Department Head - Music Theory

James Chang received his Ph.D. degree in music theory. His earlier education included science and economics.

His compositions—including several commissioned works—and arrangements have been published and performed in the U.S. and in European and Asian countries. Most recently, he has received a commission to compose the music for the dedication of a Memorial Concert Hall in China.

In previous years, Dr. Chang has served as a charter editorial board member of several music journals. He was appointed an honorary member of China's Society. He was a guest professor in Taiwan (1996) and Hong Kong (1984-86). He has presented numerous lectures and clinics in six countries, and leads field study in China and Taiwan. Presently, he is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Music and a member of the Hong Kong Council.

Grade 3 History

As a prelude to this course, the student explores introductory concepts of the orchestra: instrumental families and their capabilities. This course then continues as an overview of the Baroque, classical, romantic and modern periods.  Topics include musical style and social context of the music, the applicable composer’s lives and important compositions.  Key terms and concepts are also included.


Grade 4 History

Like a grade three history, this course covers four historical musical periods: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and a more in-depth study of the baroque and classical areas.  The student will study the evolution of important musical forms. Again, topics include musical style and social context of the music, the applicable composer’s lives and important compositions.  Key terms and concepts are also included.

Grade 5 History

This course concentrates on the 19th and 20th centuries in music.  Music of the country in which the student resides is also included (i.e. Canada).Again, topics include musical style and social context of the music, the applicable composer’s lives and important compositions.  Key terms and concepts are also included.

 


Composition and Theory:

Judy Hogan
Donald Happen

David Neale, Coordinator

 

 

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