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Musicianship Group Classes

Musicianship at The Hartt School Community Division

The Hartt Community Division’s Musicianship classes are designed to supplement weekly private instruction on an instrument or voice. This program allows students build skills and gain knowledge relating to music theory, ear training, and music history. These engaging classes are filled with opportunities for listening, discussion, and active participation. 

Students will apply concepts through performance, analysis, and composition.  They will use their instruments in class, as well as practice basic singing exercises for the purposes of training their ears. Over the course of the year, students will master the covered material, helping them to grow as musicians.

All students (both new and returning) must complete a short placement assignment if they would like to join Theory and Ear Training 1, Theory and Ear Training 2, or Advanced Theory and Ear Training. No placement assignment is required to join Music Theory and Ear Training Fundamentals.

Interesting joining one of the Musicianship classes? Click here to be placed on our interest list and receive more information about placement and registration.

Music Theory and Ear Training Fundamentals

Grades 7-adult: Tuesdays at 4:15-5:15 pm
All Ages: An Online Class will be available starting in Fall 2019

This introductory class helps students become proficient in the fundamentals of music literacy. Students will improve their note-reading in treble and bass clefs, as well as rhythm reading in simple and compound meters. They also will learn major scales and key signatures, minor scales and key signatures, and intervals.

This level is offered as both an in-person class and an online course that students can work through at their own speed. The instructor will hold regular office hours so that students in either the online class or in-person class can come to ask questions or receive extra help.

Theory and Ear Training 1

Grades 7-adult: Saturdays at 8:45-9:45 am 
Grades 7-adult: Saturdays at 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Pre-requisite: placement assignment

Music student at HCDThis class builds on the topics covered in Music Theory and Ear Training Fundamentals. It is designed for students who can: 

  • fluently read notes in both treble and bass clef
  • fluently count rhythms in simple and compound meter
  • build and identify major and minor scales and key signatures
  • build and identify musical intervals
  • demonstrate proficiency with basic aural skills 

Students in this class will further develop their skills in those areas, while also gaining proficiency with tonal harmony.  Topics will include: triads, seventh chords, diatonic chords, analysis of diatonic harmony, and basic formal analysis. Singing with solfege, musical dictation, and other ear training skills also will be covered.

Theory and Ear Training 2

* Offered starting in Fall 2019
Pre-requisite: placement assignment

This class builds on the topics covered in Music Theory and Ear Training 1. It is designed for students who can: 

  • build and identify triads and seventh chords
  • complete basic harmonic analysis
  • complete basic formal analysis
  • demonstrate proficiency with aural skills covered in Level 1

Students in this class will further develop their skills in those areas, while also gaining proficiency with chromatic harmony. Topics will include: analysis of chromatic harmony and more advanced formal analysis. Singing with solfege, musical dictation, and other ear training skills also will be covered.

Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training

Grades 7-adult: Class day/time TBD
Pre-requisite: completion of HCD Musicianship 3 OR placement assignment

This class builds on the topics covered in Music Theory and Ear Training 2 (formerly Musicianship 3). The class content rotates each year, so that students may repeat the class as desired. For more information, please contact Jessica Rudman at rudman@hartford.edu.

Tuition and Registration Information

Classes are open to all HCD private-lesson students at no additional charge. Classes are also available to students who do not take private lessons at HCD. Tuition and fees apply.  

Tuition information and registration links will be available soon!

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.