Foundations of Music

Instructors: Kyle Clayton and Akina Adderley
Description: This course is designed to teach students the language of music. Students will develop skills in music theory and ear training through a variety of written, aural, and hands-on exercises and assignments. Students will study notation, rhythm, pitch, melody, chords, scales, and other fundamentals. Students will also learn beginner piano, using it to contextualize the concepts we cover. This course will equip students to write their own music and help them become more effective, capable musicians, while giving music appreciators a deeper understanding of the music they enjoy. By the end of this course, students will be able to create and recognize a variety of rhythms, melodies, and chords (orally/aurally, on the piano, and through notation), accurately convey musical ideas, and read simple charts and sheet music. **This class is a prerequisite for both House Band and Advanced Composition and Music Theory.