Conservatory Program - Course Descriptions

Learn more about each of our conservatory program classes.

This course is designed to make the student musically literate by examining the language of music and setting it in a historical context.  There is a strong emphases on speed, for that is the best way to ensure a complete understanding of the lesson, and with greater comprehension, the student will then advance faster in their private lessons.

Written Theory I:  Students will learn the Notes on a Staff, the different Clefs, Intervals, Time Signatures, Scales, Melodic Lines, Key Signatures, Chords and Inversions.  The lessons are then outlined on a historical time line, up until 1750.  Throughout the class there will be speed tests to evaluate the retention of the lessons.

Written Theory II:  Students must take 2 speed tests, one on intervals, and one on chords, which recapitulates written theory I.  They must pass at a 90% rate in order to continue into written theory II.  When that is over, they will learn 7th Chords, 4-part chorale analysis, Secondary Dominants, and Modulations to Closely Related Keys.  History lessons will parallel the class going from 1750 to 1820 and speed tests will be incorporated into the course as well.

Written Theory III: Students must analyze a Bach Chorales that incorporates lessons from Written Theory II.  They must pass at a 90% rate in order to continue into written theory III.  From there students will learn the different Church Modes, other Common Scales, the use of Chromaticism and more difficult Rhythm and Meter.  The history lesson that goes along this course will be from 1820 to 1900 and again speed tests will be taken throughout the semester

Written Theory IV: Students must analyze a complex piece of music that deals with Chromaticism as well as take a history exam of everything up until 1900 with a 90% in order to pass onto written theory IV.  If that is competed they will learn how to read an Orchestral Score, the world of Atonality, and other Extended Techniques.  They will then learn history from 1900 until the present time with speed tests throughout.

This course is designed to improve the ear of the student by testing their ability to sight-sing melodic lines as well as identify notes by ear.

Aural Theory I: Students will first learn how to sing stepwise motions from half steps to whole steps.  From there, they will learn the solfege notes and how to sing a Major and Minor Scale, as well as Chords.  For the ear-training portion, students must know how to differentiate between different scales, chords and intervals.

Aural Theory II: Students will have to perform a sight-singing and ear-training exam based around aural theory I in order to advance to aural theory II where they will deal with Modulations to Closely Related Keys.  They will also learn how to hear 7th Chords and Inversions

Aural Theory III: Students will have to perform a sight-singing and ear-training exam based around aural theory II in order to advance to aural theory III where they will deal with different Modes and Scales, as well as odd Meters.  They will also have to aurally distinguish those modes and scales along with recognizing foreign Key Modulations.

Aural Theory IV: Students will have to perform a sight-singing and ear-training exam based around aural theory III in order to advance to aural theory IV where they will deal with atonal music and other modern musical techniques.  They will then have to be exposed to popular music of the 20th century and what separates it from other genres.

This course is designed to develop the song writer in all of us.  With an emphasis on creativity, students will write their own songs using different styles and techniques.

Song Writing I: Students will learn what makes a melody good, how to harmonize, how to use non-chord tones, what is texture, and the form of a piece.  Throughout the course students will write a complete 12-bar blues progression with harmonies and a melody.  Every week they will have something new to write, ending the course with a full piano piece.  A comprehensive knowledge of music theory is required for this so Music Theory I is a prerequisite.

Song Writing II: Students will learn how to write for different instruments while using more extended forms of theory.  By the end they will have at least 2 complete pieces ranging from chamber music to large scale bands.

This course is for the beginner who is interested in guitar but not ready for individual lessons.  It will touch on the basics of the different parts of the guitar, how to hold it, how to strum (finger picking and picks), how to tune it, basic chords and scales.  It will also talk about the history of the guitar as well as other stringed lap instruments and introduce the student to different composers and pieces that showcase the guitar.

This course is for the beginner who is interested in percussion but not ready for individual lessons.  It will focus on the many different types of percussion instruments, where they originated, how to play them and where they are appropriate.  Rudiments and other fundamentals will be stressed as well as a historical and ethnic background of percussion.  Each week a different percussion piece that is relevant to the lesson will be played.

This course is designed to help singers enunciate and pronounce syllables according to the IPA (International Phonetics Alphabet) of each of the three different languages.  It will focus on English, German and Italian and encourages a deeper understanding of the meaning the singer is attempting to express. Classes Can Be Taken in Any Order:

English: Students will learn the English International Phonetics Alphabet, and prepare 2 songs.

German: Students will learn the German IPA, and prepare 2 songs.

Italian: Students will learn the Italian IPA, and prepare 2 songs.

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At Resonance School of Music, we encourage our students by inspiring them toward greatness. So that they can imagine their dreams and strive to conquer their goals with each new skill they acquire here.  Do you think you have the dedication to take your music to the next level? Come start your musical journey with us today!

We are conveniently located in Sewell, NJ close to Mantua, Mullica Hill, Pitman, Washington Township and West Deptford.