Theory

Lessons in Theory/Comprehensive Musicianship (MTAC Certificate of Merit)


These classes cover music theory from preparatory to advanced (first-year collegiate) level theory. This course is designed to prepare students for their annual Certificate of Merit exams in February/March. Text and materials will depend on student’s current theory knowledge. Admittance to this class is mandatory for all students participating in CM testing. These classes will include but are not limited to:

  • All aspects of music theory with emphasis on keyboard theory
  • Ear-Training
  • Sight-singing
  • Dictation
  • Music History and introduction to performance practice.

Class size limited to six students. Required text: Basics of Keyboard Theory – Julie Johnson or Fundamentals of Piano Theory, Snell/Ashleigh, KJOS publications. These are usually kept in stock and are available for purchase. Classes meet weekly on Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings – Classes are 1-hour.

ABRSM Exam Preparation


We offer preparation for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams at the academy. More information about the ABRSM program can be found at http://ca.abrsm.org/en/home

AP Music Theory Exam Preparation


This course is designed to prepare high school students for the College Board’s Advance Placement Music Theory Exam offered every year in May. Few local high schools offer a preparatory class for this exam.

  • Designed for students who want to pursue music as a major or minor in college or simply gain college credit while still in high school.
  • Test preparation includes an in depth study of all aspects of first year college-level music theory, ear-training and dictation.
  • Class size limited to six students.
  • Classes are one hour weekly
  • Required texts: Music in Theory & Practice & accompanying Workbook, Beward & Saker, published by McGraw-Hill and AP Music Theory by Julie Johnson.
  • Other suggested materials: A New Approach to Sight-Singing (4th ed), Berkowitz, Frontrier & Kraft, publicshed by W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.; Ear Training: A Technique for Listening (6th edition), Benward & Kolosick, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Pre-requisites: Must have attained Level 9 of MTAC’s Certificate of Merit program or equivalent.
  • The AP Music Theory test covers all of the work in first-year college theory – the basics of music theory plus writing bass lines to a given melody, realization of figured bass, realization of Roman numeral chord progressions, sight singing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, and formal analysis.