Get a Head Start on your College Career!
Do I Need Pre-college Music Theory?
- Can you identify intervals, spell chords, & construct major & minor scales?
- Can you identify the key by looking at the key signature?
- Can you correctly harmonize a melody?
- Can you notate and perform rhythms in simple and compound meters?
- Can you sing a melodic line at sight on solfège syllables?
- Can you write a melodic line with correct pitches & rhythms after hearing it three times?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may not be prepared for the music theory or musicianship courses offered in college.
Why Should I Take Theory Before College Starts?
At Westminster Choir College (and many other colleges), all incoming freshmen music majors are required to take a Basic Musicianship placement exam.
Too many students are not adequately prepared for the exam. At Westminster, incoming students who do not pass are required to take Introduction to Musicianship (TH 045), a semester long, non-credit course that will count for nearly a quarter of your time spent in class during the Fall semester.
That means starting out behind your classmates and spending a lot of time and money to catch up to them!
The Pre-College Online Music Theory Program can help you to prepare for the Basic Musicianship Placement exam (at Westminster and at other colleges): outlining relevant topics, helping you to develop basic musicianship skills and to better strategize your test preparation.
One-hour live meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST via video conference as well as online tutorials, videos, and musical examples.
Online registration available soon. For more information, contact the office at 609-924-7416
About the Instructor: Joshua Wanger holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. He has appeared in leading roles in musical theatre and performed in opera productions at the Lincoln Center Festival (NY) and Spoleto (SC) Festival USA. As a tenor, he appears in recordings on the Naxos label, and as an actor has appeared in several New York films. In 2013 Joshua made his debut with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart under the baton of Rossen Milanov. Currently, Joshua makes his home in New York where he is a technical services assistant in the library at The Juilliard School. Together with Christian Carey, Joshua worked on the development and design of the Pre-College Online Music Theory course.
Please contact the Westminster Office of Continuing Education at 609-924-7416.