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Music Theory and History

What makes that musical moment so amazing? Why did Bach write so many cantatas?

Learn what makes the music move in a history or theory class. Students enrolled in a full 16-week term of individual lessons or Suzuki Program may register for theory classes at no cost.

Adults listen to a music history lecture
choral singers sing from their folios
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Upcoming Classes

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Music Theory for Piano Students

Wednesdays 3:30-4:15 pm
February 3-June 2
Online via Zoom

Use the Royal Academy curriculum to deepen theory knowledge for piano students.

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Black Dots Boot Camp

Tuesdays 7-8 pm
February 9 - April 27
Online via Zoom

Gain the skills to lift a basic tune off of the page and into your voice or instrument.

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Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra

Preparing to Hear Masterworks: The Symphony

April 9-May 14
Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Trace the evolution of the symphonic form from Haydn to 20th and 21st century composers.

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Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Haydn String Quartets

January 19-February 9
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Examine the evolution of four quartets by Haydn, master of the genre.

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Theory and Composition for Traditional Musicians

Spring: Feb 3-March 31
Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Students will compose tunes and discuss elements of music theory that relate to the compositions.

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Music Theory for Performers

Fall: September 21-January 4
Mondays 4-5 pm
Spring: February 1-May 10
Online via Zoom

Explore the principles underlying the interplay of the basic building blocks in a musical work.

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Putting Together the Puzzle of Musical Style

Spring: Dates TBA
Fridays 11 am - 1 pm

Using Bruce Adolf’s “Piano Puzzlers” as a starting point, students 16 and up will investigate how the elements of melody, rhythm, and harmony combine to create distinct compositional styles.

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How Music Works

Thursdays 11 am-1 pm
Spring: February 4-April 1
Fall: October 1-November 19
Online via Zoom

Unlock the mysteries of music in this introduction to music theory.

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Theory and History Faculty