. Regardless of their instruments, students get the opportunity to strengthen their sight reading and musical skills. At Century Fine Arts, we believe in providing our students with a well-rounded and comprehensive music education.  

Theory Curriculum Century Fine Arts

January-May 2019

Theory Dates: (15 weeks of classes- please mark your calendars)

Sunday afternoons 2pm-2:50pm

January: 13, 20, 27

February: 3, 10, 17, 24 (February 2nd Saturday-TMTA exam, February 10th Performers Contest)

March: 3, 24, 31

April: 7, 14, 28 (28th-exam day internal at CFA)

May: 19, 26th  (Spring Recital May 4th and 5th)

Theory 1a:

January 13, 20 and 27th

  • • Mock exams in preparation for the TMTA February 2nd spring exam:
  • • Sample tests from 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • • Ear Training for levels (1-2)
  • • Dictation for levels (1-2)

  • February 3rd

    • • Vocabulary review p. 48-49 Theory Time (TT) Grade 2
    • • Ear Training – Contour of line- Up/down p. 43 TT Grade 2
    • • Intervals- interval identification on staff as well as by ear- p. 46 TT Grade 2
    • • Composer of the Day- JS Bach- brief Biography and music sample

  • February 10th   (Valentine’s Day Theory Games and worksheets)

    • • Eye Training p 51 TT Grade 2
    • • Whole Step/Half Step ear training p 52 and 53 TT grade 2
    • • Valentines Worksheet Susan Paradis site
    • • Composer of the Day WA Mozart- brief Biography and music sample

  • February 17th

    • • Lines and Spaces on the board- spelling words
    • • Dotted quarter note rhythm followed by eighth note
    • • Rhythm tree sheet to be filled out
    • • Time Signature placement vs. key signature placement
    • • Sharps and Flats explanation
    • • Composer of the Day Beethoven brief biography as well music sample

  • February 24th

    • • Quarter/eighths/sixteenths/all different combinations-rhythms on board and created on worksheets by students
    • • Intervals 3rds/4th/5th
    • • Sight Singing- Do re mi- Kodaly hand symbols
    • • Composer of the day GF Handel- brief Biography and music sample

  • March 3rd

    • • REVIEW /mid semester sheets-

  • March 24

    • • Vocabulary drills TT grade 3 p. 60-61
    • • Ear training of Major and minor triads
    • • What is a triad??
    • • Eye training TT grade 3 p. 62
    • • Major Scale Patterns- wwhwwwh apply to C major and G major
    • • Composer of the day F. Mendelssohn brief biography and music sample

  • March 31

    • • Major scale pattern review- apply to F, D, A and E and Bb- review flats and sharps
    • • Ear Training TT p 53
    • • Worksheets TT grade 3 p 55- 57
    • • Composer of the Day – Gabriel Fauré brief biography and music sample

  • April 7th

    • • Note drills- timed: TT grade 4 p. 11
    • • Review of note beams/stems and placement on grand staff TT grade 4 p 13
    • • Time signature 4/2 6/2 2/2 and 6/4/ 5/4 3/4 examples of how they sound
    • • Intervals in a major scale- and their modifications to minor/aug/diminished
    • • Composer of the Day Clara Schumann Brief Biography and music sample

  • April 14th

    • • REVIEW for internal CFA Exam

  • April 28th

    • • CFA internal Theory Exam

  • May 19th

    • • THEORY FUN-

  • May 26th

    • • THEORY FUN-

Theory 1b:

January 13, 20 and 27th

  • • Mock exams in preparation for the TMTA February 2nd spring exam:
  • • Sample tests from 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • • Ear Training for levels (2-4)
  • • Dictation for levels (2-4)

February 3rd

  • • Lines and Spaces on the board- spelling words
  • • Dotted quarter note rhythm followed by eighth note
  • • Rhythm tree sheet to be filled out
  • • Time Signature placement vs. key signature placement
  • • Sharps and Flats explanation
  • • Composer of the Day- JS Bach- brief Biography and music sample

