Music Theory

theoryGraphicMusic Theory is the formal language of western music and is essential knowledge for all musicians. Ragazzi takes pride in training musicians, not just singers singing by rote. Our chorister-musicians must be able to “hang” with the professionals with whom we often work (San Francisco Symphony, West Bay Opera, etc.). They have to understand and speak the same language.

In fact, Ragazzi’s theory program is so thorough that older choristers find they are well-prepared to take the AP Music Theory course and examination in high school. Ragazzi boys who continue to study music in college have likewise found themselves well-prepared for success in college music theory courses.

Ragazzi’s Music Theory program is taught with a series of take-home workbooks, plus complementary classroom lessons taught during weekly rehearsals. Theory is also taught at Ragazzi’s exclusive summer camp. The workbook program is designed to take six semesters, assuming one lesson is completed per week during the season. Because the workbook program is self-paced, boys who wish to work faster may do so. The goal of the theory program is mastery of the material – there are no grades.

Placement in the next chorus level depends in part on completion of the relevant Theory Program level.