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The Music Theory and Ear Training Lab is designed to provide students with a foundation in the concepts and skills necessary for understanding and creating music. Students learn the fundamental elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, and form. 

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The Music Theory and Ear Training Elective
Curriculum Includes

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Skills Students Learn

Through exercises and projects, students will be encouraged to build upon their knowledge of both music theory and ear training to develop their own unique musical ideas and improve their musicianship.

Ages: 7-18


Students gain increased confidence in their musical abilities, build a strong foundation for further music study and develop a lifelong love and appreciation for different genres of music.

Ear Training Skills

Students develop their ability to recognize and distinguish between different pitches and melodies by listening to music.

Melodic Composition Skills

Students learn to create simple melodies using the skills and concepts they have learned in The Music Theory and Ear Training Lab.

Improved Musicianship

Students can apply what they learn in The Music Theory and Ear Training Lab to their own musicianship and increase their ability to perform music accurately and expressively.


Introduction to Music Theory and Ear Training

  • Introduction to basic music concepts, such as melody, rhythm, and harmony

  • Basic ear training exercises, such as identifying different pitches and rhythms

  • Introduction to music notation and reading sheet music

Introduction to Pitch and Melody

  • Basic concepts of pitch and melody

  • Learning the musical alphabet and how it relates to pitch

  • Identify high and low pitches

  • Identifying and singing back pitches

These are just some of the elements your child can experience in The Music Theory and Ear Training Lab!

The Music Theory and Ear Training Lab is where students gain an understanding of the structure and organization of music, and how it can be analyzed and interpreted. Additionally, students learn how to read and write music notation, and develop their ability to identify and reproduce pitch and rhythm. Ear training exercises help students develop their listening skills, including identifying different intervals and chords, and recognizing musical patterns and phrases. Ultimately, these elective classes help students develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of music, and lay the groundwork for further music exploration.

YMU gave David important foundational skills in all instruments. His mom and I were aware of his fascination to play piano. But it was with YMU where David first sang publicly, which showed us his singing voice and his love of live performance. While enrolled at YMU, David picked up his first drumsticks, bass guitar, and electric guitar, setting the stage for years of education at YMU and elsewhere on all of those instruments, as well as several others. It is safe to say that without The Young Musician's University, much of David's potential would not have been identified and he would not be the musician he is today.

Dean, YMU Parent

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