Pre-College Music Theory Online

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.

When is this program offered? 

May 19 - June 27, 2014

One-hour live meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST via video conference as well as online tutorials, videos, and musical examples.

Fee:  $650

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About the Instructor: Dr. Christian Carey is Assistant Professor of Music Composition, History, and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he has taught since 2004. An active composer and performer, he has also given presentations at regional and international conferences about various topics in the field of music theory (including online instruction). He previously worked as Coordinator of the Aural Skills program at Manhattan School of Music.
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Please contact the Westminster Office of Continuing Education at 609-924-7416.