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Choir Students Grow Their Music Knowledge Through UTheory

November 13, 2020

At the beginning of the year. Students enrolled in Junior High Choir, High School Choir, and Pop Chorale started learning music theory through the "UTheory" program. This program is an online tool that the students are using (for FREE) to learn more about how music works by teaching basic principles of music theory. Portions of this program is dedicated to lessons in three main areas: 1) Rhythm, 2) Pitch and Harmony, and 3) Ear Training.

As students complete lessons in the program, they are also tested on what they learn from the video lessons by completing interactive "skill practices". this interactive feature measures how well a student grasps a concept that the Lesson is trying to teach by having them complete mini activities. The results of these practices are stored in a 'grade book' that the students an instructor can easily view and go back to keep practicing to make these scores better.

When they complete lessons, students can also work to improve on individual skills that are taught throughout the program. For instance, if a student has a less than great score in playing eighth note patterns, they can choose to play exercises that include eighth-note patterns to improve that ability to see and perform eighth notes.

Some students were asked to write about their experience with UTheory, One review is shown below!

"UTheory is a website that we use to help us learn the piano the staff’s etc..  I find it very helpful. UTheory allows you to try the session again until you feel comfortable with where you’re at. I would definitely recommend UTheory to help you with musical assignments."

 

Students who have continued to participate in UTheory assignments have shown signs of musical growth both in their performance in choir class, and in their abilities to read music. Students who are also enrolled in band have remarked about their ability to play and read band music better as well!

 

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