This week we are covering the following GA Standards:
1. Major and Minor Key Signatures and Forms of Scales
2. The tonal relationship between key areas or Tonal Centers.
3. Sight-Singing and Melodic Dictation.
You will need to be able to define the following tonal relationships.
1. Relative Keys: Keys that have the same pitches (key Signature) but different tonic. (F and d)
2. Parallel Keys: Keys that share a tonic, but have different key signatures. (A and a)
3. Enharmonic Equivalent Keys: Keys that have a tonic that is Enharmonic (F# and Gb)
4. Closely Related Keys: Keys that are within ONE accidental of each other. (C, a, G, e, F, d)
5. Foreign Keys: Keys that are NOT Closely Related. (D, E)
CHAPTER 1, PART 1: EXAM is this Friday (August 29th). Be able to notate Major scales and the three forms of minor scales: natural, melodic, and harmonic, both with and without accidentals, as well as correctly define key signatures in Major and minor modes and their relationship to each other.
Major Scale: Half steps between 3/4 and 7/8
Natural Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3 and 5/6 (Matches the Key Signature)
Harmonic Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3, 5/6 and 7/8. (It is a natural minor scale with a raised 7th scale degree.
Melodic Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3 and 7/8. (It is a natural minor scale with raised 6th and 7th scale degrees and then use the natural minor on the descent.)
Wednesday, August 27th, there will be a Melodic Dictation Exam.
The next sight-singing test will be Wednesday, September 3rd. Examples #6-11.
We will alternate Dictation Tests and Sight Singing Tests on Wednesdays.
For Wednesday: 8/12
1. Practice Singing both major and minor scales with correct sol-fege syllables.
2. Homework due tomorrow: Letter name recognition in Treble and Bass Clef.
QUIZ FRIDAY (8/15) on letter names, basic notation vocabulary, Major Scales, and Major Key Signatures.
Sight-Singing Test 1: Friday Berkowitz #1-6
Sharp, flat, natural, enharmonic equivalent, staff, grand staff, middle C, ledger lines, treble clef, bass clef, alto clef, half-step=minor second, whole step=Major second, intervallic structure.
Scale Degree Names:Tonic, Supertonic, Mediant, Subdominant, Dominant, Submediant, Subtonic, Leading Tone, Tonic.
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You will need to check this page EVERY DAY. AP Theory is hard, so if you have any questions, or need to meet with me before or after school, please contact me! If you get behind in this class, it is hard to catch up.
Your assignment for tomorrow is
1. Go to the homepage of this website and fill out the member information form and click "Submit".
2. Get your three-ring binder and create the dividers as specified on the syllabus.
3. Get a notebook of Staff Paper. Music stores carry them. Make sure it has holes in it, so it fits in your binder.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is this class about?
A. We study HOW music is put together. Scales, Chords, Compositions, Analysis, History.
Q. Does this class have a lot of homework?
A. Yes. EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Music Theory is like math. It is a skill that needs to be developed in small increments.
Q. What is Ear Training and Dictation?
A. You will learn how to identify musical sounds and how to notate melodies by ear.
Hope you had a great first day, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Ms. Buonamici has a Master's Degree in Music Theory from Colorado State University. She is aware of her uber-geeky status.