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5 THINGS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENT SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING A MUSIC COLLEGE

Posted on November 28, 2014 with 0 comments

1) Key Signatures in treble and bass clef.
2) Major Scales
3) The Relative Minor Scale from the Major Scale
4) The Diatonic Triads and Seventh chords in each of the major scales.

5) Develop a greater curiosity of music you are not familiar with. This will help you discover global music that you have been unaware of and also shine a light on the origins of the music you like.`

I have be a member of the Berklee College of Music Faculty
for the past 36 years. There certainly have been many changes
in the compositional styles of music and the technology that is used to produce the sounds of this music. Regardless of any of these changes there is is still one truth that applies to almost
every facet of popular or tonal music. We are all working with the same twelve notes. I know that there are exceptions to any rule, but in popular music they are few and far between. While in high school our students need to understand the importance of working with these twelve notes.

The first four topics are essential information for any music student who will be attending a degree granting institution. I have witnessed this epidemic first hand in my
classes at Berklee.