Musicianship Classes

A solid foundation in musicianship and music theory helps students of all levels build and improve their music literacy and ability to think more analytically and creatively about their own playing. Students enjoy group games and activities while learning the musical concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. These classes provide a great supplement to individual lessons or can refresh skills from previous study.

Advanced music theory classes are excellent preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory exam. NMS also offers theory classes specifically geared toward preparing for the theory component of the National Music Certificate Program. Class placement will be confirmed by Music Theory & Diploma/Certificate Program Coordinator Jody Rowitsch, 203-624-5189 x 36 or

Musicianship Classes 

NEW! Music Theory for Adults

Ages 18 and up. This class is designed to work on general musical literacy and "appreciation" of the piece of the week.

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NEW! Music Theory I: Musical Brain Games

Ages 8 and up. Understand the language of music. Everyone will benefit from these fun interactive music theory classes. Take your musicianship to the next level by improving your understanding of how music works, developing your ability to hear music and improving your music literacy. For all instrumentalists and vocalists.

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Music Theory II

Ages 8 and up. For those with a rudimentary understanding and some playing experience. Class continues improving fundamentals, plus minor scales and key signatures, intervals, triads and inversions. Some form and harmonic analysis included and continued development of aural skills.

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Music Theory - AP Prep

Ages 14 - 18. For students with advanced knowledge. Review and practice taking the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam.

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Discounts: Students taking individual music lessons get a 50 percent discount off musicianship classes. Appreciation and diploma classes are not eligible for the discount. (Please note: The discount will not be applied automatically, but will be applied after your online registration is complete.)

Tentative Offerings

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Note Reading and Sight Singing - Tentative

Ages 13 - adult. This course is designed to teach adults with little or no experience how to sight-read music. Sessions start with work on rhythm and notation, and move on to identifying intervals and patterns. Practice in harmony and musical vocabulary will give the adult singer the ability to read and sing new material with confidence.

Music Theory - Tentative

Ages 13 and up. Class covers notation, scales, key signatures and rhythm drills and begins to develop aural skills with dictation of rhythm, pitch and interval training.

Putting Music Theory into Practice - Tentative

Ages 14 - 18. This a course that emphasizes the application of theory concepts, together with perspectives derived from multiple sources, to the analysis of music from various genres. Analysis, as a particular mode of "experiencing" music, is a way of invigorating theory study so that it aligns with the way one actually hears music. Listening with score in hand (when available) is therefore a central activity for every class, and it determines the suitability of various theoretical systems one may use rather than forcing the music to fit a construct for its own sake.

Music Theory III - Tentative

Ages 8 and up. For experienced students looking to deepen their musical understanding and skills. We continue improving intermediate fundamentals, begin four-part writing, borrowed and augmented chords, modes, form and harmonic analysis. Continued development of aural skills.