The understanding and creation of Classical music begins with theory.  Classical music theory is the backbone of the language of music – an essential part of musical training. The Conservatory School of Classical Music offers for students from young to adult, individual and shared studio lessons, as well as group classes, at all levels of Classical music theory, 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.

Instruction in Classical music theory, is 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 this broad range of music, its history spanning hundreds of years, and all of the various musical styles.  These areas form an integral part of our classes and lessons, and students will be encouraged to keep up with ear-training co-requisites. Melody writing and elements of 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 Crystal Wiksyk, Coordinator of Classical Music Theory, for information regarding placement for these subjects.

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.

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 for placement.

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


Crystal Wiksyk, Coordinator of Classical Music Theory,
School of Music Technology and Creativity.
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Notice: All programs within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music / Classical Theory do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review these programs.