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Easy Music Theory for All Musicians

Wednesdays at 6 pm for 4 weeks starting April 5th. Each class is approximately 1 hour.


Course Description:
This course is designed to give students a musical foundation from which to build their music education. It is intended to supplement and support other avenues of learning such as private lessons and self-learning.  Ability to read music notation is not necessary for this class.

Week 1:
Major Scales - Why sharps are sharp and flats are flat
Tetrachords - Building blocks for scales
Minor Scales - The three common forms
Modes - Other scales commonly used or rare.
Key Signatures - How to build and recognize them
Circle of 5ths - Shortcuts around the circle

Week 2:
Intervals - The relationship between any two notes
Ear Training - Putting a name to a sound
Transposition - Changing key by the numbers

Week 3:
Chords - Their formulas and inversions
The Harmonic System - Names and Roman Numerals within a key
Characters of the Major Scale - Relationships to resolution
Chords by function - Why the dominant 7th resolves to tonic

Week 4:
Songs to grow on - More ear training and harmonizing
Arranging - Putting it all together for any ensemble

"Theory doesn’t tell you what to play — theory tells you what you are playing.” Preston Bailey, Instructor (AKA Mr. Conductor Dude)


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: this class will be useful for both intermediate musicians. Beginning and advanced musicians may find this helpful as well.
Requirements: Ages 12+
Instructor: Preston Bailey
Instructor Bio: Preston Bailey is a multi-instrumentalist and retired music educator who was nationally recognized for his work in restoring music education in the Petaluma City School District. He served 8 years at the elementary level then transferred to Petaluma Junior High School where he served for 15 years as the Band and Choir Director. Preston authored the book Keyboard Scale Fingering published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.