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.

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.

This class will encompass beginner music theory skills including key signatures, intervals, scales, rhythms, ear training, and more. It will also focus on basic music history and music appreciation including listening to music from different time periods and places around the world and discussing the piece's form, instruments of the orchestra, and composer background. The age range for this class is 4th-8th grade.