Anonymous asked: What are music theory classes like? What do you learn, and what songs or types of music do you study?
There are 5 levels of theory offered - 1, 2, 3, 4, and AP.
Theory 1) basic theory and aural skills, like key signatures, modes, interval identification, basic melodic dictation.
Theory 2) theory 1 but more in-depth: introduces the circle of fifths, moves on to more advanced melodic dictations and begins harmonic dictation, introduces more advanced types of theory like secondary functions and begins discussing the basics of part writing.
Theory 3) really focused on four part writing and chord types, and you get more into sight singing.
Theory 4) I had this class with Mr. Eicher, and he taught it more of in a jazzy/composition based way. I thought it was really fun, but if you’re looking for more classical theory, try and do extra well each year and score a seat in AP.
AP Theory) I never took this, personally, so I asked a friend what he remembers learning: “basically functional progressions and hierarchy of triads and 7th chords, part writing them, cadences and non chord tones, and some phrase structure. Theory II does more phrase structure, form, melodic organization/analysis, secondary dominants, secondary leading-tones (and part writing them), modulation, and altered chords.”
The classes themselves are run like any other classroom setting, you should always have a pencil, no food or drink (besides water bottles) in classrooms - especially near pianos!!!!!!!!!!!. You will have homework, and you should really try and practice your sight singing outside of class so you don’t totally suck in front of everyone.
I’m assuming you’re going into vocal because you asked about songs: the curriculum for voice has been covered in another post, so you can try and go back and find that, it goes into more detail.
Freshman - English art song/English folk songs
Sophomore - Italian arias/gospel
Junior - German art songs / French art songs
Senior - opera/broadway/senior performance
You study those types of music in your Vocal Technique classes. As for other types of music, you have a music history class each year. Freshman year is Antiquity through Baroque, sophomore year is Classical, junior year is Romantic, and senior year is 20th Century.