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Elective Classes

The Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School believes in a well-rounded student musician. Classes are offered in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Musicianship, Theory and Composition, Improvisation and Solfege. 

Students taking private lessons receive one elective class included in their tuition each semester. 

The Beginning Piano Program includes a weekly group class, private lesson, and a class in Eurhythmics. 

Classes meet each Saturday in Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (MM) or the College of Fine Arts (CFA). Campus Map

Elective Classes:

Pre-school Eurhythmics
(children ages 4-5)
Pre-School Eurhythmics is based on the principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze who provided the first structured musical experience for very young children. Movement, ear training and improvisation are integrated into a joyful half-hour of walking, running, skipping, swinging, singing and playing instruments. The opportunity to respond to music in a group setting while experiencing the elements basic to all music is an exciting introduction to the art.
MM 119 — 12:00 – 12:30pm *30 minute class

Eurhythmics
(children ages 5-9)
Eurhythmics helps students experience music throughout their bodies. Based on the principles of Emile Jacques-Dalcroze, Eurhythmics integrates movement, ear training, and improvisation. Classes are grouped by age. Contact the Music Preparatory Office 412.268.3667 for more information.
MM 119 — 9:45am – 10:30am
MM 119 — 10:30am – 11:15am
MM 119 — 11:15am – 12:00 pm

Advanced Eurhythmics
(children ages 8-11)
Students who have completed the Beginning Piano Curriculum or students in this age group who have not had prior Eurhythmics experience explore the elements of music through movement, ear training, and improvisation.
MM 119 — 9:00am – 9:45am

Musicianship I
(two consecutive semesters - Fall/Spring)
This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the language of music. Students will be guided through a series of listening, reading, and writing exercises that will develop strong aural skills and support a thorough understanding of the work they are doing in private lessons.
MM 127 — 9:30am - 10:15am

Musicianship II
(two consecutive semesters - Fall/Spring)
Taken upon completion of Musicianship I, this course is a continuation of the listening, reading, and writing exercises designed to develop strong aural skills and a thorough understanding of musical concepts. A focus on rhythmic and tonal dictations will provide students with the foundations to begin more advanced theoretical analysis.
MM 127 — 10:30am – 11:15am

Theory (two consecutive semesters - Fall/Spring)
Taken upon completion of Musicianship I and II, this course develops listening skills and provides a foundation for analysis of harmony and musical structure. Also included in the Theory course is a historical context for music from the Medieval through 20th Century periods.
MM 127 — 11:30am - 12:15pm

Advanced Music Theory and Composition
Advanced Music Theory and Composition is a student-centered, achievement-based program that is designed to achieve and exceed national and state standards. It is interactive in its design and has peer and self-assessment components. It contains a highly individualized and active sequence of learning experiences. Students create new, original music composition projects that reflect their level of craftsmanship and aesthetic decision making.
MM 119A — 11:15am – 12:00pm
MM 119A — 12:15pm - 1:00pm 

This course is designed to train the ear to recognize and identify intervals and pitches. Based on the system of solfege, (do,re,mi...), students practice sight singing and dictation to build ear training skills that can be applied to their instrument.

Prerequisite: Musicianship I

CFA 160 — 12:00pm-12:45pm

Mind in the Moment

This class offers musicians the tools to become more aware in the moment and away from technology in a calming environment while learning the tools of how to focus and self regulate. This class will provide students with the skills to become more mindful and successful during instrumental practice as well as before and during performances.

Research has shown that regular mindfulness practice has the power to change the functioning of our brains. Students will learn about the parts of the brain associated with the mindfulness practice while engaging in kinesthetic activities involving breathing, listening, moving, focusing, connecting, and relaxing.

CFA A5 - 10:30am - 11:15am (ages 9-11)

CFA A5 - 11:30am - 12:15pm (ages 12-16)

Students create music spontaneously using rhythms, melodies, and harmonies.

