Learning to read and write a language is vital to truly being able to communicate in that language, and so it is for music. Being able to perform a piece without any knowledge of music theory is akin to being able to speak in a language but not read or write it. Hence the old music saying – ‘he’s a singer not a musician’ – as a higher percentage of singers lack the knowledge to read music compared to those playing other instruments.

All major music conservatories/curriculum providers have theory co-requisites for playing exams above the grade 4 level and they are also required when applying to the provincial department of Education for high school credits for Private Music Study.  (Please click on links below for specific requirements for both Conservatory Canada and the Royal Conservatory of Music and Alberta Ed.) Our group theory classes generally run January to May, are sequential in nature, and are suitable for students aged 9+. Private theory lessons are available for those preferring to study one to one.
Music Theory 1

This small group class will give you a better understanding of the language of music as it covers the basics of rhythm, melody writing, scales, intervals, chords, terms/signs, simple analysis and more. This 16-lesson class can also prepare you to complete either the Theory 1 (CC) or gr. 5 level (RCM) exams which are co-requisites for playing exams. Whether you study piano, guitar, voice, another instrument, or want to compose music for fun, this class is for you!

Classes are 45 minutes in length with a maximum of 8 students per class. Materials $35, tuition $240, yearly registration of $35 (Sept-Sept). The next class begins January 7, 2019.

Music Theory 2

A continuation of Music Theory 1, this class covers the materials necessary for Theory 2 (CC) or gr. 6 level (RCM) exams. Please contact the studio directly (musicandplay@shaw.ca) for schedules as classes are arranged based on demand.

Music Theory 3

A continuation of Music Theory 2, this class covers the materials necessary for Theory 3 (CC) or gr. 7 level (RCM) exams. Please contact the studio directly (musicandplay@shaw.ca) for schedules as classes are arranged based on demand.

high school credits for music study

RCM co-requisites

CC co-requisites