Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Janette Brown
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

NWYO Education Opportunities

NWYO Education Opportunities

NWYO Education Opportunities

Learn more about our classes in Music Theory, Music History, Chamber Music (Symphony Strings only), and Concert Orchestra Mentoring (Symphony Strings only).

Scroll down for complete info on each course.

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Music Theory - open to Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra musicians

Music Theory 1

This introductory course seeks to provide students with a basic understanding of music theory concepts that are fundamental to developing fine musicianship. During nine class sessions, students will explore a variety of topics including reading music in treble and bass clef, major and perfect intervals, major key signatures, major scales, the fundamentals of rhythm and meter, and basic ear training. Students will explore examples of the course material in the classical literature, and practice applying the material in informal performance situations. Topics covered during each class will be cumulative; therefore consistent attendance is essential to the student’s successful mastery of the material. This module is designed for students who have had little previous instruction in music theory.

Class consists of nine sessions and meets from 12:00-12:50pm on Sundays in Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University. Students registering for Music Theory will take a pre-test on August 19 to determine appropriate course level. Fall classes begins September 9, 2018. Exact class dates will be communicated to students on the first day of class.

Class size is limited to 15. Cost: $50/session.

Requirements: Take a scheduled music theory pre-test, details to be communicated as registrations are received.

Music Theory 2

This nine-week course is a continuation of Theory 1. Students will continue to develop fluency in major keys, major and perfect intervals, rhythm and meter, and aural skills. This module also introduces minor intervals, minor key signatures, and minor scales. Students will explore examples of the course material in the classical literature, and practice applying the material in informal performance situations. Topics covered during each class will be cumulative; therefore consistent attendance is essential to the student’s successful mastery of the material. This module is designed for students who have had little previous instruction in music theory. Class size is limited to 15.

This second semester class consists of nine sessions and meets from 12:00-12:50pm on Sundays in Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University. Registration information and start date will be communicated in December 2018.

Class size is limited to 15. Cost: $50/session. 

Music Theory - open to Concert Orchestra musicians

Music Theory 1

New offering in 2018-2019! This introductory course seeks to provide Concert Orchestra students with a basic understanding of music theory concepts that are fundamental to developing fine musicianship. During nine class sessions, students will explore a variety of topics including reading music in treble and bass clef, major and perfect intervals, major key signatures, major scales, the fundamentals of rhythm and meter, and basic ear training. Students will explore examples of the course material in the classical literature, and practice applying the material in informal performance situations. Topics covered during each class will be cumulative; therefore consistent attendance is essential to the student’s successful mastery of the material. This module is designed for students who have had little previous instruction in music theory.

Class consists of nine sessions and meets from 2:30-3:20pm on Sundays in Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University. Students registering for Music Theory will take a pre-test on August 19 to determine appropriate course level. Fall classes begins September 9, 2018. Exact class dates will be communicated to students on the first day of class.

Class size minimum: 3 Class size maximum: 15. Cost: $50/session.

Music History - open to Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra musicians

 This year-long course is designed to provide a foundational knowledge of the history of Western Music, from the Baroque to the modern era. We will explore the major periods of western music through listening and study, gaining a knowledge of important composers, music styles and traits, and the history that surrounds them. This class is designed for students looking to put their musical repertoire into context while preparing for collegiate placement exams. Music history is the story of musicians building upon the practices of the past; therefore, it is important that students choosing to enroll commit to consistent attendance as to not miss the steps taken by composers to arrive at the music of today.

The nine-week first semester will cover the Baroque and Classical periods and the nine-week second semester will cover the Romantic and Modern periods of music. Instructor will place emphasis on the composers and repertoire that the Philharmonic and Symphony orchestras are performing during the season.

Class meets from 12:00-12:50pm on Sundays in Lilly Hall on the campus of Butler University. Class begins September 9, 2018. Exact class dates will be communicated to students on the first day of class.

Class size is limited to 15. Cost: $50/semester.

Chamber Strings - open to Symphony Orchestra string musicians only

This offering is designed to give string players the opportunity to play in a chamber music setting and receive instruction in higher-level chamber music techniques, such as style, sound, listening, and tuning. Three sessions will be offered, one for each main concert cycle. Chamber strings receive coaching from Indy area university music professors and professionals. Sessions will culminate in performances on stage at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Enrollment is on a per cycle basis.

This class meets Sundays from 4-5pm at Butler University in Lilly Hall room 112.

Cost: $25/cycle.

Concert Orchestra Mentors - open to Symphony Orchestra string musicians only

Symphony Orchestra string players are invited to serve as mentors to Concert Orchestra musicians by attending and participating in Concert Orchestra rehearsals. We believe that the experience of playing with older musicians can benefit and motivate the younger string players. Mentors must commit to attending Concert Orchestra rehearsals from 4-5 pm each Sunday, unless their own Symphony Orchestra schedules conflict. Mentors are also expected to attend the Concert Orchestra concerts on October 28 and February 10.

Cost: none

 

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