Classical music is the general term given the European art music tradition. Most aspects of classical music study are identical to any other major genre of music study. Jazz and higher level progressive rock use the same scales and arpeggios, and given that sound and tonal harmony are universal, music harmony, chordal and melodic theory and reading music (notation) will be the same.
However, when studying the European art music tradition we will explore music from the Medieval period, the Renaissance period, and the Common Practice period which includes the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, and finally through to contemporary classical music. we will also look at classical form such as sonata form, concerto, symphonic poem etc, and compositional techniques such as counterpoint and fugue. We will explore European music history, conducting music and the conductor, and of course we will learn material from the classical repertoire of the great composers from Bach to Beethoven. There is also a much greater emphasis on classical and Italian terminology, and also some terminology from French and German.