Music Theory & History

Students interested in taking their study of music beyond that of instrumental or vocal music performance are now able to do so through the Nelly Berman School. Dr. Ariane Alexander, renowned pianist and music educator, is offering group classes in Music Theory, and Music History online in addition to her individualized instruction in Music Theory & Composition in person at the Nelly Berman School.

Online Music Theory Courses:

Theory on Your Instrument Level One is the first course in a series of Music Theory courses for preparatory level music students ages 9 through 18. Students will participate in weekly 60 minute online interactive classes via zoom.us. Students will be playing their instruments in each zoom class and will have written assignments between sessions. All interactive classes can be recorded and retained. Any student who is unable to join live will be able to watch the recorded class.

Dr. Alexander describes this course as, “One of the most valuable theory classes I ever took was taught in a piano lab with all exams taken at the keyboard. As a pianist, this course made music theory “real” for me and gave me a solid reference for all of the subsequent theory courses I ever took. Theory on Your Instrument is designed to offer students this experience and will involve playing what is being taught in each class. Once the basics of music theory are understood in one’s own clef and on one’s own instrument, learning the other clefs is easy. In addition to the theory basics offered in this course, a compositional element will be included as part of the homework assignments.” Students will incorporate what they have learned in class into two short compositions of their own and perform them for the class!

The course will cover:
• Intervals
• Major & minor scale structures
• Key signatures
• Simple, Compound and Asymmetrical meters
• Basic modulation
• Easy rhythmic and melodic dictation

Classes will be offered starting the week of October 5th through December 14th, 2019 for the following age groups: Junior: Ages 9 to 12 and Senior: Ages 13 to 18
Interactive zoom class times are as follows:
Saturdays: Junior class 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET
Senior class 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET

Introduction to Music History is a comprehensive historical overview specifically geared toward the serious preparatory level musician. The zoom.us venue allows for an online classroom interaction with me and with each other while viewing images and performance videos. Students will learn about the historical background, architecture, art and literature of
each era and how they influenced or were influenced by the composers of that time. More importantly, students will learn about the composers and styles of the pieces they are playing. They will see images of the great palaces of the Baroque era and hear performances on period instruments, Mozart Sonatas played on Mozart’s forte-piano and so much more! A week before each of the interactive classes students will receive a short video lecture and a written outline of all that will be discussed in the zoom classroom. Note taking will not be required. Special projects will include mapping out a musical family tree to discover their pedagogical lineage, and giving a short presentation of a piece they are playing. By the end of the course the students will have seen the world through musical eyes, from ancient Greece to Italy, France, Germany, England, Russia, and the Americas! This course will not only give them insight into their own pieces but will make them aware of their direct connection to the great composers and performing musicians of the past.

Introduction to Music History is the first course in a series of Music History courses for preparatory level students in ages 9 through 18. This course gives an overview of each era from Medieval through 20th and 21st centuries. All students who successfully complete Introduction to Music History will be eligible to enroll in more in-depth courses which focus on one specific era of Music History.

Students will participate in weekly 60 minute online interactive classes via zoom.us, receive weekly video lectures, outlines and playlists of all materials covered in each class via email. All zoom.us interactive classes can be recorded and retained. Any student who is unable to join live will be able to watch the recorded class.

Classes will be offered starting the week of October 2nd through December 14th for the
following age groups: Junior: Ages 9 to 12 and Senior: Ages 13 to 18
Interactive zoom class times are as follows:
Saturdays: Junior class 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Senior class 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET
Wednesdays:
Junior class 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET
Senior class 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET
Enrollment for access to interactive classes will be limited to 15 students per class. Students may enroll in the course without participating in the zoom classroom and will receive each class video within 24 hours of the scheduled class. Tuition is the same.