Rudiments Music Courses

Theory


Preparatory Theory to Level 4

Develops recognition and understanding of all elements of musical notation including pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads and chords, basic analysis and musical terms and signs. Includes music history and appreciation and melody writing at each level. While not required as a co-requisite for each grade level, it is highly recommended for concurrent study with practical exams at each level.

Level 5 Theory

 

Recognition and understanding of basic elements of musical notation. Includes study of ledger lines, enharmonic equivalents, rhythm and meter, triads and dominant 7th chords, recognition of major and minor keys and scale writing  up to four sharps or flats, octave transposition, intervals (+  -  P),basic analysis of a short composition, melody writing, and musical terms and signs. Required as co-requisite for Grade 5 practical Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.

Level 6 Theory

A continuation of Level 5 Theory, intended for students with greater music reading experience. Includes the above in greater depth including all major and minor keys, double sharps and flats, transposition at an interval, augmented and diminished intervals, identification of cadences, application of functional or root-quality chord symbols for the implied harmonies of a melody, composition ofa question-answer phrase in a major key, analysis of a short music example and music terms and signs.  Introduction to Musical Styles of the Baroque and Classical Eras will also be included.  Required as co-requisite for Level 6 practical Royal Conservatory of Music  examinations. 

Recommended Prerequisite: Level 5 Theory 

Level 7 Theory

Knowledge of elements covered in previous theory courses plus transposition of melodies up or down by any interval or to any key, irregular groupings of meter, double dotted notes and rests, scales such as blues, pentatonic, chromatic, whole-tone and octatonic, diminished and augmented triads, diminished 7th chords, dominant 7th chords and inversions, writing of cadences in keyboard style, melodic passing and neighbor tones, application of functional or root-quality chords to a melody and musical terms and signs. Required as co-requisite for Level 7  Royal Conservatory of Music  examinations. May be applied, along with Level 7 practical, as a high school grade 11 credit. 

Recommended Prerequisites:  Level 5, 6 Theory

 

Knowledge of elements covered in previous theory courses plus alto and tenor clefs, score types, transposition of melodies to concert pitch and other clefs, hybrid meters, diatonic modes, scales starting on different degrees, whole-tone and octatonic, writing of cadences in keyboard and chorale style, cluster chords, quartal chords, and polychords, melodic passing and neighbor tones, application of functional or root-quality chords to a melody and musical terms and signs. Required as co-requisite for Level 7  Royal Conservatory of Music  examinations. May be applied, along with Level 7 practical, as a high school grade 11 credit. 

Recommended Prerequisites:  Level 5, 6 ,7 Theory

Level 8 Theory

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Level 8 Theory