R.C.M. Music Theory & History Fall 2017-18 Weekly Programs

Prepare for your Royal Conservatory of Music May 2018 Music Theory and History exams

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Course Dates:Tuesday Oct 24 2017 - May 08 2018

Winter Break: December 16 2017 - January 15 2018

Spring Break: March 17 2018 - April 03 2018

Examination Dates: Friday/Saturday May 11/12 2018

Registration: Individual course descriptions will appear below once they are open for enrolment. Once your enrolment in a course is confirmed, you will receive a Dropbox invitation. Your first assignment will be available on your course's start date

Workload

One assignment (unit) per week due on Tuesday of each week. We will take a break over December holidays and Spring break.

Students can expect a course’s workload to be similar to that found in traditional hour-long weekly lesson plus homework. Successful students spend about three hours on each unit. Their first hour is spent reviewing the lesson material and working out sample questions as they would in a traditional classroom. Up to two more hours per unit may be spent on completing their assignment and reviewing earlier material.

Available Courses

  • Level 9 Harmony
  • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint
  • Level 9 History
  • Level 10 History
  • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint - available by request
  • ARCT History -available by request
  • ARCT Analysis- available by request

General Course Descriptions

Each course comprises twenty-one units of study. Starting with Comprehensive Theory, three units are dedicated to practice exams.

Students prepare for the exams by completing assignments based on the material found in their text. See individual course descriptions for required texts. Courses also may include extra study resources such as glossaries, short quizzes, summaries of lessons, and videos for the history course.

Students must have a certain degree of computer literacy. Students submit their scanned assignments through Dropbox. For the History courses, students may use a word processor for the bulk of their work (.doc, .docx or odt format). The instructor grades and returns assignments to the student with comments. An instructor is available to the student through the online messaging system where students may ask specific questions about their work. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Successful students are highly motivated mature teenagers or adult students capable of working independently. Parents of students under fourteen years of age must contact the instructor via the messaging system before any course commences.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Have completed any necessary prerequisites
  • Must be computer literate: able to use file sharing, have access to a scanner, create pdf documents, etc.
  • Obtain required course material
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Ask questions when they have them
  • Sign-up for online lessons when they need extra help
  • Register for their RCM exam. The registration deadline for RCM exams is March 01 2018 Visit rcmusic.ca for details.

Refunds: Students may apply for a refund up to one week after courses begin. Refunds are subject to a $75.00 administration fee plus marking fees. Please allow two-three weeks to process.

Level 9 Harmony - Weekly - Fall 2017-18

Course Dates:Tuesday Oct 24 2017 - May 08 2018

Winter Break: December 16 2017 - January 15 2018

Spring Break: March 17 2018 - April 03 2018

Examination Dates: Friday/Saturday May 11/12 2018

Course Fee: $495

Late Registration: $55 surcharge. Please allow 48 hours to set up late enrolments

Prerequisites: Level 8 Theory, recommended minimum age: 14

Workload: One assignment each week, allow minimum 3 hours per assignment

Students can expect a course’s workload to be similar to that found in traditional hour-long weekly lessons plus homework. Successful students spend about three hours on each unit. Their first hour is spent reviewing the lesson material and working out sample questions as they would in a traditional classroom. Up to two more hours per unit may be spent on completing their assignment and reviewing earlier material.

Required Materials:

  1. Celebrate Theory Level 9 Harmony
  2. Official Assessment Papers, most recent edition.

Both are available online through:

 http://bookstore.rcmusic.ca/ Canada

http://bookstore.musicdevelopmentprogram.org (USA)

 your local music store, or Amazon.

Course Description:

This harmony course follows the Royal Conservatory of Music's crossover syllabus for Level 9 Harmony. The course is structured for students wishing to write the May 2018 exam.

The program covers traditional four-part writing for all diatonic chords, dominant seventh chords, functional and root/quality analysis of short passages from the Common Practice Period, as well as simple form analysis.

Students prepare for their exams by completing assignments based on the material found in their text. See individual course descriptions for required texts. Students must be able to scan their work in pdf format, then submit their assignments through Dropbox. The Instructor grades and returns the assignment to the student with comments. Students may ask specific questions about their work through the online message system. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Enrolment:

  1. Create an account
  2. Click on the course. In the top left corner choose Settings -> Course Adminstration -> enrol me ... . Payment is made through Paypal. Credit cards are accepted
  3. Purchase the required materials.
  4. Students planning on writing an R.C.M. exam are responsible for their own registration. A R.C.M. teacher number is available by request.

