Frequently Asked Questions on RCMusic Theory Classes

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

May I take Comprehensive RCMusic Level 5, 6, 7 & 8 Theory? An exceptional 8-10 year old may be able to handle the comprehensive Level 5-8 with digelent memory and pratice. Children younger than 11 should take Preliminary Rudiments first. Next Class

What should I know for Comprehensive RCMusic Level 5, 6, 7 & 8 Theory? Students should be able to read notes quickly and fluently in at least in one clef treble, alto or bass . They should understand the basic meter signatures of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/8, and 6/8. They should understand the basic divisions of rhythm (fractions), such as one quarter note equals two eighth notes, which equals four sixteenth notes, etc. Next Class

What is expected of me in Theory Classes? Students must memorize everything as required by the instructor and complete the substantial homework. The class is not for undisciplined, lazy students. Parents may need to help young children memorize essential information. Parents may attend the class if space is available. Parents must sit in the class if space is available when the child has trouble paying attention or has discipline problems. Next Class
(See information about the three rudiment classes.)

What should I take after Comprehensive RCMusic Level 5, 6, 7 & 8 Theory? Students should proceed immediately to Level 9 Harmony. All of the information learned in Level 5-8 Theory forms the essential foundation upon which harmony rests. If a time gap occurs, students forget essential information and will consequently feel lost in Level 9 Harmony. Level 9 Harmony does not teach these rudimentary concepts. Level 9 Harmony Next Class

What should I take after RCMusic Level 9 Harmony? Students may progress to RCMusic Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint or Level 9 History. Level 9 History requires an extended vocabulary, communication skills, memorization and retention of ideas and words. If the student is capable of expressing complex ideas verbally, has strong vocabulary and easily fits into conversation with adults, they may progress according to their own desires. For young students, RCMusic Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint is a better choice. RCMusic Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint Next Class

What is required for Associate (ARCT) theory certificate?
ARCT History, ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, and ARCT Analysis. Next Class

What ARCT class should I take first?
ARCT History may be taken at any time. For the other classes, take them in the following order: ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, then Analysis. Coming directly from Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, go to ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint and then to ARCT Analysis. ARCT History could be the first or last course. Next Class

What should I take private lessons or a class?
Classes offer 27-30 hours of information presentation, idea expansion and extensive repetition of application at a rate of $11 to $14 per hour. Private lessons range from $40-$60 per hour. Though private lessons may address a specific topic, presentation time is abbreviated offering little depth or richness. It is clearly advisable to take the classes and supplement with private lessons for missed classes, clarification or personal help. Free workshops offer additional support through repetition of skills in rudiments and harmony as a homework helper, but do not feature in-depth presentation of material.

Financial considerations aside, private lessons do not generally feature much “test time” allocation in which students reconcile with their own actual abilities. In private lessons, students work with teacher assistance and feel that they “understand it” without validation by testing. In contrast, testing is an integral part and time allocation in the classes. Classes allow students, parents and teachers to evaluate progress and skill level on a weekly basis. Many students respond and rely on “grade motivation”, a healthy stimulator for cultivating a skill.

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