Theory and Musicianship

Music Theory provides a language for talking about music and an understanding of how it works. Studying theory helps to develop rhythm, ear training, reading, composition and many other skills.  
Group class tuition is reduced by 50% for those students currently taking private lessons at CMC.

Embodiment & Expression for Musicians
Ear Training: Chord Progressions & Arrangement
Introduction to Music Notation and Reading
Introduction to Jazz Theory
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Music Theory III
Summer Quarter Music Theory

 

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Embodiment & Expression for Musicians
Tools for Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement

Our body is our instrument. How we use it influences the quality of our movements and the sounds we make with our voices and musical instruments. This group class will present tools to free yourself from tension, pain and injury, improve the quality and longevity of your musical life and find innovative sources for expression, composition and improvisation based on the Feldenkrais® Method and Body-Mind Centering.® It is an inquiry into the relationship between the body and the mind through movement, guided attention and non-verbal dialogue. This work can create fertile ground for new performance material and improvisation. In the process students may find improvements in breathing, tone, coordination and technical proficiency as well as prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Students should bring their instruments if they have one and a piece of music to play/sing or compose at the end of each class. Private lessons are also available.

More info: www.heartofembodiment.netwww.feldenkrais.com, www.bodymindcentering.com.

Ages: Teens, adults

Instrument: Instrumentalists, singers, music faculty, music therapists

Prerequisites: None

Location: Mission District Branch

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm

Instructor: Sonja Riket

Tuition:
Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244

Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount on all group classes.
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Ear Training: Chord Progressions & Arrangement

Learn how to recognize common chord progressions so that you can understand the structure of a song beyond its melody. We will learn how to recognize root movement, analyze 3, 4, and 5-chord songs, and make simple charts by listening. Tuning in to arrangements and contrasts in texture will also be covered. There will be a support lab online to reinforce what we learn in class.

Ages: Older teens, adults

Instruments:
All

Style of music studied:
Not applicable

Prerequisites:
Knowledge of scales, key signatures, and basic chords; Music Theory I; and/or instructor’s consent.

Class size:
4-8 students

Location: Mission District Branch

Day and Time: Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Erik Ian Walker

Tuition:
Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.
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Introduction to Music Notation and Reading

Whether you are a complete beginner, or trying to remember what you studied years ago, this class will get you up to speed by covering the basics of notation and reading, including rhythms, time signatures, repeat symbols and other performance instructions. Classes will encourage participation and incorporate discussion, sight-reading exercises, weekly homework reviews and occasional composing. Materials designed specifically for this course are free and available for download online, including Jono’s book Music Theory and Notation for Intelligent Beginners.

Ages: Teens, adults

Instruments: Any (none used in class)

Styles of music studied: Varied

Prerequisites: None

Class size:2-10 students

Locations, Days and Times: Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 6:15-7:05pm

Instructor: Jono Kornfeld

Tuition:
Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.

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Introduction to Jazz Theory

This is an introduction to some of the basic elements of jazz, including: chords and chord symbols, lead sheet notation, typical chord progressions, melodic construction, forms, and improvisation using scales, modes and other devices. The class will culminate in the composition of a song in the jazz standard style.

Ages: Teens, adults

Instruments: Any (none used in class)

Prerequisites: Familiarity with an intermediate level of music theory and notation approximately equivalent to Music Theory I. Students are encouraged to communicate with Jono ahead of time about their prior experience.

There is no required text for this class. Handouts and online links will be provided. There will be weekly reading and written assignments.

Locations, Days and Times: Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 7:55 – 8:45pm

Instructor: Jono Kornfeld

Tuition:
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.

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Music Theory I

If you have a basic knowledge of music notation, this class will further your understanding of musical components and structures. Topics will include scales, key signatures, the circle of 5ths, overtones, intervals and chords as they relate to all styles of music. Classes will be seminar-style and there will be weekly homework assignments. Materials designed specifically for this course are free and available for download online, including Jono’s book Music Theory and Notation for Intelligent Beginners.

Ages: Teens, adults

Instrument: Any (none used in class)

Styles of music studied: Various

Prerequisites: Introduction to Music Notation and Reading and/or instructor’s consent

Class size:  2-10 students

Locations, Days and Times: Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 7:05-7:55pm

Instructor: Jono Kornfeld

Tuition:
Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.
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Music Theory II

This class continues the work begun in Music Theory I and follows the same format. Topics will include chord inversions, 7th chords, melody construction, combining melody and harmony, simple structures and forms as they relate to all styles of music. Materials designed specifically for this course are free and available for download online, including Jono’s book Music Theory and Notation for Intelligent Beginners.

Ages: Teens, adults

Instruments: Any (none used in class)

Styles of music studied: Various

Prerequisites: Familiarity with music notation and music theory at a level comparable with Music Theory I and/or instructor’s consent

Class size: 2-10 students

Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 7:55-8:45pm
Alternates quarters with Music Theory: Variable Topics, depending on enrollment.

Instructor: Jono Kornfeld

Tuition:
Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.

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Music Theory III

This class continues the course of study set out in Theory I and II, with more of an emphasis on compositional work (and homework) to achieve fluency within each topic. The first phase of the class will be a quick review of materials from earlier theory classes, adding new depth to these familiar topics. Then we will explore concepts that gradually take an ever-expanding view of music into account, discussing elements that relate to larger forms and structures, while trying to keep the smaller details in mind. All materials for the course will be made available by the instructor.

Topics covered include:
Phrases & cadences
The sequence
The motive and motive development
Modulation/Key-Changes
Musical Forms
Modes
Counterpoint

Ages: Teens, adults

Instruments: Any (none used in class)

Styles of music studied: Various

Prerequisites: Students who did not take Theory I and or II are invited to join the class if they have previous experience. Communicating with the instructor before the first class meeting is recommended.

Class size: 2-10 students

Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 7:55-8:45pm

Instructor: Jono Kornfeld

Tuition:
Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.
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Summer Quarter Music Theory Classes

These classes are unique to summer quarter and generally don’t require prerequisites. Possible offerings include: Advanced Theory (a continuation of Theory III), Beginning Jazz Theory, Composition Workshop, Modern Music, and Rock of the 60’s and 70’s. Interested students should check sfcmc.org or contact the instructor starting in mid-April for updates on summer offerings. Materials for all courses will be available in class.

Ages: Teens, adults

Instruments: Any (none used in class)

Styles of music studied: Classical, Jazz, Modern, other

Prerequisites: Vary according to topic

Class size: 4-8 students

Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 7:55-8:45pm

Instructor: Jono Kornfeld

Tuition:
Summer Quarter (8 wks.) $244
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.