Once registered, the instructor will contact you to confirm your prerequisites and set up a Dropbox folder.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Must be computer literate: able to use file sharing, have access to a scanner, create pdf documents, etc.
  • Obtain required course material
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Ask questions when they have them
  • Sign-up for online lessons when they need extra help
  • Register for their RCM exam. The registration deadline for RCM exams is March 01 2018. Visit rcmusic.ca for details.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents of younger students must be prepared to assist their children in completing/uploading assignments and navigating the site.

Level 10 Harmony - Weekly - Fall 2017

Course Dates:Tuesday Oct 24 2017 - May 08 2018

Winter Break: December 16 2017 - January 15 2018

Spring Break: March 17 2018 - April 03 2018

Examination Dates: Friday/Saturday May 11/12 2018

Workload: One assignment (unit) per week due on Tuesday of each week. July 25-August 28, two assignments per week due on Tuesday and Friday. Allow for a minimum of three hours of study for each unit.

Fees: $495

Late Registration: $55 surcharge. Please allow 48 hours to set up late registrations

Prerequisites: Level 9 Theory

Workload: One assignment (unit) per week due on Tuesday of each week. Allow for a minimum of three hours of study for each unit.

Students can expect a course’s workload to be similar to that found in traditional hour-long weekly lesson plus homework. Successful students spend about three hours on each unit. Their first hour is spent reviewing the lesson material and working out sample questions as they would in a traditional classroom. Up to two more hours per unit may be spent on completing their assignment and reviewing earlier material.

Required Materials:

  1. Celebrate Theory - Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint
  2. Most recent Official Assessment Papers

Both are available online through:

 http://bookstore.rcmusic.ca/ Canada

http://bookstore.musicdevelopmentprogram.org (USA)

 your local music store, or Amazon.

Course Description:

This harmony course follows the Royal Conservatory of Music's crossover syllabus for Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint. The course is structured for students wishing to write the May 2018 exam.

This program covers traditional four-part writing, and keyboard style, building on Level 9 Harmony syllabus, including diatonic chords, secondary dominants, and modulations to closely related keys. Students also complete functional and root/quality analysis of short passages and form analysis from the Common Practice Period.

Successful students are highly motivated mature teenagers or adult students capable of working independently. Parents of students under fourteen years of age must contact the instructor via the messaging system before any course commences.

Students prepare for the exams by completing assignments based on the material found in their text. Extra study material is available online, including a glossary of terms.

Students must have a certain degree of computer literacy. Students submit their scanned assignments through Dropbox. The instructor grades and returns assignments to the student with comments. An instructor is available to the student through the online messaging system where students may ask specific questions about their work. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Enrolment:

  1. Create an account
  2. Click on the course. In the top left corner choose Settings -> Course Adminstration -> enrol me ... . Payment is made through Paypal. Credit cards are accepted
  3. Purchase the required materials.
  4. Students planning on writing an R.C.M. exam are responsible for their own registration.

Once registered, the instructor will contact you to confirm your prerequisites and set up a Dropbox folder.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Must be computer literate: able to use file sharing, have access to a scanner, create pdf documents, etc.
  • Obtain required course material
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Ask questions when they have them
  • Sign-up for online lessons when they need extra help
  • Register for their RCM exam. The registration deadline for RCM exams is March 01 2018. Visit for details.

PLEASE NOTE: We recommend that students be at least fourteen years of age. Parents should be prepared to assist their children in completing/uploading assignments and navigating the site.

Level 9 History - Weekly - Fall 2017

Course Dates:Tuesday Oct 24 2017 - May 08 2018

Winter Break: December 16 2017 - January 15 2018

Spring Break: March 17 2018 - April 03 2018

Examination Dates: Friday/Saturday May 11/12 2018

Fees: $495

Late Registration: $55  Please allow 48 hours to set up late registrations

Prerequisites: Level 8 Theory

Workload: One assignment (unit) per week due on Tuesday of each week. Allow for a minimum of three hours of study for each unit.

Students can expect a course’s workload to be similar to that found in traditional hour-long weekly lesson plus homework. Successful students spend about three hours on each unit. Their first hour is spent reviewing the lesson material and working out sample questions as they would in a traditional classroom. Up to two more hours per unit may be spent on completing their assignment and reviewing earlier material.

Required Materials:

  1. Celebrate Theory, Level 9 History
  2. Official Assessment Papers, Level 9 History, most recent edition.

Both are available online through:

 http://bookstore.rcmusic.ca/ Canada

http://bookstore.musicdevelopmentprogram.org (USA)

 your local music store, or Amazon.

Course Description:

This course follows the Royal Conservatory of Music's syllabus for Level 9 History. The course is structured for students wishing to write the May 2018 exam.

This course an introductory music history course to four historical style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and the Modern era.

