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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

Sheet music

How Music Works

Spring: February 6-April 2
Fall: September 26-November 14
Days & Times: Thursdays 11 am-1 pm

This class is designed for theory beginners - those with reading experience in one clef only, pianists and singers with minimal theory background, guitarists who read only tab, as well as those who want to brush up on the basics.

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Putting Together the Puzzle of Musical Style

Spring: February 7-April 3
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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Music Theory for Performers

Spring: February 3-May 18
Fall: September 16-December 16
Mondays 4-5 pm

This course is designed for students 11 and up currently studying an instrument or voice, with at least two years of experience and note reading skills.

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Music Theory Skill Builders

Spring: April 3-24
Fall: October 4-25
Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 am

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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Kronos Quartet

Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Kronos Quartet

January 16-30
Thursdays 1:15-3:15 pm

Prepare yourself to hear Kronos Quartet in concert at the Hopkins Center.

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Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel Society & Glee Club

Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Britten’s War Requiem

May 7-28
Thursdays 1:15-3:15 pm

Prepare yourself to hear Britten's War Requiem in concert at the Hopkins Center.

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Theory and History Faculty