Fundamental Musicianship: Theory and Aural Skills 1 – World Campus

Grades 7-Adult
Instructor: Daniel Sawler

Tuition: $300 per semester
Tuition with lessons (10% off + 25% off): $203 per semester
Tuition with lessons and two or more concurrent 17-week classes or ensembles (15% off + 25% off): $192 per semester
Additional materials fee: $25 per semester
This is a yearlong course divided into two semesters.

Students will follow a weekly schedule of asynchronous online class learning activities. Students will also be required to attend half of the weekly hour-long synchronous online class review sessions offered throughout the course. The course facilitator will communicate with students prior to the first meeting of the class in September to schedule the review sessions.

Fundamental Musicianship: Theory and Aural Skills 1 is a foundational course that builds theory knowledge and fills gaps in fundamental music understanding.  Beginning with clef reading (treble, alto, tenor, bass), students progress through a study of pitch, rhythm, keys, modes, intervals and a brief introduction to chords.  Relevant Aural Skills are used to introduce each topic.


If you are considering taking Fundamental Musicianship: Theory and Aural Skills 1, you can download the ECMS Theory Placement Exam (pdf) and complete it at home.

When you have completed the test, you can scan it to Daniel Sawler at dsawler@esm.rochester.edu who can help determine if this course is a good fit for you as a student


How to Register

New students and students registering after mid-September: ECMS Registration Form 

Continuing ECMS students may re-register online from May until September.

Paper registration forms available upon request: (585) 274-1400

Once registered, students may begin attending classes. The only registration confirmation you will receive is your bill. You may log on to check your registrations at any time. Click here for complete details on registration and policies.