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Community Music DivisionChildren's Music Theory

Children's Beginning Music Theory & Composition

For students between the ages of 6 and 12. An introduction to the language of music, both written and aural. Students should be currently enrolled in private music lessons or in a school band, orchestra, or choir.

Fall 2022

Instructor: Dennis Northerner

Meeting Time: Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, Room 2118

Dates: November 10 - January 26 (9 weeks)

Price: $225.00

CEU Credit: .9 units

Spring 2023

Instructor: Dennis Northerner

Meeting Time: Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Diehn Fine and Performing Arts, Room 2118

Dates: February 9 - April 13, 2023 (9 weeks)

Price: $225.00

CEU Credit: .9 units


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Dennis Northerner

Dennis Holden-Northerner earned his Masters in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Music Education with an emphasis on applied percussion performance at Old Dominion University under Professor David L. Walker. He teaches and performs all over the Hampton Roads area in all areas of percussion, such as snare drum, mallet percussion, drum set, timpani, auxiliary percussion, and hand drums.

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Materials provided by instructor


Beginning Level Vocal or Instrumental training

Delivery Method

Live, in class lecture

Learning Objective

Prepare the students to:

  • Analyze the material they are working on
  • Understand and read notes on treble and bass clefs
  • Understand time signatures, note values, and rhythms
  • Recognize intervals by ear and notation
  • Understand Scales and Triads
  • Understand 4-measure phrases
  • Receive encouragement to write and notate simple melodies and harmonies

Target Audience

Beginning Musicians ages 6 to 12

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