February 10th   (Valentine’s Day Theory Games and worksheets)

  • • Quarter/eighths/sixteenths/all different combinations-rhythms on board and created on worksheets by students
  • • Intervals 3rds/4th/5th
  • • Sight Singing- Do re mi- Kodaly hand symbols
  • • Valentines Worksheet Susan Paradis site
  • • Composer of the Day WA Mozart- brief Biography and music sample

February 17th

  • • Vocabulary drills TT grade 3 p. 60-61
  • • Ear training of Major and minor triads
  • • What is a triad??
  • • Eye training TT grade 3 p. 62
  • • Major Scale Patterns- wwhwwwh apply to C major and G major
  • • Composer of the Day Lw Beethoven brief Biography and music sample

February 24th

  • • Major scale pattern review- apply to F, D, A and E and Bb- review flats and sharps
  • • Ear Training TT p 53
  • • Worksheets TT grade 3 p 55- 57
  • • Composer of the day GF Handel- brief Biography and music sample

March 3rd

  • • REVIEW /mid semester sheets-

March 24

  • • Note drills- timed: TT grade 4 p. 11
  • • Review of note beams/stems and placement on grand staff TT grade 4 p 13
  • • Time signature 4/2 6/2 2/2 and 6/4/ 5/4 3/4 examples of how they sound
  • • Intervals in a major scale- and their modifications to minor/aug/diminished
  • • Composer of the day F. Mendelssohn brief biography and music sample

March 31

  • • Circle of Fifths Introduction
  • • Sharps only
  • • TT grade 4 p 38-39
  • • Homework- to be given by teacher on circle of fifths sharps only
  • • Composer of the Day – Gabriel Fauré brief biography and music sample

April 7th

  • • Circle of fifths
  • • Flats only
  • • Grade 4 p 38-39- 40 41
  • • Review of Sharps
  • • Vocabulary tempos and examples. TT grade 4 p 50
  • • Composer of the Day Clara Schumann Brief Biography and music sample

April 14th

  • • REVIEW for internal CFA Exam

April 28th

  • • CFA internal Theory Exam

May 19th

  • • THEORY FUN-

May 26th

  • • THEORY FUN-

     

    Advanced Theory:

    January 13, 20 and 27th

    • • Mock exams in preparation for the TMTA February 2nd spring exam:
    • • Sample tests from 2015, 2007, and 2015
    • • Ear Training for levels (4-7)
    • • Dictation for levels (4-7)

    February 3rd

    • • Note drills- timed: TT grade 4 p. 11
    • • Review of note beams/stems and placement on grand staff TT grade 4 p 13
    • • Time signature 4/2 6/2 2/2 and 6/4/ 5/4 3/4 examples of how they sound
    • • Intervals in a major scale- and their modifications to minor/aug/diminished
    • • Composer of the Day- JS Bach- brief Biography and music sample

    February 10th   (Valentine’s Day Theory Games and worksheets)

    • • Eye Training TT grade 4 p 55- 56
    • • Vocabulary review TT grade 4 p 60-61
    • • 6/4 vs. 6/8 time signature
    • • Rhythm drills with 6/4 and 6/8Valentines Worksheet Susan Paradis site
    • • Composer of the Day WA Mozart- brief Biography and music sample

    February 17th

    • • Sixteenth note combinations and rhythm drills- along with dotted eighth notes
    • • Major Scale patterns- wwhwwwh- apply to first 3 sharped scales and first 3 flatted scales
    • • Interval modifications of the major scale- diminished augmented minor
    • • Composer of the Day Beethoven brief biography as well music sample

    February 24th

    • • Melodic Dictation
    • • Rhythmic Dictation
    • • Major Scale- Tonic/Subdominant/Dominant TT grade 5 p 31-32
    • • Circle of Fifth review
    • • Composer of the day GF Handel- brief Biography and music sample

