Mark A. Wade, DMA
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Office Location & Hours
Zoom, 7:30-8:45 PM Eastern
Tuesdays - March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
This course is designed to teach applied music theory to mountain and hammered dulcimer players. In this class, we will learn the inner workings of music, deepen our understanding of the elements of music, notation, intervals, scales, meter, tonal harmony, diatonic chords, inversions. We will be using standard notation on a music staff in treble & bass clefs and relating concepts back to our dulcimers. You do not need to be a good sight-reader, and some may want a cheat sheet handy for reference. By using dulcimer-friendly keys for the applications, theory will be applicable and accessible. We will also encounter unfriendly keys for comprehension, but not for applications. Complete tuition for the 5 75-minute sessions is $125. Need to miss one? Not a problem. Mark will record them for you!
As we meet weekly, we will review past concepts, and build on them into the next area. There will be time for interactive questions and answers, as well as discussions and hands-on learning– all from the comfort of your home. Mark will provide handouts and other supplemental materials as needed. Assignments are optional but are a valuable tool to learn the material and practice new concepts. We may not get to all the topics above. Our goal is learning for mastery.
This is a 5-week class that meets once per week for 75 minutes. Your tuition holds your space for all 5 sessions. There is no penalty for missing a session, but no refund will be provided. Mark cannot guarantee a recording for missed classes but will make every attempt to do so.
Music Theory for Dummies by Pilhofer and Holly Day.
It may be handy to google "music staff" or "grand staff" and print a few pages of blank music staff.
We will be using Zoom. You will need to download the latest version of the Zoom software or app if you are using a tablet or iPad. If you are on a laptop or desktop, you can use Zoom without the app on your browser.
|1||Getting Started with Music Theory: Understanding note values, notation, time signatures, and more!||Checkpoints,
|2||Rests, Rhythmic notation, Time Signatures, Syncopation. Elements of Rhythm: Durational symbols, beat, tempo, meter, division of beat, simple time signatures, compound time signatures, grouplets, and beams.||Checkpoints,
|3||Pitch Notation, major and minor scales, Key Signatures, Circle of Fifths||Checkpoints,
|4||Intervals, Building Chords, Chord Types, Chord Progressions||Checkpoints,
|5||Diatonic Chords: Minor scales, diatonic triads in major and minor keys, diatonic seventh chords in major and minor keys, Understanding common musical forms||Checkpoints,
Have your book and something to write notes and solve problems on.
You may want to have your instrument nearby to help you visualize at times.
You may want to have multiple monitors or devices if you plan to use handouts as PDFs. Otherwise, make plans to print handouts.
A non-refundable $125 registration fee for 5 sessions is required to secure your spot in the class. After you register, Mark will email you instructions within a few days.
Use my contact page to email me with any questions you might have.