Music theory provides the tools necessary to unlock creative freedom in composition and improvisation and produces quicker learners, better sight-readers and smarter, more sensitive musicians. Students explore the parameters of music composition in hands-on ways through group activities and self-directed projects. In addition to learning the rudiments of scales, chords, basic progression and simple counterpoint, students also gain experience with computer notation programs and recording software. A formal recital of student compositions will be presented. Students must have prior note-reading instruction.