Course Offerings

Music Academic Program

SCM Theory Class(2)The academic program consists of Core Academics (Theory, History and Ear Training), Electives (Creative Expression, Keyboard Harmony, Composition) and Performance Study (Audition Prep, Collegiate Prep and Piano Literature).

Music Theory
These courses cover the basic vocabulary necessary to understand and analyze music. Fundamentals from key signatures to basic four-part harmony are taught in the first year. Second year concentrates on part-writing and analysis skills as well as exploring forms. Third year begins the study of species and tonal counterpoint. Fourth year introduces chromatic harmony and 20th c. practices. Advanced seminars are available for study after the fourth year.

Outreach Concert StudentsEar Training 
These courses correspond directly with Music Theory topics. Students learn to identify musical ideas by listening: they practice taking rhythmic, melodic, and four-part dictation. Sight-reading and pitch sense are developed through singing. Students learn to use a moveable number system for sight-singing as well as the “fixed Do” system of Solfege.

Music History & Literature
The history courses offered help students develop a broad knowledge of music literature and historical styles that is crucial to effective performance. We use a chronological approach designed to study interrelationships between composers, styles, and surrounding cultures. All classes emphasize listening, and advanced seminars include some analysis. Classes for younger students focus upon in-class projects while older students take lecture-style courses. A comprehensive appreciation of, and familiarity with, music from all periods are fundamental goals.

Creative Expression: Dalcroze-Eurhythmics and ConductingOutreach Concert 3
Among the most popular and best loved classes at Seattle Conservatory, the Creative Expression class challenges students to explore and expand their unique creative potential, fostering creativity, physical flexibility, personal expression and risk-taking in young musicians. Consisting of three 10-week segments incorporating Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Creative Expression, and Conducting, the class helps students unlock and refine their expressive abilities.

Keyboard Harmony
Keyboard Harmony: Piano proficiency is a core competency for every serious music student. This class is a companion to all levels of music theory classes and teaches basic piano proficiency with an emphasis on chord formation and basic technique. No prior experience is required.

Collegiate Performance Preparation ClassKaren Gomyo Master Class
This course trains students to become well-rounded, confident musicians who are capable of performing under pressure, and are knowledgeable in self-presentation. It prepares students for collegiate music school and orchestra auditions, as well as local, national, and international competitions. Weekly performance classes give students the opportunity to play and also to be evaluated by the audience. Visiting guest artists regularly present master-classes. Community performances are scheduled throughout the year. High school seniors are given solo performance opportunities in preparation for auditions and support in collegiate audition tour management. Sophomores and juniors are assigned college research projects.

Orchestral Audition Preparation Class for Advanced Violinists
This weekly orchestral excerpt “boot camp” for advanced violin students is taught by former Seattle Symphony concertmaster Maria Larionoff. Standard orchestral repertoire and concertmaster solos will be studied in addition to regular “mock” auditions. Audition tips and techniques will be discussed and there will be a leadership workshop to cultivate the skills necessary to effectively lead a violin section. Sight reading practice will be included, as well as an intensive spiccato seminar.

angelflutePiano Literature 
This course surveys the wide and immensely varied repertoire for piano. Knowledge of this literature is of importance to all pianists. Students are encouraged to perform for the class to illustrate works that have been discussed. The course provides an opportunity for peers and participants to share observations and insights. Different segments of the repertoire are featured each year.

Music Composition 
Those who have passed through Year II Music Theory are encouraged to take this class. Examples of master composers in every genre from the 12th to 20th c. are studied. In addition to weekly assignments, students in the class are expected to give presentations throughout the year while continuing to work on their compositional projects.

Classes Begin September 16, 2017

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