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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

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel Society & Glee Club

Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Britten’s War Requiem

October 2-23
Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Prepare yourself to hear Britten's War Requiem.

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Theory and Ear Training for Traditional Musicians

Level 2: Wednesdays 7-8:15 pm
Level 1: Thursdays 7-8:15 pm
Fall: September 16-November 5
Online via Zoom

Improve theory and ear training skills to build more enjoyment and creativity when playing music with others.

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painting of a quartet

Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Haydn

November 3-24
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Explore four works by Haydn, the composer singularly responsible for establishing the string quartet as an essential genre of classical music

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Music Theory Skill Builders

Fall: Dates TBA
Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

Students 16 and up will sharpen musical skills with four classes focusing on rhythm or pitch skills, and improve accuracy and/or fluency in reading musical notation.

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student violinists with conductor

Music Theory for Performers

Fall: September 21-January 4
Mondays 4-5 pm
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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Sheet music

How Music Works

Fall: October 1-November 19
Thursdays 11 am-1 pm
Online via Zoom
New start date!

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

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Theory and History Faculty