CFA 157 — 12:00pm-12:30pm (Beginners)
CFA 157— 12:30-1:00pm (Beginners)
CFA 157 - 1:00-1:45pm (Advanced)

Creative Expression 1
We'll take theory principles out of the book and learn them on our instruments, creating original works using the building blocks of music. Students will be able to perform on their own instruments and percussion instruments as we compose and bring theory to life. Students will come away from the class with a thorough understanding of music theory after applying it in their own works, and we will end the semester with a performance of our original compositions. 

CFA Percussion Studio - 9:30am-10:30am

Creative Expression 2
Students use instruments, voices, and percussion to create their own original compositions.  Students will find joy in making music and will enjoy a creative and social outlet for their talents.  Practical application of music theory and compositional techniques from classical masterworks blends as students create their pieces in small ensembles.  Students will aslo explore the score behind the great composers and their music.


CFA A2 - 10:30am-11:30am

Creative Expression 3
Students use instruments, voices, and percussion to create their own original compositions.  Students will find joy in making music and will enjoy a creative and social outlet for their talents.  Practical application of music theory and compositional techniques from classical masterworks blends as students create their pieces in small ensembles.  Students will aslo explore the score behind the great composers and their music.


CFA A2 - 12:30pm-1:30pm

Creative Expression 4
Students use instruments, voices, and percussion to create their own original compositions.  Working with Jennie Dorris, who has developed creative projects with young musicians across the country, students will find joy in making music and will enjoy a creative and social outlet for their talents.  Practical application of music theory and compositional techniques from classical masterworks blends as students create their pieces in small ensembles.  Students will also explore the scores and stories behind the great composers and their music.


CFA A2 - 11:30am-12:30pm

Creative Expression 5
Students use instruments, voices, and percussion to create their own original compositions.  Working with Jennie Dorris, who has developed creative projects with young musicians across the country, students will find joy in making music and will enjoy a creative and social outlet for their talents.  Practical application of music theory and compositional techniques from classical masterworks blends as students create their pieces in small ensembles.  Students will also explore the scores and stories behind the great composers and their music.


CFA Percussion Studio - 11:30am-12:30pm

Community Engagement
Students will engage closely with a community partner and create a custom, creative concert program.  This advanced, highly collaborative class builds on the principles of composition from Creative Expression.

Prerequisite: Teacher invitation.
CFA Percussion Studio 10:30am-11:30am

 

Group String Class (Fall and Spring Semesters only)
Learning to play with other strings is fundamental to a student's proficiency. Group violin and cello classes are open to non-Preparatory School students at appropriate age and skill level. Availability of group classes depends upon student enrollment. Please contact the Music Preparatory Office for information on appropriate level for your child. Students will be placed in the appropriate Group Class by String Faculty.

Times and locations for Group String Classes TBD 

Young Artists Orchestra
This chamber orchestra is comprised of intermediate/advanced string students ages approximately 9-14 years old.  This ensemble meets weekly from September to May on Saturdays from 1:00-2:30 pm in Margaret Morrison 119.  The conductor is Mr. Steve Erhlich, Orchestra Director of the East Allegheny Schools.  There is a final performance at the conclusion of each semester as part of a showcase event featuring several of our performing groups and based on a unique theme.  

Eligibility: Students should have prior group or ensemble experience if possible.  Students should have competency with note reading, shifting into higher positions, and vibrato.  Entrance is based on audition.

Audition Information:
For all instruments, please prepare the following for the audition:

1. A solo piece (preferably a concerto) of your choice that includes shifting to 3rd position (no accompaniment necessary)

2. The following scales in at least 2 octaves (3 octaves encouraged): G, D, A, C, F, B-flat

3. An etude of your choice that shows shifting to 3rd position or higher

4. Sight reading may be asked.

Please print and submit application form by May 31, 2019.

Fee: 
$150 per semester (for CMU Prep students choosing this course as their one Elective Class)
$285 for Non-CMU Preparatory students or CMU Prep students choosing this course as a second Elective