Because learning and performing any instrument, including voice, is enriched by the study of music theory, WCM offers music theory/ear training classes using the multi-level curriculum of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). For more than a hundred years, this London-based examination program has set an international standard for the study of music theory. Additionally, WCM offers instruction derived from a standard American educational approach to music theory, as well as theory and solfege classes for young children based on a highly successful Russian pedagogical method.

Theory instructors:
Herman Meyer, Fred Wilcheck, Joshua Bayer, Chad Leader, Lora Baronian
Composition instructors:
Haskell Small, Joshua Bayer

Music Theory Classes
Children, Teens, Adults
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Beginning with students age 8, WCM will assign class placement based on student's age and an assessment of the student's ability. Class times will be arranged according to teacher schedule and, to the extent possible, schedules of interested students. The curriculum advances through level five of the ABRSM syllabus. WCM theory classes include ear training, dictation, sight-singing, interval and chord recognition, and keyboard harmony. All classes have a five student minimum.
45 minute classesó16 weeks
WCM students enrolled in individual lessons: $256
Non-WCM students: $296
Instructor: Fred Wilchek

Ear Training Classes
From beginning students who wish to learn to read music and develop aural skills to advanced musicians who wish to refine their sight-singing ability while learning basic music analysis skills.
One hour classesó16 weeks
WCM students enrolled in individual lessons: $256
Non-WCM students: $296
Times by arrangement with instructor

All About Music For Kids
For children ages 5, 6, 7 and 8.

A proven fun method for young children to learn basics of music theory and ear training including note-reading and solfege (do-re-mi). Recommended as either a supplement or as a prelude to beginning study on any instrument. Minimum 5 students. This class material is also offered as a private or semi-private lesson (see
Individual Lessons for rates.)
One hour classesó16 weeks
WCM students enrolled in individual lessons: $256
Non-WCM students: $296
Instructor: Lora Baronian

Private Instruction in Theory or Sight-Singing
The study of theory or sight-singing is also offered as individual lessons. Two or three students may share the lesson and split the private lesson tuition. Students studying one-on-one with the instructor pay the full private lesson tuition. See Individual Lessons for rates.

Private Instruction in Composition
Advanced music theory students may receive private instruction in various compositional techniques. Permission of instructor required. See Individual Lessons for individual lesson tuition.

  1. All classes: 5 student minimum.
  2. Additional cost for ABRSM exams and materials.

For registration fees, see Tuition and Fees.

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