Available to: all students

Schedule: one semester

Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline.

Additional Special Notes: This course is offered in alternate years, and is available in 2024-2025. It will not be available in 2025-2026

Students learn foundational principles of music theory, including notes, rhythms, intervals, chord construction, and harmonic progressions, in order to successfully function as skilled musicians in today’s society. Concurrent enrollment in a music ensemble is encouraged to enable students to observe practical applications of the theoretical course content. Basic arranging and analytical techniques are also explored related to traditional, classical, and popular music styles required for evaluating and analyzing music in preparation for rehearsals, presentations, seminars, or composing/arranging music for a variety of settings. This course will prepare students for the AP Music Theory course offered in alternate years.