Students are free to choose whatever level of theory they feel would fit and interest them. They are allowed to change levels any day of the camp, provided they speak with the teacher of their current class first.
Beginning Theory 1 A/B (Two concurrent sessions led by Danielson and Hoormann) – The Beginning Theory class does not presume any prior knowledge of music theory on the part of the students. The topics covered in this class include: major and minor scales, intervals, major and minor triads, basic seventh chords, and the 12-bar blues form.
Intermediate Theory 2 – (led by Benoit) - The Intermediate Theory class assumes that the student is understands the concepts covered in the Beginning Theory class. New topics covered in this class include: modal scales, 7th, 9th, and "sus" chords, the ii-V-I progression, and 32-bar song forms.
Advanced Theory 3 – (led by Reuter) - The Advanced Theory class assumes that the student understands the concepts covered in the Intermediate Theory class. New topics will vary depending upon the background and interests of the students, but may include such things as: altered scales and chords, quartal chords, chord voicings, chord substitutions, asymmetrical meters, non-standard song forms, and compositional techniques.
Jazz Composition 4 – (led by Helbing) - Students study, discuss, compose, and arrange their own tunes under the guidance of Stockton Helbing. Students should have a thorough understanding of the concepts covered in the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced theory courses.