Purpose of RCMusic Theory Classes

"The study of music theory allows the performance to be more then a series of memorized mechanical actions." -Peter Ware

Why Study Music Theory and History? In addition to the practical aspect, a combination of theoretical and historical knowledge enriches a student’s overall understanding of music. The theory classes should be taken before or in conjunction with the performance exams.

In theoretical subjects, students will learn how to analyze and understand musical structures. They will be able to identify musical forms and devices in the music they play. They also learn about Creativity and how to write their own musical compositions.

The levels of theory include: Preliminary Rudiments, Rudiments 1, Advanced Rudiments, Basic Harmony (previously Harmony 3), Intermediate Harmony (previously Harmony 4), Counterpoint (previously Counterpoint 4), Analysis (previously Analysis 5) and Advanced Harmony (previously Harmony & Counterpoint 5). Rudiments courses cover the introductory basics of writing music. Harmony courses develop students’ skills with SATB writing. Counterpoint engages students in the techniques of polyphony, while in Analysis, students further apply their analytical skills to more complex music.

In historical areas, students will gain an appreciation for the achievements of well-known composers. They will realize the significance and craftsmanship behind select pieces of music and will learn about the lives of composers and their historical contexts. In addition, as the course progresses, students will be able to see the interconnections and developments between different historical periods. The levels of history include: History 1 (previously History 3), History 2 (previously History 4) and History 3 (previously History 5). History 1 (previously History 3) surveys the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century periods. History 2 (previously History 4) covers the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. Finally, History 3 (previously History 5) explores the Romantic period, Twentieth Century and Canadian composers. Throughout all courses, students will enjoy watching and listening to DVD’s of orchestral works and operas in class. Next Classes

Private lessons are offered in all theory subjects, call 905-479-0591 to inquire.