Music Theory Summer Camp

After years of being asked if Middle C would please offer music theory classes, our own Mandy Brown is going to have our first ever! Mastering Music Theory Camp for children ages 10 to 16, and also adults! The camp will teach the basics of music theory that will allow your child to read better, to understand how music is constructed, how to play and communicate with other musicians, and how to write down those songs they have been composing.

MASTERING READING MUSIC: A THREE-LEVEL ONLINE SERIES

Session 1: August 3-6 Session 2: August 10-13 Session 3: August 17-20

SEASONSDATES
One:August 3-6
Two:August 10-13
Three:August 17-20

Classes run 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday and the cost is $130 per class.

Adult Classes:

  • Theory Level I: Mondays from 7:30pm-9:00pm in September (9/14, 9/21, & 9/28)
  • Theory Level II: Mondays from 7:30pm-9:00pm in October (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, & 10/26)
  • Theory Level III: Mondays from 7:30pm-9:00pm in November (11/2, 11/9, 11/16, & 11/23)

Learning to read music and understand it’s structure is similar to learning a new language. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming, especially if you are trying to focus on playing your instrument or singing at the same time! Why not take the time to just focus only on learning how to read what is on the page for a week? We all want to play or sing to the best of our abilities, and in order to do that, we want to feel absolutely confident when we pick up a new song to learn. By learning to read and understand this wonderful language, you gain the tools to become more self-sufficient and learn music at a much faster rate! So what are you waiting for? Let’s help you be the best musician you can be!

Mastering Reading Music: Level #1 – Intro to Reading Music

Are you just beginning an instrument or have only learned songs by ear? Feel unsure of what those funky music symbols mean on the page? Then this class is for you! In this class, you will receive a crash course in learning to read music so you can have the confidence to pick up music and know exactly what notes to play.

  • In this class you will learn about:
  • The Staff
  • The Clef Signs
  • Line & Space Names
  • Notation Whole, Half, and Quarter Notes
  • Measures & Simple Time Signatures
  • Note & Rest Values
  • Dotted Notes
  • Ledger Lines
  • Repeat Signs and 1st & 2nd Endings
  • Ties & Slurs
  • Accidentals: Flats, Sharps, & Naturals

Mastering Reading Music Online Class: Monday – Thursday from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Level #1 Session: August 3rd – August 6th Cost: $130 which includes the cost of the accompanying book (“Master Theory: Book 1” by Peters & Yoder) or $125 w/o the accompanying book

Mastering Reading Music: Level #2 – Intermediate “Staffer”

So you know your note names like a boss and understand basic rhythms and rests. Great! But what about the pesky key signatures? And what exactly makes a Major scale a Major scale? This class teaches you how to dive into music with more complex rhythms, time signatures, syncopation, and how key signatures work.

  • In this class, you will learn about:
  • Key signatures: Flat Keys & Sharp Keys
  • Sixteenth Notes & Rests
  • Dotted Eighth Notes
  • Alla Breve
  • Intervals Whole Steps & Half Steps
  • Tetrachords
  • Major Scales
  • Circle of Fifths
  • Compound Time Signatures
  • Syncopation

Mastering Reading Music Online Class: Monday – Thursday from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Level #2 Session: August 10th – August 13th Cost: $130 which includes the cost of the accompanying book (“Master Theory: Book 2” by Peters & Yoder) or $125 w/o the accompanying book

Mastering Reading Music: Level #3 – Advanced Theory & Intro to Harmony

Okay, so you definitely have some musical knowledge…but you really want to know about concepts for more advanced pieces and perhaps some concepts that will help you as a musician in an ensemble. What is solfege? What are simple harmonies and basic chord structures? There are patterns that conductors use??? They don’t just wave their hands wherever???

  • In this class, you will learn about:
  • Chromatic Scales
  • Enharmonic Tones
  • Musical Signs & Abbreviations
  • Minor Scales
  • Solfege Syllables
  • Transposition
  • Complex Time Signatures
  • Perfect, Major, Minor, Augmented, & Diminished Intervals
  • Two-Part Harmony
  • Major Chords (Triads)
  • Dominant Seventh Chords
  • Conducting Patterns
  • Mastering Reading Music Online Class: Monday – Thursday from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
  • Level #3 Session: August 17th – August 20th
  • Cost: $130 which includes the cost of the accompanying book (“Master Theory: Book 3” by Peters & Yoder) or $125 w/o the accompanying book

* If you enroll for all 3 sessions, you pay $350 instead of $390! That’s a $40 savings!