Music Theory & Composition

Music Composition

Music Theory & Composition Classes

Monday-Saturday| 30, 45, or 60 minute classes per week
Tuition Rates

All musicians, regardless of age, experience, or goals, encounter theory throughout their musical studies. The RSC Theory curriculum is designed to offer multiple points of entry and a great degree of freedom in the approach to its subject matter.

Learn what is beyond the “notes on paper” and how to use this knowledge in your music-making. Core areas of study include notation, ear training, dictation, solfège, rhythm, harmony, form, and analysis.

Classes are added based on student interest and scheduling.
Contact Theory Chair Dan Loschen for more information:

Dan Loschen,

Fundamentals I
Date/Time TBD
Recommended for years 1 and 2 of instrumental or vocal study

This introduction to music-making offers a thorough exposure to and review of the basics: reading in treble and bass clefs, basic rhythmic notation and divisions, intervallic ear training and the rudiments of dictation.

Fundamentals II
Monday, 3:00-3:30 pm (Dan Shaud)
Monday, 5:15-6:00 pm (Lindsey Robb)
Thursday, 3:45-4:30 pm (Lindsey Robb)
Recommended for years 3 and 4 of instrumental or vocal study

This expanded course will include the alto and tenor clef reading; expanded reading in the treble and bass clefs, fixed Do elementary solfège, major and minor scales, circle of fifths, triad construction, elementary cadential movement, expanded rhythmic patterns, and melodic dictation.

Ear Training I
TBD Date/Time
Recommended for years 2 and above of instrumental or vocal study.
This course may be taken at the same time with or after Fundamentals I or II.

This introduction to ear training represents an expansion of the skills gained in intervallic ear training and melodic dictation in the Fundamentals series. Topics covered include: treble clef solfège in fixed Do, stepwise tonal dictation, triad and scale recognition, and notation; basic two-voice harmonic cadential movement.

Ear Training II
Tuesday, 4:30-5:15 (Ana Popa)
Recommended for years 3 and above of instrumental or vocal study.

This course is designed for those with strong music fundamentals who wish to expand their abilities to modal and atonal solfège and dictation, two-clef solfège and dictation, 3- and 4-part singing, and movable Do.

Form & Analysis I
TBD Date/Time
Recommended for years 4 and above of instrumental or vocal study.
This course should be taken only after Fundamentals II.

Musical forms and analysis are the areas of study that move away from details and begin to take a look at how music is put together. This introductory course will discuss basic harmonic progressions in major and minor keys using Roman numerals, recognizing and harmonizing melodic patterns, creating and recognizing melodic structures, introduction to binary and ternary forms, and modulation. Study of student’s current repertoire will be included whenever possible.

Form & Analysis II
Friday, 5:15-6:00 pm (Ana Popa)
This course should be taken only after Form & Analysis I

Form and Analysis II refines the skills gained in Form and Analysis I and applies them to the music that is currently in the students’ repertoire. Besides analysis of one’s own music, students will also learn ii, iii, vi, vii chord functions, expanded harmonic progressions grammar and the harmonization of a Bach chorale.

Advanced Form & Analysis
Contact Lindsey Robb for information on more advanced classes

AP Music Theory Prep

Recommended for those who intend to take the AP Music Theory test as well as those wishing to complete a comprehensive review of all material presented in RSC’s Theory Department curriculum.

Recommended for all instrumentalists and vocalists who need a tutorial in keyboard playing.

This course can be taken at the same time with or following Fundamentals I.

This specially designed piano course for those who do not play a keyboard instrument will familiarize students with the topography of the instrument, introduce the playing of scales, arpeggios and chords, chord progressions, and simple two part/two hands reading and playing.

Recommended for those who need a quick brush-up on a particular aspect of music theory; for those who prefer to set their own learning pace; or for those encountering a particular challenge in their rhythm, ear training, reading or analysis understanding. This course can be taken anytime.
Composition Classes
This is offered as a private lesson or group class to interested students who have studied Theory or an equivalent course. Students explore various 20th-century techniques with a firm background in traditional musical forms.