RCMusic Theory & Performance Certificates

Required Classes Linked to the Next Occurring Class. Click for Performance Certificates

RCMusic Level 5 Theory Certificate Requirement:
RCMusic Level 5 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Level 6 Theory Certificate Requirement:
RCMusic Level 6 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Level 7 Theory Certificate Requirement:
RCMusic Level 7 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Level 8 Theory Certificate Requirement:
RCMusic Level 8 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Level 9 Theory Certificate Requirement:  
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 Harmony (Next Class)

RCMusic Level 10 Theory Certificate Requirement:
RCMusic Examinations Level 10 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class)

RCMusic Associate (ARCT) Theory Certificate Requirement:
RCMusic Examinations Level ARCT History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level ARCT Analysis (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations Grades 5 Performance Theory Requirement:
RCMusic Level 5 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)
or RCMusic Level 6 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)
or RCMusic Level 7 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)
or RCMusic Level 8 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations Grades 6 Performance Theory Requirement:
RCMusic Level 6 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)
or RCMusic Level 7 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)
or RCMusic Level 8 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations Grades 7 Performance Theory Requirement:
RCMusic Examinations Level 7 Rudiments (Next Class)
or RCMusic Level 8 Rudiments Examination (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations Grades 8 Performance Theory Requirement:
RCMusic Examinations Level 8 Rudiments (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations Grade 9 Piano Theory Requirements:
RCMusic Examinations Level 8 Rudiments (Next Class))
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 Harmony (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations Grade 10 Performance Theory Requirements:
RCMusic Examinations Level 8 Rudiments (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 10 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 Harmony (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class)

RCMusic Examinations ARCT Performance Theory Requirement:
RCMusic Examinations Level 8 Rudiments (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 10 History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level ARCT History (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 9 Harmony (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint (Next Class)
RCMusic Examinations Level ARCT Analysis (Next Class)

Class Details

Level 5 Rudiments is 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. Next Class

Level 5-6 Rudiments is 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: Grade 4 or Basic Rudiments. Next Class

Level 5-6-7-8 Rudiments is a 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.  $50 credit with Presentation of Intermediate Rudiments Certificate. Prerequisites: Basic Rudiments, Intermediate Rudiments 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. Next Class

Level 9 Harmony 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: Advanced Rudiments. Next Class

Level 9 History 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: Advanced Rudiments. Next Class

Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint is a 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.   Harmonic and form analysis of sonata form, rondo, minuet and trio and the smaller forms are taught. Prerequisites: Basic Harmony. Next Class

Level 10 History 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: History 1. Next Class

Level ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint is a continuation of Intermediate.  Four new chromatic chords are introduced.  Students compose a 2-part 16 bar composition.  Analysis includes chromatic harmony and remote modulations. Prerequisites: Intermediate Harmony. Next Class

Level ARCT History is 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: History 2. Next Class

Level ARCT Analysis 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: Intermediate Harmony. Co-requisites: Advanced Harmony and/or Counterpoint. Next Class