Fundamental Musicianship: Theory and Aural Skills 1

Grades 7-Adult
Four sections:

Monday – 
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Lukas Perry
Room: MSH304

Wednesday – 
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Daniel Sawler
Room: MSH221

Friday –
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Daniel Sawler
Room: MSH304

Saturday – 
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Daniel Sawler
Room: MSH221

TBD – 
Daniel Sawler
World Campus Online Section

Tuition: $308 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.

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.

*Updated to reflect 2022-2023 year


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

When you have completed the test, you can either:

  1. Scan it to Daniel Sawler at dsawler@esm.rochester.edu; or
  2. Give it to the ECMS office, Messinger Hall, room 321.

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.