Music School

theory Lessons

We offer a comprehensive list of theory courses to complement studies of any musical instruments and high school accreditation in accordance with the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination syllabus. With our advanced teaching tools and experienced instructors, 90% of our enrolled students score higher than the national average score in RCM exams, an enviable testament to our school’s successful teaching methods that are systematic and effective.

Theory classes of all levels commence every February (Winter session), May (Spring session), July (Summer session) and September (Fall session). The Spring session (weekly classes) and the Summer session (daily classes) prepare enrolled students for the August RCM exams whereas the Fall session (weekly classes) and the Winter session (weekly classes) are offered in preparation for the December and May RCM exams respectively. Euromusic Centre is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment for all of our enrolled students.


 

Theory Class Level 5 & 6  
   
  • • Pitch - double sharps and double flats
  • • Key signatures - up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • • Rhythms - simple and compound time, including irregular groupings
  • • Scales - major and minor, blues, major pentatonic, minor pentatonic, octatonic scale
  • • Intervals
  • • Triads
  • • Recognition of keys
  • • Transposition - from clef to clef, octave to octave, in major keys
  • • Cadences in keyboard style
  • • Analysis
  • • Musical terms and signs
  Level 7 & 8  
   
  • • Clefs – including alto and tenor clefs
  • • Rhythm – hybrid meters
  • • Scales – major, minor, modes
  • • Intervals
  • • Chords – major, minor, augmented, diminished and dominant 7th.
  • • Cadences – perfect and plagal
  • • Transposition
  • • Score Types
  • • Analysis
  • • Musical terms and signs
  Level 5 to 8  
   
  • • Combined course consisting of all materials from Level 5 to 8 Theory classes.
Harmony Class Level 9  
  Basic elements of musical notation:
  • • Chords – Root position and all inversions; Chord symbols
  • • Pedal Points
  • • Sequences
  • • Modulation
  • • Non-chord Notes
  • • Form
  Level 10  
  HARMONY & COUNTERPOINT
  • • Materials required for Level 9 Harmony, in major and minor keys
  • • Chords – Root position and all inversions; Root position only; Chord symbols
  • • Pedal Points
  • • Sequences
  • • Modulation
  • • Form
  ARCT  
  HARMONY & COUNTERPOINT
  • • Materials required for Level 9 Harmony, Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint
  • • Chords – Root position and all inversions
  • • Modulations
  • • Add a bass part to a given soprano melody. Continue the style of the
  • • opening to create a unified contrapuntal composition in Baroque style.
  • • Add a soprano melody to a given bass. Continue the style of the opening to create a unified contrapuntal composition in Baroque style.
  • • To a given part, add a second part in invertible counterpoint at the octave or 15th to create a composition with imitation or subject and counter subject.
  • • Analysis of a fugal exposition: identify subject, real and tonal
  • • answers, counter subjects, codetta, stretto redundant entries and counter exposition.
  ARCT Analysis  
  Students are taught forms, detailed analysis and full chord symbols. Forms to cover:
  • • Binary
  • • Rounded Binary
  • • Ternary
  • • Rondo
  • • Theme and Variations
  • • Sonata form
  • • Fugue
  • • Song-strophic, modified strophic, through-composed
History Class Level 9  
   
  • • General knowledge of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods
  • • Lives, music and styles of important composers of the Romantic period
  • • Specific compositions
  • • Definition of terms and forms with names of composers and compositions
  Level 10  
   
  • • Knowledge of music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods
  • • Specific compositions
  • • Definition of terms and forms with names of composers and compositions
  ARCT  
   
  • • General knowledge of the 20th century
  • • Music of Canada in the 20th century
  • • Lives, music and styles of important composers of the 20th century
  • • Specific compositions
  • • Definitions of terms and forms etc.