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.

Composition Workshop I
Composition Workshop II
Composition Workshop III
Embodiment & Expression for Musicians
Ear Training
Introduction to Music Notation and Reading
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Music Theory III
Music Theory: Variable Topics
Lyric Writing
Songwriting Fundamentals

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 form 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 at CMC and at the instructor’s studio.

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, 1-3pm
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.
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Ear Training

Ear training is an important part of your development as a musician. It links theory with living music and helps you recognize intervals, root movements, melodic phrases, musical form and rhythm. This is important for all musicians but for singers and improvisers it is essential. But it’s good for everything…it’s especially good with fruit salad. The biggest goal of this class is to get students well on their way to recognizing chord progressions and song forms. Erik Walker’s unique use of theory along with ear training techniques through class demonstrations, take-home CDs and online programs makes for an enjoyable and stimulating musical experience.

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 7-8pm
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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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, 7:45-8:30pm
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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Composition Workshop I

Aspiring composers, develop your composition skills and find your creative voice! Learn about the basic elements and tools of musical composition: rhythm, melody, and counterpoint. With guided listening across a range of musical periods, you will receive an introduction to basic musical structures and variation forms, as well as elements of musical analysis.
You will describe and discuss weekly composition assignments in class and work towards a final piece that is one to two minutes long.

Ages: Teens, adults
Instruments: Any (none used in class)
Styles of music studied: Various
Prerequisites: No previous composition experience is necessary. Previous enrollment in Music Theory I and II is recommended but not strictly necessary. Participants should have some training in an instrument or voice.
Class size: Because of the participatory nature of the class, the size is limited to six students.
Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (Fall Quarter only)
Instructor: Davide Verotta
Tuition:
Fall Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.

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Composition Workshop II

A continuation of CMC’s Composition Workshop I, this class offers an in-depth look into a variety of musical structures and forms and provides tools for building longer compositions. Along the way, you will learn about additional elements of musical composition, such as traditional and non-traditional scales, rhythms, and harmonies. You will also participate in guided listening and discuss examples from across musical periods. This class has a strong emphasis on music analysis including assignments and class discussion. For your final project, you will compose a piece for two instruments that is one to three minutes long.

Ages: Teens, adults
Instruments: Any (none used in class)
Styles of music studied: Various
Prerequisites: Previous enrollment in the Composition Workshop I and Music theory I and II, or equivalents, is recommended, or consent of instructor. Participants should have some training in an instrument or voice.
Class size: Because of the participatory nature of the class, the size is limited to six students.
Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (Winter Quarter only)
Instructor: Davide Verotta
Tuition:
Winter Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.

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Composition Workshop III

A continuation of CMC’s Composition Workshop II, this class offers an in-depth look into counterpoint and harmony as they apply to composition, and introduces modern techniques from the 20th century. The approach of the class is historical, starting from the middle ages and ending in the 20th century. Learn how the elements of composition have evolved and how they can be used in contemporary work. Participate in guided listening and discuss examples from across musical periods. You will receive composition exercises in various styles and for your final project you will compose a piece for small ensemble that is two to four minutes long in a style of your choice.

Ages: Teens, adults
Instruments: Any (none used in class)
Styles of music studied: Various
Prerequisites: Previous enrollment in Composition Workshop II and Music theory I and II, or equivalents, is recommended, or the instructor’s consent. Participants should have some training in an instrument or voice.
Class size: Because of the participatory nature of the class, the size is limited to six students.
Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (Spring Quarter only)
Instructor: Davide Verotta
Tuition:
Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $366
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.
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Music Theory: Variable Topics

Usually offered in the summer quarter, this class will follow the same format as Music Theory I and II. Course content will vary each quarter and may cover such topics as: advanced theory (a continuation of Theory II), beginning jazz theory, modern music, pop music, and basic composition. Interested students should contact the instructor in the quarter prior to when the course will be offered to learn more about the proposed content. Course materials 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: 2-10 students
Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Thursdays, 7:45-8:30pm
Alternates quarters with Music Theory II depending on enrollment.
OR Richmond District Branch, Saturdays, 9-9:45am
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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Lyric Writing
The Language of Lyric

A songwriter is both a lyricist and a composer, with a passion for combining language with music. This course focuses on the lyricist, on the craft of writing the language in a song. The concepts we’ll study are all primary elements in lyric and include an examination of the main figures of speech in figurative language (e.g. metaphor, simile, symbolism, etc.). We’ll examine story development (who, what, when, where, and why), the four points of view common in narrative, rhyme and the principals of phonetic connectivity, and development of the primary song sections (the verse, refrain, chorus, and bridge). We’ll also learn to “object write,” a creative writing technique involving the sense bound imagery associated with memories and experiences…the stuff stories come from.
Prerequisites: Songwriting Fundamentals
(see below) is a plus but not required

Ages: Adults, older teens
Class size: 3-5 students
Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Wednesdays, Time TBA
Instructor: Larry Dunn
Tuition:   Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $354
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.
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Songwriting Fundamentals

Attention aspiring songwriters! This group class is designed to give you a working understanding of the fundamentals of a popular song. We will study essential tools and techniques that aid in the songwriting process, including: harmonic structure and chord progression, melody/lyric phrasing, lyric writing and development and song structure. We will apply these techniques with the goal of each student writing a complete song.

Larry Dunn has studied with Dale Brunner (Johnny Smith) and Jackie King (Willie Nelson). He’s signed with/recorded for Warner Bros., Rounder, and Rhino record companies and has written, recorded and produced five indie CDs. As a published songwriter, Larry has had music placed in film and television and MUZAK. He’s toured throughout the U.S. and opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn, Four Tops, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power, Dr. John, Stylistics, Robben Ford and John Lee Hooker, among others.

Ages: Adults, older teens
Class size: 3-5 students
Locations, Days and Times:
Mission District Branch, Wednesdays, Time TBA
Instructor: Larry Dunn
Tuition:   Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter (12 wks.) $354
Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount.