For students with little or no previous training in theory.  Practical understanding of intervals, scales, keys, chord structures, and rhythm using aural skills, sight-singing and listening as vehicles of instruction.  Students will be placed accordingly after completing a brief diagnostic evaluation.  

For students with some background in music theory, this course prepares them for college, introducing topics covered in the first year. Students identify and analyze scales, modes, keys, intervals and chords in musical literature, integrating melodic and harmonic function into study of musical forms. Exercises include solfège singing, dictation, and basic part-writing. Students will be placed accordingly after completing a brief diagnostic evaluation.

Students will be building a foundation of essential conducting and score study skills. The class will improve your ability to read the intentions behind a conductor's gestures and to be a better leader or follower in any musical group. Students will work on beat patterns, beat preparation and cueing, sustaining notes, musical phrasing, tempo and meter change, body language, how to use different parts of your arms, who to conduct, who leads and who follows, and using the eyes and face. Additionally, students will learn how to score study and to properly read a score. No baton required.

All skill levels welcome. Students develop core skills in writing melodies, harmonizing, phrasing and studying musical forms. For a final project, students create short compositions for piano or small ensemble that will be performed and recorded by class participants. All students will learn how to use MuseScore, a free musical notation software, and Audacity, a free audio recording/editing program.

(5 Weeks, 10/10-11/07 OR 11/14-12/19) This is a course in the art of improvisation, something people often refer to as Jazz. The course begins by defining what improvisation is, and what it is not as defined by great masters of Black American Music. It then defines in very simple terms what chords are, what chord progressions are and how to understand the grammar of scales and patterns. Everybody gets a chance to test these tools of improvisation with their voice as well as with their instrument in an environment ripe with musical exploration and free of all judgement. This course will be offered twice during the semester, sign up for the dates that work best in your schedule.

(5 Weeks, 10/10-11/07 OR 11/14-12/19) For students who are interested in pursuing a career in music, learn from DSO musicians and staff all that it takes to become a professional musician. This class provides lectures, demonstrations and open discussions on various topics such as audition preparation, efficient practice skills, self-care techniques, entrepreneurship, and more! This course will be offered twice during the semester, sign up for the dates that work best in your schedule. 

Students will be placed in small ensembles with other students at a similar level of playing. This course introduces students to chamber music repertoire, and to learn how to rehearse and perform in small ensembles.  Chamber Ensembles will be coached by DSO musicians and will rehearse on a weekly basis.