    March 3rd

    • • REVIEW /mid semester sheets-

    March 24

    • • Melodic and Rhythmic Dictation
    • • Composing 4 measures of music in C major
    • • TT grade 5 p 43 and 44
    • • Ear training of Major and minor triads
    • • Composer of the day F. Mendelssohn brief biography and music sample

    March 31

    • • TT vocab review- p 64- 65 TT grade 5
    • • Eye training review p 65 TT grade 5
    • • Enharmonic descriptions and explanation
    • • Tonic /subdominant/dominant chords- TT grade 6 p 35
    • • 6/8 3/8 9/8 rhythmic training
    • • Melodic and Rhythmic dictation
    • • Composer of the Day – Gabriel Fauré brief biography and music sample

    April 7th

    • • Timed key signature drills
    • • Grade 6 TT p 54
    • • Ear Training #1 TT grade p 55
    • • TT grade 6 p 57-60 review test
    • • Minor scales and relative majors
    • • Composer of the Day Clara Schumann Brief Biography and music sample

    April 14th

    • • REVIEW for internal CFA Exam

    April 28th

    • • CFA internal Theory Exam

    May 19th

    • • THEORY FUN-

    May 26th

    • • THEORY FUN-

       

      Primer Theory:

      Each class will focus on 4/5 aspects of musical development:

      1-Rhythmic exercises- done with sticks/shakers/scarves/movement/and on instrument or with singing

      2-Call and Response solfege exercises with Kodaly hand symbols

      3-Notes on staff notation/Rhythmic notation

      4-Aural recognition of major/minor/steps/skips and contour of musical line

      5-Composer/music listening/ and music recognition

      January 13

      • • Rhythms –quarter notes and half notes
      • • Do re mi fa sol- singing symbols and call and response
      • • Writing quarters and half notes
      • • Bach

      January 20

      • • Rhythms- quarter notes and half notes and dotted half notes and whole
      • • C D E notation
      • • Intervals- do mi sol-combination
      • • Mozart

      January 27

      • • Rhythms- quarters/eighths
      • • Fruit rhythms
      • • Rhythm tree
      • • C D E/C B A
      • • Sounds of Nature- where do we have music in our everyday lives?

      February 3rd

      • • Beethoven- Ode to Joy- learning the Solfege to this song
      • • Rhythm board game
      • • Ladybug note name game
      • • Vocabulary

      February 10th   (Valentine’s Day Theory Games and worksheets)

      • • Susan Paradis Valentines day primer sheets
      • • Wunderkeys- primer Valentines sheets

      February 17

      • • Rhythm Exercises
      • • Drum Patterns songs= call and response
      • • Major/minor tonal patterns
      • • Squirrel Tale
      • • Sounds of the animals

      February 24th

      • • Animal zoo song
      • • Hello song- call and response
      • • Colors of the rainbow
      • • Lines and spaces
      • • Treble clef

      March 3rd

      • • REVIEW /mid semester sheets-

      March 24

      • • Lines and Spaces- Treble and Bass clef
      • • Rainbow song
      • • The tree in the Wood song- rhythm reinforcement of quarters and eighths
      • • Snail’s pace poem

      March 31

      • • Dynamics discovery- listening
      • • Lines and Spaces
      • • Contour of phrasing- listening and seeing
      • • Major and Minor tonal patterns- examples of major and minor songs
      • • Composer of the Day – Gabriel Fauré brief biography and music sample

      April 7

      • • Grand Staff identification
      • • Measures/Time signature/lines and spaces/treble/bass/brace
      • • The old gray cat- movement and rhythm song
      • • Bean bag rock-
      • • Jingle bell patterns- call and response
      • • Music bars- and mallets- play do re mi fa so la ti do

      April 14th

      • • REVIEW for internal CFA Exam

      April 28th

      • • CFA internal Theory Exam

      May 19th

      • • THEORY FUN-

      May 26th

      • • THEORY FUN-
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