An important component of the Conservatory’s core curriculum is the five-term course sequence in Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Sight Singing. This sequence is required of all B.Mus. students (including those in the double-degree program), music majors in the B.A. program, and other B.A. students who wish to enter the core sequence. It is not required of students enrolled in the B.M.A. program in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, for which there is a separate musicianship curriculum.
Students normally begin the core theory sequence in the fall term of their first year at Lawrence and complete it by the end of winter term of their second year. Timely completion of the sequence is important not only because music theory courses are prerequisite to other required courses in the B.Mus. and B.A. degree programs but also because the skills you develop in them apply directly to your activities as a performer, composer or future music educator.
The core theory curriculum is an integrated approach to harmony, counterpoint, form, analysis, ear training and sight singing. While the curriculum is geared toward developing your skillful use of musical materials, our larger goal is to guide you toward a deeper understanding of musical structure and process—of how music is organized and why.