Music Theory

Canal Winchester High School offers Beginning and Advanced Music Theory/Song Writing Classes open to all students. The department is committed to creating excellence in Music Education using the Academic Content Standards laid down by the Ohio Department of EducationWhile not officially an Advanced Placement Class, most of the course concepts and assignments are taken from the AP Music Theory curriculum.  

Compositions will range from a few measures to 36 or more measures.  The course grade is a composite of the student’s  ability to follow the assignments’ goals and their grade for assigned on-line homework.  Each composition and on-line assignment maybe resubmitted as many times as necessary to achieve mastery of the concept.  The recorded grade will be changed to reflect the mastery.

By the end of Beginning Music Theory/Song Writing Class, students are expected to become proficient at using all major key signatures and scales, all popular meter signatures, treble and bass clefs and classic progression. The class will create melodies using harmonic and non-harmonic tones and will be able to choose the appropriate chords to accompany their compositions. 

By the end of Advanced Music Theory/Song Writing Class, students are expected to become proficient at using all minor key signatures and scales, non-popular meter signatures, secondary dominants, non-diatonic progressions and extended harmonies.  The class will create melodies using harmonic and non-harmonic tones and will be able to choose the appropriate chords to accompany their compositions. 

Music Theory students may use the department MIDI lab, their personal devices and the school owned Chrome Books throughout the course.  With developments in software, it’s impossible to list all the programs available to our students.  The class is encouraged to search out new programs and bring them to the class’ attention.  Primarily, software will fall into four categories: 

1) Notation, ie. Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, Muse Score, Flat. 

2) Sequence/Loop, ie. GarageBand, FL Studio, Cube Base, Audio Tool. 

3) Accompaniment, ie. Band In A Box, ImproVisor.  

4) Recording, ie. Pro Tools, Audacity. 

 It is vital that all Notation software be able to export and print the composition.  All software must be able to import and export MIDI files. 

Finale        Sibelius        Band In A Box                Audacity

GarageBand      FL Studio             Chrome App Store

The online resources, www.musictheory.net and www.learnmusictheory.net will be used to re-enforce the classroom lessons and as graded homework assignments.   

For Classroom review: Click Here and Here

For Homework Assignments:  Click Here

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