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Musicianship and Music Theory

The Musicianship and Music Theory course is designed for students interested in a deeper understanding of the music they play. The course levels are sequential; student's placement into a particular level of classes is based on their grade level.

  • Theory and Musicianship I - Grades 3 and 4
  • Theory and Musicianship II - Grades 5 and 6
  • Theory and Musicianship III - Grades 7 and 8
  • Theory and Musicianship IV - Grades 9-12 

The Course Description

Instructor: Ethan Albala
Schedule: Saturdays, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Buck Hall

The first class of the sequence focuses on rudimentary concept of rhythm and notation which are explained in a fun and interactive way. The course will proceed gradually into more complex concepts of harmony, form and analysis.

The musicianship component of the course is focused on developing student's ability to hear and understand the relationships among the components of the music they play in order to develop a more meaningful connection to the piece. Methods such as Kodaly and Dalcroze are used for a more personal interaction with the music. 


Theory and Musicianship I - $290 per semester
Theory and Musicianship II - $307 per semester
Theory and Musicianship III - $321 per semester
Theory and Musicianship IV - $343 per semester
Students enrolled in PCMS' private lessons or Mariachi de Pacific will receive a 15% discount.

MAKE PAYMENTS HERE (coming soon) or pay by check/cash at the Conservatory of Music office.

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