Theory

The understanding and creation of music begins with theory.  Music theory is the backbone of the language of music – an essential part of musical training. The School of Music Technology and Creativity offers individual and shared Studio lessons, as well as group classes, for all ages and all levels of music theory and composition, including Rudiments, Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis, Musicianship and Music History. Learning how music is created and notated, and knowing how to listen and appreciate all that lies beneath the notes on the paper, is a fundamental part to the development of any well rounded musician.  We make it easy and fun to learn, and the benefits speak for themselves.

VCM theory classes are designed to encourage students to relate theoretical concepts to the music they perform or listen to.  Knowing the difference between “listening to music”  as opposed to just “hearing music”, opens the door to exploring all there is to know about music, its history, and all of the various musical styles.  These areas form an integral part of our theory classes and students will be encouraged to keep up with ear-training co-requisites. Melody writing and composition are introduced at every level.

Harmony and Counterpoint are offered as individual or shared Studio lessons, and group classes can be arranged according to students’ needs. Contact Dr. Jonathan Haek, Director, School of Music Technology and Creativity for information regarding placement for these subjects, as well as subjects of Composition, Song Writing, Arranging, and studies in Music Technologies.

Many of the classes listed under the PROGRAMS tab, comprise a full year 32-week curriculum, culminating with the spring RCM theory examination session, which typically occurs during the second weekend (Friday and Saturday) in May.

Theory (Rudiments and Ear-Training) classes are comprised of 4 to 12 students. Extra sections will be added as enrollment requires. In cases where there are fewer than three students, contact Crystal Wiksyk, Coordinator for Community Theory Programs, for placement.

Please note: Class times are arranged by the instructor in consultation with registered participants. Contact Crystal Wiksyk for scheduling information.

Jonathan HaekDr. Jonathan HaekDirector,
School of Music Technology and Creativity. Email Dr. Jonathan Haek
Crystal-Wiksyk.jpgCrystal Wiksyk, Theory Program Coordinator,
Conservatory School of Classical Music.  Email Crystal Wiksyk