Music Theory Curriculum

General Objective: Music & Arts of Las Vegas’ Music Theory Class is a 22-week course designed to help students ultimately prepare for the LVMTA Musicianship Exams in April 2018. There are ten different levels according to the experience acquired by the student through music lessons, in which the Music & Arts of Las Vegas has created different classes to meet the needs of the students’ levels. All classes will be taught not only the core study of music theory but also the writing and the ear training portion of music theory in their appropriate levels. Music vocabulary and history will also be taught.
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Levels 1-3 Objectives:     Students in levels 1-3 will be able to:

  • Identify and draw the grand staff, rests, and the note names.
  • Identify harmonic and melodic intervals
  • Identify and draw key signatures
  • Identify and draw scales and chords in both treble and bass clefs.
  • Identify and draw time signatures and rhythm patterns.
  • Identify pitches, melodies, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, and dynamics through ear training.
  • Identify music symbols.
  • Define the definitions of musical vocabulary terms.

Levels 4-5 Objectives:

Students in levels 4-5 will be able to:

  • Identify notes and rests.
  • Identify and draw double sharps and double flats in notes. (level 6 only)
  • Identify and draw major, perfect, minor, augmented and diminished intervals in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Identify and draw major and minor key signatures in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Identify and draw chords in different keys with Roman numeral and letter.
  • Identify and draw natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales.
  • Identify time signatures through series of rhythm patterns.
  • Identify triplet notes and rests.
  • Draw the beats in measures with notes and rests
  • Add notes and rests (simple math computation)
  • Identify major, natural, harmonic and melodic minor scales through ear training.
  • Identify major, minor, and diminished triads through ear training.
  • Identify major and dominant 7th chords through ear training. (level 6 only)
  • Write down the melodic and harmonic dictation through ear training. (level 6 only)
  • Identify same and different rhythms through ear training.
  • Identify intervals up to an octave through ear training.
  • Correct the notations of sample phrases through ear training.
  • Define musical vocabulary terms.
  • Identify historic composers with their correct nationality and time period.
  • Define the different forms found in classical compositions.

Levels 6-10 Objectives:

Students in levels 6-10 will be able to:

    • Identify and draw the major, minor, perfect, augmented, and diminished intervals.
    • Identify and draw major and relative minor key signatures.
    • Identify and draw major and minor scales
    • Identify and draw major and minor triads and their inversions with Roman numeral and quality.
    • Identify the different cadences. (level 10 only)
    • Identify all note values and all time signatures.
    • Complete measures by adding notes, rests, and bar lines on any time signature.
    • Identify all major, minor (3 forms), chromatic, and whole tone scales through ear training.
    • Identify all major, minor, diminished, augmented, major 7th and dominant 7th chords in different inversions through ear training.
    • Identify all major, minor, and perfect intervals through ear training.
    • Complete rhythmic and melodic dictations in different time signatures through ear training.
    • Define musical vocabulary terms.
    • Identify historic composers with their correct nationality and time period.
    • Define the different forms found in classical compositions.
    • Identify the names of the degrees in a scale.