Music Theory

Music theory is the study of written and aural music. Studying music theory strengthens a musician’s ability to connect to and perform music. Our program is designed with a practical curriculum to directly strengthen students’ fundamental performance and sight reading skills at MYS.        

These optional classes encourage players to build upon their instrumental performance skills by learning more about the building blocks of music. Topics can include learning about clefs and key signatures, understanding intervals and chords structures, aural skills, and much more! Students will take an evaluation before their first day of class to assess their level. For questions about Music Theory, please contact our Artistic Operations Team.

The last day of Music Theory for the 2020-2021 season will be May 1, 2021.

Music Theory class times:

  • Levels 1-3: 9:00-9:55am
  • Level 4 (Basic Composition): 1:00-1:55pm

Beginning Theory (1st year):
Students learn beginning music concepts like learning to read notes on the staff, clefs, counting simple rhythms and developing their ear to comprehend their musical abilities better. Designed for all beginner musicians.

Intermediate Theory (2nd year):
Students continue their written and aural knowledge by learning about intervals, chords, scales and harmonic relationships within musical context.  

Advanced Theory (3rd year):
Students learn complex concepts such as chord progressions, transposition, analysis and harmonizing melodies. They will also study musical forms and advanced aural skills such as melodic dictation and sight singing.  

Basic Composition (4th year):
This class is for our most advanced theory students who have demonstrated complex knowledge of musical concepts. In this class, students will create original music of various styles and ensembles. Composition is in collaboration with YCP; Young Composers Project. 

  • Music Theory tuition is $110 for the year. 
  • Classes for the full 2020-21 season will take place online. 
  • New – Online Music Theory Classes are open to students in all ensembles. Enrollment in an MYS ensemble is not required to enroll in Music Theory Classes

Registration for Music Theory has closed, if you are interested in enrollment or learning more about our Music Theory classes, please contact