Music Theory

Course Number: 643/644

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual and Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one year of the VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:
This course is a general introduction to the “mechanics” of music. It includes a basic overview of general musical principles such as key and time signatures, scales, basic chord structure, progressions, sight singing, notation and composition, and songwriting. Students will learn to enjoy music more fully by gaining an understanding of how music is constructed. Having gained this knowledge, the students will be prepared to compose music through melody, harmony, and chord progressions. An emphasis will be placed on ear training and listening to a variety of musical genres. Students who complete this course successfully will be qualified to take AP Music Theory the following year.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Tonal Harmony 7th Edition by Kotska and Payne ISBN-10: 0078025141

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes