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Black Music Discovery

This course examines the lives and music of historical Black composers in classical music. We will discuss larger social topics in order to draw parallels of the historical and social trends of Blackness in America. Topics to include: Black Nationalism, Identity, Black Womanhood, Protest Music, and BLM. Each week, a specific composer and social topic …

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Treesa Ruins Classical Music

Buckle in and hold on tight for this continued wild ride through the bizarre, entertaining, and brilliant world of music history. From the Dark Ages to Hollywood, this class will explore how music shaped the world and how the world shaped music. Crazy anecdotes and unbelievably genius musical excerpts will have you completely immersed in …

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Alexander Technique for Adults

Need a little more coordination in your life? Join certified Alexander Technique instructor and Richmond Symphony musician, Jocelyn Vorenberg, in a one month, 4 class, course designed to help students improve habits in posture and movement. What is Alexander Technique? Alexander Technique allows you to develop greater awareness of postural habits that get in the …

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Jazz History Since 1959

Join Brian Jones for Jazz History Since 1959, a course exploring what scholar John F. Szwed called the “multiple revolutions” that shook up the world of jazz at the dawn of the 1960s. We will dissect the rise of free jazz, jazz and the counterculture, the birth of fusion, world jazz, and the cultural politics …

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Music Theory 201: Harmony I

Ready for the next level of Music Theory? Harmony I continues to build on previous knowledge while adding cadences, four-part writing, more complex rhythmic dictation and musical dictation. All students, even those who took RSSoM theory courses last year, who want to register for upper levels of music theory must take a placement test before …

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Music Theory 101: Theory I

Studying music theory means learning about the foundation music. Students in Theory I will combine written and aural theory to increase their understanding and explore the building blocks of music. Classes cover subjects from basic note-reading in multiple clefs to constructing scales, identifying and singing intervals, rhythmic dictation and beginning ear training. No prior music …

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Music Theory 301: Harmony II

Introducing RSSoM’s third level of music theory, Harmony II! In addition to a thorough review of fundamental concepts, this course introduces and explores compound rhythms, 7th chords, SATB writing, transposition, modulation and melody writing. All students, even those who took RSSoM theory courses last year, who want to register for upper levels of music theory …

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Adult Music Theory

Have you always wished that you knew more about the building blocks of music? Intro to Music Theory for Adults might be for you! This course will combine written and aural theory to increase understanding and explore the foundations of music. Each class will move at a speed that allows all students to gain a …

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Chamber Music for RSYO Students

Open to RSYO students, chamber music will be offered in person for the 2021-2022 season! Chamber music offers an exciting opportunity to work closely with Richmond Symphony musicians on challenging and enriching repertoire. This fall, students will work with their coach for eight rehearsals, culminating in a recital performance on Sunday, November 21, 2021. Once …

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