Karger Singers - Portland Conservatory of Music

The Karger College Prep program provides comprehensive conservatory-style musical education focused on the theoretical components of music performance and analysis.

Students meet on Saturdays and receive instruction in Music Theory, Music History, Ear Training and Chamber Music.

To participate, please note that students must be able to read music notation.

Music Theory

This course examines the fundamentals of music composition of the common practice period. Pitch, rhythm, and elements of harmony such as intervals, scales, and chords are just a few of the concepts explored.

Voice leading, musical forms and structures, as well as analytical devices are covered later in the course.

The course is divided into two semesters:

  • Music Theory I – offered in the fall semester
  • Music Theory II – offered in the spring semester

Each class involves a lecture, discussion about the class topics, in-class exercises, and written assignments.

Music History

This course is dedicated to the history of Western music, spanning from the surviving examples of ancient music to contemporary pieces from around the world. The course focuses on a select group of notable compositions and composers from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods and is designed to promote curiosity and enthusiasm for classical music.

The Music History course will also provide an opportunity to become familiar with the social and political role of music making throughout centuries, as well as musical elements related to each of those stages.

The course is divided into two semesters:

  • Music History I – offered in the fall semester
  • Music History II – offered in the Spring semester

Each class involves a lecture, listening examples, discussion about the class topics, and listening assignments.

Ear Training

This course is designed to develop the aural and singing skills of students, focusing on the tonal system and early examples of chromaticism.

Music sight-reading, rhythmic competency, singing and hearing ability, chord and interval identification, and transcription ability are some of the student learning outcomes.

Students will also learn to utilize all these skills to improve their performance skills for lessons and ensembles.

Chamber Music

Chamber ensembles of voice and mixed instruments, string quartets, trios, and many other instrumentations are formed by students, according to enrollment.*

Students are coached by a faculty member and will rehearse independently. This class develops the student’s ability to collaborate efficiently and fosters appropriate rehearsal etiquette.

Students will also achieve a deeper understanding of the style of the pieces they are performing, through exposure to information about the historical context and the composer’s ideals.

At the end of this course, students will perform in concert the selected repertoire for the chamber ensemble in which they participate.

*Non-PCM students will be accepted to participate in a given ensemble on a case by case basis.

Additional Advanced Electives

Additional advanced electives are offered on a rotating basis, once students have finished the regular curriculum.

Some of the classes offered are:

  • Post-tonal Theory
  • History of 20th Century Music
  • Music of J. S. Bach
  • Music of Latin America
  • Diction for Singers

Do you have questions?

Please give us a call at (207) 775-3356 or email our Registrar Clare Crane.