Theory, Ear Training & Composition

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 solfège classes for young children based on a highly successful Russian pedagogical method.

Theory instructors: Herman Meyer, Fred Wilchek, Lora Baronian, Jeffery Watson, Marcel Maican, Michael Adcock, Ilya Sinaisky, Haskell Small

Composition instructors: Haskell Small, Jeffery Watson

Children, Teens, Adults
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
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, sightsinging, interval and chord recognition, and keyboard harmony. All classes have a four student minimum.
45 minute classes | 15 weeks
WCM students enrolled in individual lessons: $300
Non-WCM students: $375
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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.
45-minute classes | 15 weeks
WCM students enrolled in individual lessons: $300
Non-WCM students: $375
Times by arrangement with instructor.
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Private Instruction in Theory or Ear Training
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 individual lesson tuition.
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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.
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All classes: 4 student minimum. Additional cost for ABRSM exams and materials.

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