Music Theory Syllabus
Ridge View High School
Room C-74, 803-699-2999 ext. 245
Music Theory –
Music Theory is the discussion of the mathematics and notation of music.
Students are not required to perform, but will be expected to write musical
compositions at a intermediate level. Students will be expected to take part in
vocal exercises in order to physically experience the music theory.
Week 1: Basics Week 10: Counterpoint
Labeling Notes Two part counterpoint
Understanding Basic music notation First and Second Species
o Staff, clefs Week 11-12: Minor
Week 2-4: Major Scales and Key Signatures Minor Key Signatures
Write a Major Scale Minor Scales
Relationship between Major Scales Week 13-14: Triads
and Key Signatures Major, Minor, Diminished and
Composition in Major Keys Augmented Triads
Week 5-6: Rhythm Inversions
Basic Rhythm Notation Week 14-15: 7th Chords
Meter and Time Signatures Major, Major/Minor, minor, half
Week 7-8 Intervals: diminished, fully diminished
Major and Perfect and Minor Inversions
Intervals Week 16-18: Compositions
Aural Skills of Intervals and Scales Chord Progressions
Week 9: Major Test Basic Cadences
Major Scales Melody and Harmony part writing
Major Key Signatures Review for Final Exam
Materials for Non Performing Classes
Each student should have the following items in class everyday:
a sharpened pencil
1 inch, 3 ring binder
Staff paper – (Music Theory only)
Choir Room Rules
Be on time and ready to succeed.
Respect others, their property, and their right to learn.
Clear Bottled water is the only food (including gum) or drink allowed during
rehearsal or in the classroom.
Students will be held to the Academic Integrity policy of Richland District II.
1) Verbal warning
2) Notification to parents and/or lunch detention
3) Administrative referral
Music Theory Letter Of Mutual Consent
I, the undersigned student, understand that I am responsible for all the policies as set forth
in the syllabus. I fully agree to carry out my responsibilities to the very best of my
(Student name, please print)
(Student Signature) (Date)
I, the undersigned parent or guardian, have read and understand the policies as set forth in
(Parent name, please print)
(Parent Signature) (Date)