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music education classes for 2019-20

MYS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive musical experience for all of our students. We offer additional music education classes led by Terry Burk, our Music Education Instructor of over 25 years. These classes are available at no additional cost to MYS students and their families.

Taking advantage of our music education classes strengthen students' overall skills as musicians, and helps prepare students for college coursework. In many cases our courses have helped students test out of college requirements!

Please note: class sizes are limited and registration is required. Click here to register. 


This ear training course is designed specifically for students in Philharmonic and Repertory Orchestras. In the short term, it will give students additional skills to become stronger overall musicians and stronger players in orchestra. In the long term, it will give students a head start toward what they will be expected to learn in music theory at the collegiate/conservatory level should they decide to pursue music as a career. The course content will be similar to what is covered in “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad T.E.E.”, but adapted for younger students. Please refer to the course description for “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad T.E.E.” for further details.

Class Information (Trimesters 2 & 3):

Philharmonic & Repertory Orchestras: 9:00-9:45am, Choir Room, Highland

Class Dates (16 sessions): Nov. 16, 23, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 (12 hours of class)

WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD T.E.E. (Theory Entrance Exam)

It is coming...the dreaded conservatory/college music theory entrance exam! Learn what to expect and how to “stay cool” under pressure during your test. Several MYS graduates have reported back that they were able to place in a higher level music theory class or test out of some of their freshman music theory ear training course work as a result of taking this course. Empower yourself by learning how to demonstrate what you DO know when you face your actual test.

This ear-training course is designed to help students:

-Develop relative pitch (or develop harmonic and intervallic listening skills for pitch recognizers)

-Recognize and identify intervals, chord color and chord position

-Learn to take melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation

-Gain experience through a series of mock exams similar to those given to entering freshmen at conservatories or colleges.

Class Information (Trimesters 2 & 3):

Symphony Orchestra: Noon-12:45pm, Choir Room, Highland

Class Dates (16 classes): Nov. 16, 23, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 (12 hours of class)