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Music Theory
"I really LOVED the way my instructor taught. He made it so that each lesson would connect to another. So, because of that, everything just kinda clicked for me. However, as far as what I learned, I LOVED analyzing the different pieces/songs that my instructor chose. It truly allowed me to zero in on the chords being played so that I could figure out what progressions were being used. After taking this course, I would like to remember everything I learned. I feel as though everything my instructor taught is quite crucial for any genre of music, so I think that it would be nice to remember everything I learned, as I can apply it wherever I go (whether it be a career or just everyday life). "
- Advanced Theory Topics student

Pop Songs Demystified. B, I. Paul Ester, instructor.
Open your ears and your eyes to what's going on beyond the melody of your favorite songs. What makes it all sound so good? We'll explore the secret chord progressions at the foundation of all pop songs. You'll enjoy listening to your favorite songs in a brand new way. Basic Music Theory. B. Paul Ester, instructor.
Note reading, scales, intervals, rhythms, and more!

Advanced Theory Topics. A, I. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
This course will be adaptive to student interests. Possible topics may include the circle of fifths, advanced scales/modes, advanced harmony (mixture, applied dominants), counterpoint, etc.

Intro to Counterpoint and Composition. I, A. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
Have you ever wanted to compose but had no idea where to start? Then this course is for you! We will find entries into composition by learning and applying some basic "rules" of counterpoint, and we will find examples of counterpoint in action in music ranging from Baroque to Pop.

Pop Music Made Practical. I, A. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
This course is all about chord progressions! We will learn common pop chord progressions, how to convincingly play them on the piano, how to pick out chord progressions from listening to songs, and how to read a chord/lyric sheet.

Digital Music Making: Notation and Creation. B, I, A. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
An introduction to music recording software (GarageBand, LMMS) and the basics of digital music notation (NoteFlight, Finale). This course will not require any software purchases, as we will rely heavily on free software.

Why Music Sounds Like Music: An Intro To Musical Perception B, I, A. Paul Ester, instructor.
How is it that we hear notes, and can we tell one note from another? Why do some things sound like beautiful harmonies, while other things sound like raucous noise? In this class, we will explore questions like these by looking into the scientific fundamentals of musical sound. We'll learn about the physics of how notes are made, the psychoacoustics of how our ears (and brains) recognize those notes, and how sounds we typically think of as "musical" are scientifically different from other sounds.
Music theory is the language that unlocks the secrets of organized sound. Learning theory will give you the same magical feeling that you had as a kid when the lines and curves on the pages of your book suddenly started to make sense!
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