Music Theory Classes
There are six levels of Music Theory, all for students aged 10 to 18
Length - one semester
Class Size - 5 (min.) to 16 (max.)
FAYM offers an AP Music Theory Class, officially audited by The College Board
For students aged 13 to 18
Length - one year (two years minimum to fulfill required credit hours)
Class Size - 5 (min.) to 16 (max.)
The AP Music Theory Class is the only FAYM class to meet TWICE a week.
Music Theory Testup and Audition Requirements
All RETURNING theory students have to pass their semester exam in order to move up a level the next semester. Students who did not pass their semester exam can choose to take the theory placement quiz at the start of the new semester, if they have been working on their difficulties and would like a second chance to move up a level. Click HERE to go to the theory testing signup page.
Email [email protected] if you did not find out your grade from your semester exam.
Music Theory Prerequisites
Ages - 13 to 18 for AP Music Theory
Students should have a basic knowledge of music notation, and at least one year of instruction on an instrument to enroll in any theory class.
Students do NOT need to be enrolled in a band, chorus, or orchestra class to enroll in music theory. Students who take private lessons on any instrument, or participate in another music group, are welcome to enroll. Students in ensembles (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) are strongly encouraged to take theory classes in order to assist in playing with increased knowledge and further develop their musicianship.
At the completion of the semester, students must pass the final semester test in order to progress to the next level. If the test is not passed, the student may repeat the current level of theory for as many semesters as needed until they can pass the final semester test.
Music Theory Class Descriptions
Music Theory 2 -
Topics include, but are not limited to: reading notes in treble and
bass clefs, keyboard geography (white and black keys), simple meters, and
basic rhythmic values up to 8th notes; half and whole steps, ear training that corresponds to
all above topics, simple dictation.
Music Theory 3 - Topics include, but are not limited to: review of notes in treble and bass clefs, ledger lines, more simple meters, 8th rests, dotted quarters, sixteenth notes and combinations, half and whole steps, major scales and solfege; ear training that corresponds to all above topics, including dictation.
Music Theory 4 - Topics include, but are not limited to: the circle of 5ths, intervals (M, m, P), triads (M, m), key signatures, order of sharps and flats, harmonic minor scales; ear training that corresponds to all above topics, including melodic and rhythmic dictation.
Music Theory 5 - Topics include, but are not limited to: minor scales (3 forms), relative and parallel key relationships, intervals (Aug, dim), triads (Aug, dim), 7th chords (dom7, Maj7, min7, dim7, 1/2 dim7); ear training that corresponds to all above topics, including melodic and rhythmic dictation.
Music Theory 6 - Topics include, but are not limited to: modes, simple/compound meters, assymetrical meters, figured bass, primary/secondary triads of a scale, cadences and chord progressions, form and analysis; ear training that corresponds to all above topics, including melodic and rhythmic dictation.
Homework: completion of weekly assignments, online and with handouts, plus possible SmartMusic assignments (depending on level).
Required Book: Explorations in Music Theory, $9, to be handed out in class.
Other materials required: Pencil, 3 ring binder or pocket folder for handouts
AP Music Theory
The FAYM AP Music Theory Class is an officially audited AP class, approved by the College Board. Students should take the course at least two years in order to fulfill enough credit hours to include the class on their transcript.
An intermediate- to advanced-level music theory and ear training course. Students do NOT need to be enrolled in another FAYM class to enroll in AP music theory. Students who take private lessons on any instrument, or participate in another music group, are welcome to enroll. Topics include a brief review of pitches in all clefs; major, minor, pentatonic, chromatic, and whole tone scales; church modes; key signatures; ear training; intervals; chords (triads, 7ths, Augmented 6ths, all with inversions); solfege; transposition; all note values and time signatures; scale degree names; 1st species counterpoint; 4 part harmony; score analysis; cadences; nonharmonic tones; modulations; and voice leading.
Homework: completion of weekly assignments, online and with handouts, some independent study, plus SmartMusic assignments.
Required Book: Barron's AP Music Theory, $28; Explorations in Music Theory, Book 7, $10
Materials required: Pencil, 3 ring binder for handouts; a SmartMusic subscription is strongly encouraged for this class.