Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Classes

Program Outline

Sound Advice is a complete theory and musicianship program where theory, ear-training, sight-reading, music history and composition are integrated to develop musical literacy. Where applicable, students are prepared for the theory and ear-training components of instrumental/vocal examinations, high school
credits, and postsecondary theory placement but the main reason to take Sound Advice theory classes is to develop a deeper understanding of how music “works” and to foster a life-long enjoyment of music. Students can sometimes cover two levels per year, but this varies depending on the level of the students.

Visit the website or contact the Theory Coordinator for class schedules: soundadvice@telus.net

Sound Advice PLUS Composition
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 composition. Christine Donkin • Downtown

Sound Advice for Adults
If you sing in a choir, play an instrument, or are planning to learn an instrument in the future, you will enjoy learning about theoretical concepts and hearing how they relate to the actual sound of the music. Designed to make all of your musical involvements more enjoyable, as your increased knowledge provides new levels of understanding and musical independence. Christine Donkin • Downtown

Sound Advice for Beginners
Students (and their parents) 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. Crystal Wiksyk • Downtown

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.
Crystal Wiksyk • Downtown

New this year at Westhills:

Theory Level 4/5
For students who have taken music lessons for a few years, but have not taken or have limited knowledge in music theory. A complete program where theory, ear-training, sight-reading, music history, and composition are integrated to develop music literacy which can be applied to any instrument. Designed to cover two levels per year, depending on the level of the students. Instructor: Rachel Hill.

See also:

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.

 

Program Details

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. Contact the Coordinator for full details.

Sound Advice Theory & Ear Traning
Full Year: Week of Sep 9 - May 9/30 • $672* • Downtown and Westhills
To be arranged by the Coordinator

Theory Level 4/5
Full Year: Sep 10 - May 5 • $651 • Westhills
Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm

Instructor

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.