Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Classes

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.

Individual and shared studio instruction 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:

New this year:

Composition Clubs 
A valuable supplement to Sound Advice theory and ear-training for beginners, students will balance their studies in music theory and ear-training with creative applications in the Composition Club. Using material from the Sound Advice program, improve music reading skills in both pitch and rhythm as well as related aural skills and apply new skills by learning to compose music. Click here for more details.

Sound Advice + Composition
See below for details

Program Details

The following courses are designed to cover two levels per year but this varies depending on the level of the students. Students will be prepared to write the higher-level RCM instrumental or vocal examination during the May session. Prerequisite: the previous theory level or equivalent.

Full Year: Week of Sept 10 - Jun 10

$672 • Downtown

Sound Advice on Saturdays
Using material from the Sound Advice program, students will improve music reading skills in both pitch and rhythm and apply new skills by learning to compose music. This course will include group composition projects that will hone skills in creative thinking, listening, and teamwork, all presented in a fun and engaging way. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels to be held on Saturday afternoon. To be arranged with the coordinator.

Prep Classes for Beginners, Ages 7 - 9
Students learn to read music and/or improve their music reading skills. Courses lay a foundation for further studies of any instrument and enrich early studies.
To be arranged with the coordinator.

Theory Level 3 / 4
If you are in RCM grades 1 - 3 instrumental or voice, or have played an instrument for several years, this is where you want to start.
Mon • TBA

Theory Level 4 / 5
Tue OR Wed • 5:00-6:00pm

Theory Level 6
Thu • 5:00-6:00pm

Theory Level 6 / 7
Mon • 5:00-6:00pm

Theory Level 7
Mon OR Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm

Theory Level 7 / 8
Fri • 4:30 - 5:30pm

Theory Level 8
Tue OR Thu • 6:00-7:00pm

Introduction to Harmony
Students are introduced to subjects such as four-part harmony, counterpoint, and song writing. An excellent foundation for further studies in Harmony.
To be arranged with the coordinator.

Composition Clubs
Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Clubs • Junior Club will also be offered in combination with Sound Advice Level 3, so that students learn theory, ear training, and composition together.
To be arranged with the instructor:

Sound Advice + Composition
Sat • 16 classes @ 1 hr • $336 •  Jan - Jun


Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal Wiksyk is a theory and musicianship instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she coordinates the Classical Music Theory program within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory of Classical Music. 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 also leads the Music Theory programming for the VCM’s Summer Academy. Crystal is a Royal Conservatory certified theory teacher and long-time member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association.