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Music Theory & History



A knowledge of music theory is an essential tool for musicians and gives both performers and listeners valuable insights into a composer's creative thoughts and technical methods. Students may take advantage of a curriculum–sharing partnership between Hochstein and Eastman Community Music School. The classes listed below are offered at Hochstein, and additional offerings are available at Eastman CMS. 


A special feature of Hochstein’s curriculum: theory classes meet in the School’s state-of-the-art Music Lab, where students get the opportunity to develop facility with special music programs Sibelius, Auralia, and Musition. 


Call (585) 454-4596 for a complete list of all available classes. 


Class Grade/Age

Basic Music Theory

Grade 8-Adult
AP Music Theory: Form & Harmony

Grade 10-Adult (or by teacher recommendation)

Music History Survey

Age 14-Adult