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with Dr. Andrew Focks

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4:15pm - 5:30pm


This course is ideal for students that already have a solid knowledge and foundation in music theory basics, and are eager to take their skills to the next level. Students should already possess a comfortable ability with intervals, diatonic triads in major and minor keys, major and minor scales, chord function, seventh chords, basic music terminology, and an understanding of the four main periods of music history.

Cost: $295

Class Schedule (12 Weeks)

  • Sunday, Sept 19

  • Sunday, Sept 26

  • Sunday, Oct 3

  • Sunday, Oct 10

  • Sunday, Oct 24

  • Sunday, Oct 31

  • Sunday, Nov 7

  • Sunday, Nov 14

  • Sunday, Nov 21

  • Sunday, Dec 5

  • Sunday, Dec 12

  • Sunday, Dec 19

***Please note: there are no classes on Sunday, Nov 28***

Who Should Take This Course?

This is perfect for students that are curious about music, how it is built, wishing to learn music with even greater ease and depth, and willing to invest in developing their abilities to help shape their performances on their instrument. Students should be between the ages of 13 and 17. The class will meet once per week for 75 minutes.

Students who are interested in individual tutoring sessions in order to catch up for this class level should contact us at for details. 

Course Topics

  • cadence types

  • non-chord tones

  • neapolitan 6th chord

  • evolution of chord progressions

  • secondary dominants

  • augmented sixth chords

  • binary forms

  • periodic phrase structure

  • modulation techniques to closely related keys (pivot chord, common tone, etc.)

  • sonata form

  • other scales besides major and minor (pentatonic, octatonic, etc.)

  • mode mixture

  • introduction to improvisation

  • variations

  • composition of minuets and equatable level pieces

  • intermediate melodic and rhythmic dictations/playback

  • advanced music terminology (mit Ausdruck, lentement, cédez, calando, con sordino, etc.)

  • deeper dive into the important composers and music of western music

  • exploration of rhythmic development in more advanced time signatures


Music Theory for Young Musicians in the Style of Russian School of Piano Playing by Sophia Gorlin

Once class registration is complete, Dr. Focks will make recommendations according to each participant's skill level.

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