Successful students are highly motivated mature teenagers or adult students capable of working independently. Parents of students under fourteen years of age must contact the instructor via the messaging system before any course commences.

Students prepare for their exams by completing assignments based on the material found in their text. Extra resources include a glossary, a study guide to composers, and links to videos of the pieces covered. Students submit their assignments online and through Dropbox. The Instructor grades and returns the assignment to the student with comments. Students may ask specific questions about their work through the online message system. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Students must have a certain degree of computer literacy. Students complete their assignments using a word-processor and completing online tasks. Practice exams are scanned by the student. The instructor grades and returns assignments to the student with comments. An instructor is available to the student through the online messaging system where students may ask specific questions about their work. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Enrolment:

  1. Create an account
  2. Click on the course. In the top left corner choose Settings -> Course Adminstration -> enrol me ... . Payment is made through Paypal. Credit cards are accepted
  3. Purchase the required materials.
  4. Students planning on writing an R.C.M. exam are responsible for their own registration.

Once registered, the instructor will contact you to confirm your prerequisites and set up a Dropbox folder.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Must be computer literate: able to use file sharing, have access to a scanner, create pdf documents, etc.
  • Obtain required course material
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Ask questions when they have them
  • Sign-up for online lessons when they need extra help
  • Register for their RCM exam. The registration deadline for RCM exams is March 01 2018. Visit for details.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents must be prepared to assist younger students in completing/uploading assignments and navigating the site.

Refunds: Students may apply for a partial refund up to one week after courses begin. Refunds are subject to a $75.00 administration fee plus marking fees. Please allow two-three weeks to process.

Level 10 History - Weekly - Fall 2017

Course Dates:Tuesday Oct 24 2017 - May 08 2018

Winter Break: December 16 2017 - January 15 2018

Spring Break: March 17 2018 - April 03 2018

Examination Dates: Friday/Saturday May 11/12 2018

Fees: $495

Late Registration: $55 surcharge. Please allow 48 hours to set up late registrations

Prerequisites: Level 9 Theory, Level 9 History

Workload: One assignment (unit) per week due on Tuesday of each week. Allow for a minimum of three hours of study for each unit.

Students can expect a course’s workload to be similar to that found in traditional hour-long weekly lesson plus homework. Successful students spend about three hours on each unit. Their first hour is spent reviewing the lesson material and working out sample questions as they would in a traditional classroom. Up to two more hours per unit may be spent on completing their assignment and reviewing earlier material.

Required Materials:

  1. Celebrate Theory, Level 10 History
  2. Official Assessment Papers, Level 10 History, most recent edition.

Both are available online through:

 http://bookstore.rcmusic.ca/ Canada

http://bookstore.musicdevelopmentprogram.org (USA)

 your local music store, or Amazon.

Course Description:

This course follows the Royal Conservatory of Music's syllabus for Level 10 History. The course is structured for students wishing to write the May 2018 exam.

This course builds on the History 9 program, covering the western music tradition from the Middle Ages through the Classical Era focusing on the development of genres.

Successful students are highly motivated mature teenagers or adult students capable of working independently. Parents of students under fourteen years of age must contact the instructor via the messaging system before any course commences.

Students prepare for their exams by completing assignments based on the material found in their text. Extra resources include a glossary, a study guide to composers, and links to videos of the pieces covered. Students submit their assignments online and through Dropbox. The Instructor grades and returns the assignment to the student with comments. Students may ask specific questions about their work through the online message system. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Students must have a certain degree of computer literacy. Students complete their assignments using a word-processor and completing online tasks. Practice exams are scanned by the student. The instructor grades and returns assignments to the student with comments. An instructor is available to the student through the online messaging system where students may ask specific questions about their work. Students may receive additional tutoring by purchasing online private lessons.

Enrolment:

  1. Create an account
  2. Click on the course. In the top left corner choose Settings -> Course Adminstration -> enrol me ... . Payment is made through Paypal. Credit cards are accepted
  3. Purchase the required materials.
  4. Students planning on writing an R.C.M. exam are responsible for their own registration.

Once registered, the instructor will contact you to confirm your prerequisites and set up a Dropbox folder.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Must be computer literate: able to use file sharing, have access to a scanner, create pdf documents, etc.
  • Obtain required course material
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Ask questions when they have them
  • Sign-up for online lessons when they need extra help
  • Register for their RCM exam. The registration deadline for RCM exams is June 01 2017. Visit for details.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents must be prepared to assist younger students in completing/uploading assignments and navigating the site. We recommend a minimum age of 14 for this course.

Refunds: Students may apply for a partial refund up to one week after courses begin. Refunds are subject to a $75.00 administration fee plus marking fees. Please allow two-three weeks to process.