Music Theory

Program Outline

Our theory classes (Preparatory to level 8) go beyond the teaching of music theory, integrating ear-training, music history/style and melody writing, offering students a well-rounded music education. As of level 9, separate History classes and studio instruction are offered for all subjects including Harmony 9, Harmony and Counterpoint 10, and ARCT theory.

Our theory classes benefit students of all instruments and genres and are a perfect complement to instrumental or vocal lessons. Our curriculum is aligned with the new 2016 Royal Conservatory of Music theory syllabus. Students planning to write a co-requisite RCM theory examination during the May session, can obtain examination registration details from their theory class instructor.
It is strongly suggested that studies in music theory and ear-training begin as soon as possible in a student’s musical education. Starting with the VCM’s Early Childhood Music programs, such as Orff, and Sounds Fun, and on through the Suzuki and other beginner methods with individual lessons, many beginner aspects of “music literacy” are incorporated into these programs. Children as of age 7 taking studio instruction, are strongly encouraged to also enroll in our one term Preparatory theory courses that serve as an introduction to music theory and ear-training, or an enrichment to fundamentals introduced through Early Childhood Music programs. Students in Preparatory Theory will learn to read music or continue improving their reading skills in both pitch and rhythm, as well as related aural skills. Parents are encouraged to participate and often enjoy the classes as much as their children!

Our adult theory classes integrate theory, ear-training and sight reading to develop musical literacy. Students will gain a deeper understanding of music and develop a life-long appreciation of how music “works.”

Individual and shared studio instruction (small groups for 2 to 4 students) is available for all subjects and lesson times can often be arranged according to student’s needs. Distance learning is available for some of our theory classes!

Please contact the School of Music Technology and Creativity’s Theory Program Coordinator for more information and to ensure proper placement in our classes:

Program Details

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Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal is a theory and musicianship instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she coordinates theory programming for the School of Music Technology and Creativity. Crystal teaches group classes as well as individual lessons at the VCM, and has taught theory and musicianship classes for the VCM/Camosun College Diploma program. She is the co-author of three publications for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is the Artistic Director of Theory Programs for the VCM Summer Academy. Crystal is a Royal Conservatory certified theory teacher and long-time member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association. Her students are often the […]