I'm eyeing some music courses at the College of DuPage, which is down the street from my job. I think it's about time I learn some music theory to help me out a bit when I'm stuck. Why CoD? It's inexpensive, it's close, AND most of their classes offer evening hours, which is a huge benefit for me, since I work 9-5.
Two options: I can start off with the basic courses, or I can arrange to meet with the professor, tell him/her what I know, give them a CD with my compositions, and let them decide if they want to put me in a higher-up class. Here are the classes I'm looking at (they must be all taken concurrently):
Music Theory I
3 credit hours
Introductory studies in music including fundamentals, figured bass realization, analysis of small structures and music writing. Emphasis on diatonic harmony. Simultaneous enrollment in Music 1107 and 1171 is required. (3 lecture hours)
Aural Skills I
1 credit hour
The study of ear training and sightsinging utilizing diatonic materials. Course content includes the recognition of intervals, scales and modes, as well as dictation of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic material reinforcing concepts presented in Music Theory I (Music 1101). Students must be registered concurrently in Music 1101 and 1171. (3 lab hours)
Class Piano I
1 credit hour
Development of fundamental keyboard skills as well as basic reading and music theory fundamentals. Introduction to basic playing techniques. Emphasizes awareness of musical notation, rhythm and rhythmic patterns, tonal patterns and keyboard skills. (2 lab hours)
So, any suggestions? Is this a good starting point? Some of you are familiar with my abilities, limited as they are. For those of you who aren't, check the URL below. Any advice is appreciated. I basically want to take away something valuable from these classes, that I can apply to my soundtrack work.