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Music Theory in Context: Musicianship Classes

Music theory is the grammar for the language of your instrument.


What are modes? What’s a Picardy third? Why does a deceptive cadence seem like a surprise? Why does a half cadence leave me on the edge of my seat? What’s the big deal about chromatic mediants? Come to our musicianship classes on Saturdays to learn about the nuts and bolts of what music is made of, where it comes from, and how it affects what you hear!

The Hartt Community Division offers its students Saturday morning musicianship classes at the main campus. These classes are designed to supplement deeper musical instruction that naturally happens as part of weekly private lessons. Classes are open to all Community Division private lesson students at no additional charge. If you are not currently a private lesson student, you are still welcome to participate, but registration and tuition fees do apply.

The goal of each class is to provide and build upon fundamental aspects of music theory, music history, and ear training. Topics include music notation fundamentals, modes, harmony, voice leading, solfege (sight-singing), and theory application in basic composition. Classes are designed to be engaging and filled with opportunities for listening, as well as discussion and participation.

2015-2016 Schedule

Musicianship Classes will be held on Saturday mornings in Room 406 at The Hartt School main campus.

Any questions regarding placement should be directed to Matthew Kennedy, Musicianship Faculty.

Elementary Musicianship (Level I) 
9:00-9:30 am or 10:30-11:00 am

This class is designed to introduce music theory and solfege to elementary school aged students.

Topics include:

  • Writing music on a grand staff
  • Beginner ear-training
  • Learning scales, keys, and time signatures
  • Basic intervals and chords

Intermediate Musicianship (Level II) 
10:00-10:30 am or 11:00-11:30 am

This class is designed for the middle school aged student. This class is also for students who have been recommended to move to Level II.

Topics include:

  • Beginning harmony, modes, and chords
  • Intermediate ear and rhythm training
  • Brief classical history
  • Beginning analysis

High School Level Musicianship (Level III)
9:30-10:00 am or 11:30-12:00 pm

This class is designed for the high school aged student interested in studying music theory at an advanced level.  This class is also for younger students who have been recommended to enroll in this class.

Topics include:

  • Chord Writing, Voice Leading, Chorales, and Beginning counterpoint
  • Advanced ear and rhythm training
  • In-depth analysis
  • Music history overview, from medieval to 20th century

2016-2017 Tuition

Tuition (per year)* Schedule (all classes are on Saturdays) Location
Level I Free for HCD private lesson students. $549/year for non-students. 9 - 9:30am or 10:30 - 11:00am The Hartt School room 406
Level II Free for HCD private lesson students. $549/year for non-students. 10:00 - 10:30am or 11:00 - 11:30am The Hartt School room 406
Level III Free for HCD private lesson students. $549/year for non-students. 9:30 - 10:00am or 11:30am - 12:00pm The Hartt School room 406

*A $25 registration fee may apply.


For more information contact the Hartt Community Division at (860) 768-4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.

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