Music Theory, History, and Harmony

Music Theory | History | Harmony 

Music theory deepens a student’s understanding of music and develops a well-rounded musician. Music theory is recommended for students in the elementary level of playing.

Students in the intermediate and advanced levels of playing are required to study music as a co-requisite to their practical studies. RCM certificates from grade 5 RCM and up require the completion of the theory examination.

At the Oakville School of Music & Performing Art, private lesson students can study music theory through our drop-in theory program. Drop in theory is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 

Elementary Theory 

Sample of topics covered in elementary music theory: the staff, note and rest values, time signatures, scales and triads, accidentals, half steps, whole steps, intervals, introduction to melody writing, application of time signatures, major and minor keys, transposition, minor intervals, subdominant triads, writing four-measure melodies.

Intermediate Theory

Sample of topics covered in Intermediate Music Theory: Triad inversions and dominant 7th chords, 6/8 time, expanded melody writing, analysis of repertoire exploration, compound meter, augmented and diminished intervals, half and authentic cadences, introduction to Baroque and Classical style, transposition to any key, inversion of intervals, chromatic, whole-tone, octatonic, pentatonic, blue scales, introduction to Romantic and Modern eras, alto and tenor clefs, hybrid meters, compound intervals, cluster and polychords, an introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and world music.

Advanced Theory Classes

Due to the nature of the advanced theory classes including harmony, counterpoint, history and analysis these classes are booked in a private lesson setting. Classes offered include Level 9 to ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, ARCT Analysis, Level 9 to ARCT History.

Sample topics covered in advanced theory classes: Fundamentals of harmonic language, introduction to two and four part writing, harmonic and structural analysis, leading-tone diminished 7th chords, dominant 9th and 13th chords, sequences, melody writing, sonata form, rondo form, and fugal exposition, figured bass, modulation to remote keys, Neapolitan chord and augmented 6th chords, two-part contrapuntal writing, fugues, Classical sonata movements, 19th-century art songs, post-1900 techniques and procedures.

Elementary Theory 

Sample of topics covered in elementary music theory: the staff, note and rest values, time signatures, scales and triads, accidentals, half steps, whole steps, intervals, introduction to melody writing, application of time signatures, major and minor keys, transposition, minor intervals, subdominant triads, writing four-measure melodies.

Intermediate Theory

Sample of topics covered in Intermediate Music Theory: Triad inversions and dominant 7th chords, 6/8 time, expanded melody writing, analysis of repertoire exploration, compound meter, augmented and diminished intervals, half and authentic cadences, introduction to Baroque and Classical style, transposition to any key, inversion of intervals, chromatic, whole-tone, octatonic, pentatonic, blue scales, introduction to Romantic and Modern eras, alto and tenor clefs, hybrid meters, compound intervals, cluster and polychords, an introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and world music.

Advanced Theory Classes

Due to the nature of the advanced theory classes including harmony, counterpoint, history and analysis these classes are booked in a private lesson setting. Classes offered include Level 9 to ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, ARCT Analysis, Level 9 to ARCT History.

Sample topics covered in advanced theory classes: Fundamentals of harmonic language, introduction to two and four part writing, harmonic and structural analysis, leading-tone diminished 7th chords, dominant 9th and 13th chords, sequences, melody writing, sonata form, rondo form, and fugal exposition, figured bass, modulation to remote keys, Neapolitan chord and augmented 6th chords, two-part contrapuntal writing, fugues, Classical sonata movements, 19th-century art songs, post-1900 techniques and procedures.

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