Cairn Community Arts Academy offers an online music theory course that equips high school through adult aged student with a comprehensive, fundamental knowledge of Music Theory and qualifies as a Pre-AP course. Using a textbook, instructor generated materials, and online resources, this course focuses on written theory/analysis, composition, musical form, conducting, contextual listening and aural skills, along with work in rhythm and sight-singing. Basic computer technology skills (including scanning/uploading assignments and videos) are a necessary component of this course. Assistance in learning these skills is available from the Cairn University Technology Services Department.
Our Spring Semester class is currently taking registrations. Class runs January 11-April 25. The registration deadline is December 21. You may register for this course by clicking here.
Our instructor, Suzanne Schmidt bring a love of teaching, a pursuit of excellence, and a wealth of experience to her classroom and studio. Mrs. Schmidt graduated from The University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Music Degree (BM) with a double major in performance and music education and a double minor in music history and music theory. In addition to earning her Kodály certification, Mrs. Schmidt received her Master of Music Education Degree (MMEd), with distinction, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She has taught all levels of music in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in both public and Christian schools, served as a choral director/theory instructor at the Csehy Summer School of Music, and taught as an adjunct and online music theory instructor in Rider University’s Educational Opportunity Program, where she also co-authored an online music fundamentals course.
Mrs. Schmidt developed and taught a composition based, four level program in music theory at Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, PA, for over 22 years. Her program received national recognition as the Middle States Regional recipient of the 2013-2014 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, the first music theory program to ever receive this prestigious award. As a Faculty Consultant for the Educational Testing Service, Mrs. Schmidt has been involved in the grading of Advanced Placement Music Theory Exams since 2002 and currently serves in AP Leadership as the Assistant to the Chief Reader. Mrs. Schmidt helped establish the NAfME (MENC) National Standard No. 4 for music composing and arranging as a contributing teacher. She has also presented music theory and aural skills workshops at local, state, and national levels. In addition to being selected to the 2002 USA TODAY All-USA Teacher Team, Mrs. Schmidt is a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians, and is a popular adjudicator for piano auditions in the Mid-Atlantic region.