Music Theory and Musicianship Program

Instructors: Prof. Rosa Pyon, Dr. Angela Chan, Dr. Dora Cojocaru

Course Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Led by highly reputable faculty, this program uses modern technology and will accommodate individual student needs upon consultation with the School Director. The courses will enrich a student’s musical understanding and develop his/her interpretative skills. As well, the student will be guided to prepare for:
- The Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto theory examination
- Musicianship requirements
- CEGEP and university entrance placement exams
Introduction to Music Rudiments

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental elements of musical notation. Topics to be studied include:
- Pitch identification
- Clefs (treble and bass)
- Accidentals
- Intervals (diatonic and harmonic)
- Keys
- Scales (diatonic and modal)
- Triads
- Rhythm
- Transposition
- Cadences
- Musical terms and signs
Students will learn to recognize these elements through a variety of demonstrations and mixed media.

Music Rudiments II

This course is a continuation of the course “Introduction to Music Rudiments” and thereby uses similar styles of instruction. Topics to be studied include further, in-depth details regarding those covered in the previous course, as well as:
- Score reading
- Simple melody writing
- Simple analysis through
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Music Rudiments or equivalent.

Introduction to Elementary Harmony and Analysis

This course is designed to introduce the concept and practice of tonality. Topics to be studied include:
- Diatonic harmonies
- Seventh harmonies
- Secondary (applied) dominants
- Harmonic progression
- Simple modulation
- Ground-bass technique
- Four-part harmonization
- Simple harmonic analysis of chorales
Demonstrations, exercises a variety of mixed media will be used on a regular basis.

Recommended prerequisite: Music Rudiments II or equivalent.

Advanced Harmony and Analysis

This course is a continuation of the “Introduction to Elementary Harmony and Analysis” course. Topics to be studied include further, in-depth details of the previous course, as well as:
- Leading-tone harmonies
- Chromatic harmonies
- Harmonic progression
- Modulation to closely related and remote keys
- Excerpts from eighteenth and nineteenth-century repertoire
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Elementary Harmony and Analysis or equivalent.

Introduction to Formal Analysis

This course is designed to develop insight into the concept and practice of tonality and the notion of form by examining harmonic and formal procedures illuminated in a variety of musical styles and genres, including:
- Dance movements
- Fugue
- Sonata form
- Minuet and trio
- Rondo
The student will develop analytical strategies through demonstrations, exercises and a variety of mixed media.

Recommended prerequisite: Advanced Harmony and Analysis or equivalent.

Introduction to Counterpoint

This course is designed to introduce the concept and practice of melody writing and counterpoint. Topics to be studied include first, second, third, fourth, and fifth species counterpoint and invertible counterpoint at the twelfth. The student will acquire compositional skills in contrapuntal writing through a variety of instructional methods and tools.

Recommended prerequisite: Music Rudiments II or equivalent.

Introduction to Musicianship

This course, designed to develop a student’s aural skills, will focus on improving performance for dictation, by individual melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic exercises, as well as for in sight-reading and sight-singing ability via regular training. Topics include the identification of intervals, chords, and cadential harmonic progressions.


Recommended prerequisite: Music Rudiments II or equivalent.

 
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