Notation, Ear Training and Theory


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  • Level 1: 8-10 with 1-2 Years Private Lesson Experience
  • Level 2: 10-12 with 2-3 Years Private Lesson Experience
  • Level 3: 12-14 with 3-4 Years Private Lesson Experience
Type: Theory & Composition
Term: Annual
Term Length: 30 Weeks


  • Level 1: Saturdays at 12:45pm
  • Level 2: Saturdays at 1:30pm
  • Level 3: Saturdays at 2:15pm
Duration: 45 Minutes
Class Size: 8
Price: $750 | $375 for Students Enrolled in Private Lessons
Instructor: Ian Davis
Prerequisite: 1-4 years private lesson experience or recommendation from private lesson teacher

Students begin in level 1 learning note identification, ear training and rhythmic diction. They explore chords, scales, harmony and melody and begin to explore concepts such as key signatures and time signatures. In level 2 students build on their basic knowledge and go deeper into the mechanics of how the western scale is constructed, the circle of 5ths, key centers, form and analysis of scores. In level 3, students explore 4 part writing, Bach progressions and advanced theory concepts such as 12-tone rows and minimalism.

LEVEL 1 • AGES 8-10 with 1-2 Years Private Lesson Experience
LEVEL 2 • AGES 10-12 with 2-3 Years Private Lesson Experience
LEVEL 3 • AGES 12-16 with 3-4 Years Private Lesson Experience

Every music theory class includes active listening, analysis, composition and notation. This course is offered as a 30 week, year long program. Students taking private lessons at BKCM pay only a materials fee and this course is open to any student studying music outside the conservatory. Students who complete a year of theory will be prepared to enter advanced middle school and high school music programs.

BKCM offers free tuition enrollment for this class to all students currently taking private lessons. For further details on this program, please speak to a registrar.

Interested in this class? Click HERE to fill out an interest form.
Music Theory & Composition

Our theory and composition classes in the community music school are more than just a supplement to private lessons. Leveled by age and experience; our beginner programs will help students advance in their private lessons while building essential musicianship skills and developing their creativity in a fun, low pressure group setting. The more advanced classes are aligned with International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement music curricula so that students will be prepared to enter advanced high school music programs. Our registrars, private lesson teachers and program directors will guide you to the right class for your student.

Registration Info

Do you want to register for a class? Please call 718-622-3300 to speak to one of our registrars, who will guide you through the registration process and answer any questions you might have.

For complete information on our registration process and policies please click here