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Music Theory I and II

Length:  16 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: Kindergarten – 12th Grades
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How to Use This Course

Music Theory I 

Music Theory I, as presented on SchoolhouseTeachers.com by Michelle Martin, gives written instruction with activities for elementary and secondary grades. Each lesson gives instruction to further your student’s understanding of notes, tempo, rests, dynamics, and more. The student progresses through many of the basics necessary to be able to read and interpret music while being given examples to listen to in order to understand what is being taught. These lessons should be followed in sequential order as they build on the prior lessons. Upon successful completion of all 16 lessons, the student will earn one-half credit of a high school Music Theory I course. As always, please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements.

Music Theory II 

Music Theory II continues the instruction which began in Music Theory I. Each lesson gives instruction to help your student go deeper in reading notes and the notations that give such special meaning to the notes. The student progresses to melodic and harmonic intervals, meters, time signatures, key signatures, and more. These lessons should be followed in sequential order as they build on the prior lessons, and should follow Music Theory I. Upon successful completion of all 16 lessons, the student will earn one-half credit of a high school Music Theory II course. As always, please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to Music Theory. Whether you have been taking an instrument for many years or never even played one, this course will give you the skills to appreciate and understand the basic concepts of learning music. My goal with this curriculum is to not only teach students the basics of music theory, but to introduce a variety of classical music which illustrates the weekly concepts.

As a lifelong musician and twenty-year private piano and voice teacher, I know the process of learning music theory can be rather daunting. However, with this course I hope to prove that music theory can not only be enjoyable but inspirational. I believe understanding how to apply each concept is key in the learning process, therefore, each weekly lesson will be accompanied by activities to further your knowledge.

My hope is that this course will inspire you or your student to take an instrument, learn a different instrument, or simply discover a love for music you never knew existed. I look forward to sharing my love of music with you all and welcome feedback at mmartin3275@gmail.com.

Written instruction with listening assignments and other activities for primary and secondary grades.

Music Theory I

Week 1: Music is Everywhere
Week 2: Musical Alphabet
Week 3: Dynamics
Week 4: Tempo
Week 5: Notes and Duration
Week 6: Rests and Duration
Week 7: Patterns with Notes and Rests
Week 8: More Patterns with Notes and Rests
Week 9: The Music Staff
Week 10: Measures and Endings
Week 11: Treble Clef and the Treble Staff
Week 12: Bass Clef and the Bass Staff
Week 13: Meter and Time Signatures
Week 14: Legato and Staccato
Week 15: Slurs and Ties
Week 16: Accidentals

Music Theory II

Week 1: Elements of Music
Week 2: More Articulation Markings
Week 3: More Tempo Markings
Week 4: More Duration of Notes and Rests
Week 5: More Ties and Dotted Notes
Week 6: Half Steps and Whole Steps
Week 7: More Accidentals
Week 8: Ledger Lines
Week 9: The Major Scale
Week 10: More Song Endings
Week 11: Intervals in Music
Week 12: More Intervals in Music
Week 13: Melodic and Harmonic Intervals
Week 14: More Meters and Time Signatures
Week 15: The Circle of 5ths
Week 16: Key Signatures

Music Theory I: Upon successful completion of all 16 lessons, your child will earn the equivalent of 0.5 credits of a high school Music Theory I course.

Music Theory II: Upon successful completion of all 16 lessons, your child will earn the equivalent of 0.5 credits of a high school Music Theory II course.

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