Throughout their early education, children are taught basic subjects like math and science to help them better understand the world around them. Artistic courses were often deemed less important, despite exposing children to a new realm of interests. This is where The Music and Language Learning Center, or the MLLC, comes in.
The MLLC provides a wide variety of courses regarding the study of music, along with three language classes: French, Spanish, and Portuguese. All levels of education are welcome; in other words, no prior experience is needed to take these courses.
Each course is held online with three different types of classes: flexible, multi-day, and private tutoring, or one-on-one. Flexible courses do not meet live and are instead taught through assignments. Multi-day courses meet at scheduled times over a period, and private tutoring is individual teaching.
No matter how we instruct, our goal is to teach students from all backgrounds about the wonders of music and language. Through our courses, we want to help them shape their interests and gain a better understanding of what they chose to learn more about.
It’s never too late to take up a new hobby, even if it’s as simple as music appreciation. Let’s read about the courses the MLLC has to offer.
ABRSM Music Theory in Practice
Students who take this course are taught music theory through lectures, listening assignments, exercises, and readings based on topics outlined in The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, or ABRSM.
The ABRSM is one of the world’s leading providers of music exams, giving both students and teachers the opportunity to build musical skills and create pathways to their educational journeys.
This course is recommended for ages 9-17, with lessons lasting 30-60 minutes. Courses range from grades 1-8.
Students who take this course will learn about musical pitch, notation, rhythm, scales, intervals, and triads. The information outlined in this course is based on the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, a music education institution that aims to develop human potential and increase personal growth through music and the arts.
This class is recommended for ages 7-18 and is taught over a span of 7-9 weeks. Courses range from levels 1-8.
Students who take this course will focus on listening and transcribing, along with conducting, singing, and examining rhythm as a basis for understanding what they hear.
By the end of the course, students will be able to sing and notate certain harmonies and melodies with the use of contemporary tunes.
This course is recommended for ages 9-15 and is taught over a span of 11-13 weeks. An introductory level to this class is available, along with “Music for Sight-Seeing” courses, which begin the singing portions of ear training.
This course is intended to help students develop a deeper enthusiasm for and enjoyment of music. Students who take this course will not only improve their listening skills, but will also be introduced to different musical elements, style periods, and forms.
Music Appreciation will also touch on the lives of composers, their individual styles, and works to enhance students’ curiosity.
This course is recommended for ages 8-18 and is taught over a span of 4-14 weeks, depending on which class you choose. Three course offerings are available: An Overview, Introduction, and World Music.
This course dives into individual musical periods throughout our history. Specifically, students will learn about composers, works, music theory, performance practices, and the music styles of each period.
Music History will also teach students the cultural and intellectual history of these times periods and how it affected music during that time.
This class is recommended for ages 10-15 and is held between 7-18 weeks, depending on the course. The following courses are being offered: Baroque Period, Classical Period, Medieval Period, Romantic Period, Renaissance Period, Twentieth-Century, History of Jazz, and History of Rock and Roll.
This course is intended for students to improve their skills in ear training and musical composition. Additional topics taught throughout our course offerings include melodic and rhythmic dictation, detecting errors in music, and the basic building blocks of music theory.
Assignments related to Music Theory involve working with other students. For instance, students may be asked to listen to and provide positive feedback on other students’ listening assignments and participate in interactive class discussions.
This course is recommended for ages 10-18 and can be taught for a span of 1-16 weeks, depending on the class. Course offerings range from beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, along with a class for any level and “Music Theory: Twentieth Century”.
Trinity College of Music
This course is intended to prepare students for the Trinity College of Music Theory exam. Trinity College London is a credible institution that provides assessments in music, helping students progress in the arts and develop skills that encourage and build confidence in them. Students will be taught through lectures, readings, exercises, and listening assignments.
This course is recommended for ages 8-18 and can occur between 8-16 weeks, depending on the class. Course offerings range from grades 1-8, as the Trinity College of Music Theory exam is offered for these eight different levels.
The languages taught through the MLLC require no prior knowledge. Students will learn through vocabulary lists and writing exercises and will be evaluated based on participation. By the end of each course, students will have developed strong skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in their chosen language.
French courses are recommended for ages 5-18 and can range from 8-18 weeks depending on the class. These courses include introductory, intermediate, and advanced lessons.
Portuguese courses are recommended for ages 5-18 and can range from 8-12 weeks depending on the class. These courses include introductory, intermediate, and advanced lessons as well.
Spanish courses are recommended for ages 5-18 and include a section of classes specific for ages 5-7. Spanish classes can range from 8-16 weeks; however, some are available for one-time sessions. The MLLC offers a wide variety of Spanish courses, including lessons on counting to 100, months and seasons, and beginning to advanced levels.
Which Course Will You Choose?
Whether you decide to brush up on your music history or take up a new language, broadening your knowledge of the arts will help you better understand yourself. You might not realize how much you enjoy French culture until you take that step to learn their language!
However, it’s not always easy to do so. We understand that which is why we’re here to help. Let’s take that first step together!