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A Music Theory Class!

CRS Music Theory class is in full swing.  See below for the updated schedule of classes.  If you, or anyone you know, is interested in taking this class, contact Cory Pederson at crsmusicians@gmail.com for information on how to join!

 

This is a free course (textbook included...what a deal!)

 

This is going to be taught like a college level course, using the college textbook, "Tonal Harmony."

Vision:

 

  • CRS Music Theory Program (MTP) operates under CRS

  • Cory Pederson will be the MTP Director

  • CRS program will be open to all CRS members regardless of experience with music theory.  Participation is optional.

  • Program curriculum will align with first-year college music theory (Diatonic 1). 

 

Textbook:

  • A Music Theory Textbook ("Tonal Harmony) for each participant will be provided.

Proposed Schedule:

  • 12:00-12:10pm Break; People not participating in MTP will be packing up instruments and exiting the rehearsal space.

  • 12:10-12:25pm -- Cory Pederson will be conducting instrumental music theory exercises

  • 12:25-12:45pm -- Student volunteers (only if you want to volunteer to do this portion), will lead technical discussion based on the current week's reading.  Cory will provide feedback as needed.

  • 12:45-12:50pm Wrap-up

  • Everyone packs up instruments and exits by 1:00pm.

Schedule would run Fall, Spring and Summer; Approximately 8-10 sessions each cycle for a total of 24-30 sessions for the calendar year.

Current Winter Music Theory Program Schedule looks like this:

Each Music Theory class begins at 12:10pm 

September: 28th

October: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

November: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

Other:

  • Keep momentum and interest going...encourage one another to take part in this amazing opportunity of learning!

  • Participants can work in groups if desired on readings, exercises, etc.

  • We will need participant volunteers (you are not required to do this part, but step-up and help lead if you are interested) to lead the technical discussion each week. (No pressure...as this will simply be a discussion with the group on the week's readings and how we incorporated it into our instrumental exercises at the beginning of the class). 

  • Incoming CRS members (ex. mid-year) would be welcome to join. 

This is definitely an exciting time for musicians along the North Oregon Coast.  I do not believe there is another music theory class present in our area, so please consider taking part.  If you do not know anything about music theory, no worries, as this class will work for all levels.  Think about this: with understanding the rules of music theory, musicians will be able to learn, perform, sight-read, compose, and enjoy music better.  

Here are just a couple links that discuss the benefits of music theory for musicians:

https://www.libertyparkmusic.com/the-importance-of-music-theory/

https://www.libertyparkmusic.com/the-importance-of-music-theory/

http://arcadiaacademyofmusic.com/is-learning-music-theory-useful-for-musicians-composers-or-singers/

https://www.niagaraconservatory.com/blog/title/the-benefits-of-learning-music-theory/id/22/