RCMusic Theory Certificates

RCMusic Level 5 Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level 5 Theory Exam.

RCMusic Level 6 Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level 6 Theory Exam

RCMusic Level 7 Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level 7 Theory Exam

RCMusic Level 8 Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level 8 Theory Exam

RCMusic Level 9 Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level 9 History and Level 9 Harmony Exams

RCMusic Level 10 Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level 10 History and Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint Exams

RCMusic Level ARCT Theory Certificate: RCMusic Level ARCT History, Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, and ARCT Analysis Exams

Class Details

RCMusic Level 5 Theory (Next Class) Recommended for students age 10 and younger who have passed their practical grade 4 examination.  Features treble and bass clef, key signatures to four sharps/flats, intervals, Italian terms and other musical note activities.  Study allotment 30-60 minutes per day (3-5 hours per week).  Prerequisites: Grade 4 or beginning Grade 5 piano.

RCMusic Comprehensive Level 5-6 Theory (Next Class) Recommended for students age 10 and younger who have passed their practical grade 5 examination.  Features treble and bass clef, key signatures to four sharps/flats, intervals, Italian terms and other musical note activities.  Study allotment 30-60 minutes per day (3-5 hours per week).  Prerequisites: Grade 4 or beginning Grade 5 piano.

RCMusic Comprehensive Level 5-7 Theory (Next Class) Recommended for students who have passed the practical grade 6 examinations. A grade 12 high school credit is earned when paired with the grade 8 performance exam. Features treble and bass clef, all key signatures, scales, triads, cadences, intervals, Italian terms. Study allotment 45 minutes per day (4-6 hours per week). Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 5 or 6 theory certificate or students with Grade 4 performance who read pitch names quickly and accurately, understand common meter signatures ( 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/8 and 6/8), and understand the divisions of basic rhythmic values as well as dotted notes.

RCMusic Comprehensive Level 5-8 Theory (Next Class) Fast-track class for highly motivated, bright students who are disciplined enough to complete homework assignments each week.  An average time allotment would be 60 minutes per day (5-6 hours per week).  During the last 3-4 weeks of class, theory students will need to intensify their efforts in order to prepare Mock examinations.  Class attendance is essential. $40 credit with Presentation of Intermediate Rudiments Certificate. Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 5, 6 or 7 theory certificate or students with Grade 4 performance who read pitch names quickly and accurately, understand common meter signatures ( 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/8 and 6/8), and understand the divisions of basic rhythmic values as well as dotted notes.

RCMusic Level 9 Harmony (Next Class) is the study of chord progressions that comprise music.  To feel comfortable, students need to review key signatures, chords and their technical names (tonic, dominant, etc.) which were covered in Rudiments prior to the first class.  If a year or more has passed since the Advanced Rudiments exam, students will have forgotten a substantial amount placing them at a disadvantage.  Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 8 Theory

RCMusic Level 9 History (Next Class) Presents an overview of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern composers and works.  Because students are uninitiated in old school memory work, it is the most difficult.  Definitions/terms form the heart of the material and absorbing vocabulary is the number one priority. Other components include composer’s works, biographies and piece descriptions.  Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 8 Theory

RCMusic Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class) Continuation of Basic harmony with more extensive use of minor keys and modulation.  Three new chords are introduced and students are asked to compose a 16 bar melody. Figured bass realization.   Harmonic and form analysis of sonata form, rondo, minuet and trio and the smaller forms are taught. Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 8 Theory & Level 9 Harmony

RCMuaic Level 10 History: (Next Class) Presents the music of the Medieval and Renaissance with additional music genres of Baroque and Classical.  Focus is on definitions/terms, piece descriptions and style. Due to the unfamiliarity of the early periods, exam results will be jeopardized with missing the first classes. Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 8 Theory &, Level 9 History.

RCMusic ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class) A continuation of RCMusic Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint.  Four new chromatic chords are introduced.  Students compose a 2-part 16 bar composition. Complete an composition for solo instrument and keyboard part with figured base. Analysis includes chromatic harmony and remote modulations. Best taken before RCMusic ARCT Analysis: RCMusic Level 8 Theory, Level 9 Harmony, Level 10 Harmony amd Counterpoint . Co-requisites: RCMusic ARCT Analysis

RCMusic ARCT Analysis (Next Class) Includes harmonic analysis of Classical and Romantic songs, sonatas and fugues.  Structural analysis of large forms includes sonata, sonata-rondo, rondo, fugue and songs. Prerequisites: RCMusic Level 8 Theory, Level 9 Harmony, Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint. Best taken after Co-requisites RCMusic ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint.

RCMusic ARCT History (Next Class) A wonderful romp through major Romantic and 20th century composers (Liszt, Ravel), their styles and representative works.  Emphasis is on style and piece descriptions.  Adding a touch of fun, students study Canadian composers and performers such as Glen Gould, Louis Lortie and Join Mitchell. Prerequisites: Level 9 History and Level 10 History. (Next Class)

Upcoming Theory Classes for RCMusic Exams

Private lessons are offered in all theory subjects. (See Private Theory Packages)
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