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About Music Theory at Hochstein

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. 

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AP Music Theory: Form & Harmony

Daniel Sawler, Instructor
Grade 10-adult, or by teacher recommendation 

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm 


Note: This class is now being offered virtually. Online instruction with Hochstein is easy! To find out more about the technical requirements, click here.


Building on the concepts learned in Basic Theory, this class reviews chords and Roman Numeral analysis, while delving more completely into the areas of cadence types, figured bass, harmonization, and secondary chords.  In addition, students will engage in some written and listening analysis and dictation and sight-singing, but it does not cover all materials necessary for preparation for the AP test. 


Pre-requisite: Basic Music TheoryStudents who have some Music Theory experience but aren’t sure they are ready for AP Music Theory should take the theory placement exam to assess which class is the right placement for them.  


FEES: $20 registration fee. $612* yearly tuition payable in quarterly installments of $153 each. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, $450 yearly tuition payable in quarterly installments of $112.50. (Fees are as of Fall 2020.)


* Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.