Redeemer Classical students in forms 1 and 2 — ages seven through eleven — will learn music theory from an excellent teacher this fall, and we’re opening the class to homeschooling families, just like with our art class.

Music Theory I is a class for 8-12 year olds that integrates written theory and ear training to teach students to read, write, and perform music with ease and accuracy. Students will learn treble and bass clef pitch notation, basic rhythms, and solfege syllables (learning to sing on pitch and transpose by ear). They will work simple composition exercises throughout the course to encourage creativity and fluency.

This course will be equally helpful for students on any instrument or voice. No instrument is required to complete assignments. This course is not a substitute for private lessons or ensembles, but builds a strong foundation for musical literacy and active participation in music for life.

Classes will be held every other week from 1:30-2:30 pm for eight classes, starting Wednesday, September 5th and continuing every other Tuesday starting on September 18th . The $65/semester fee covers tuition plus a student workbook and CD. Parents are asked to attend class with their students and continue the assignments daily at home. Parents may also order an optional teacher’s guide.

Course teacher Emily Thompson is a professional violinist and teacher with a master’s degree in music from Indiana University. She has experience teaching in private lesson and classroom settings from beginner to college level, and has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in addition to many other ensembles. Emily and her husband, Jason, are members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, and have two sons.

To register, email by August 20 with the names and ages of the students you wish to register, and a brief description of their music experience (none required). Class limit is 16. Parents may bring the tuition payment to the first class.

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