Composition / Music Theory
The Music Theory Program is offered apart from our weekly general theory group classes for those students who wish to intensively study only music theory. The class is open to students (ages 13-up) at all levels and consists of a 30, 45, or 60 minute private lesson each week. These lessons will include a variety of music theory/notation practices including the basics, form analysis, chord/scale nomenclature, Italian terms, functional harmony, and an introduction to basic composition. Students may elect to study either traditional (classical theory) or jazz theory, but a firm grasp of classical theory is required before beginning jazz theory. As students progress, they may elect to pursue further studies in the Composition Program.
The Composition Program (ages 13-adult) allows students to study in a weekly 30, 45, or 60 minute or full hour private lesson. Students are encouraged to write in various styles in addition to classical. Classes focus on creating melodies, arranging/orchestration techniques, in addition to a review of general music theory/notation practices. Students are expected to learn to write by hand (traditional paper and pencil) in addition to using the latest in computer notation software and other computer based technologies.
Our Composition/Piano program includes a 30, 45, or 60 minute lesson weekly and is the recommended composition program for younger beginners and those without any prior musical training. Classes focus on the development of fundamental composition and keyboard skills.
Each year, up to 9 students (3 from each of our schools) writing and/or performing an original score are selected by a panel of teachers to receive the Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention composition awards...our highest composition awards! All LAAPA students (whether formally studying in the composition program or not) are welcome and encouraged to submit their scores each year. The featured pictures above are of previous student compositions and composers!