Preparatory Rudiments

Prerequisites: None

Enrolment: Enrolment opens September 05 and will be ongoing. The enrolment period is for a maximum of 60 days

Fees: $149

This Preparatory Rudiments course is a gentle introduction to the Rudiments of Music Theory. It is suitable for new musicians with little to no formal training in music theory. Adult learners are welcome.

In the Rudiments of Music, students learn about basic music notation, and concepts such as clefs, time signatures, rhythms intervals and chords.

The program follows the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus for Preparatory Rudiments.

The course is organised into five topics:

  1. Pitch
  2. Rhythm & Meter
  3. Scales
  4. Intervals
  5. Chords: Triads

Included in the course is:

  • A glossary of basic musical terms and signs
  • A set of downloadable worksheets for each lesson.
  • A marking service is available for your worksheets included for registered students.

Guests can  access the course material for free.

If you enrol in this course for $149 for 60 days, your  fee includes feedback on the provided worksheets. You will have access to an instructor (me) via the online messaging system for the duration of your registration. Enrolled students will need a way of printing out worksheets, and scanning completed worksheets as a pdf or png file. Please see  Completing & Submitting Assignments.

You first create an account, then enrol in the course. Click on 'Create  new account' in the 'Login panel' to get started. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problems with the registration process.

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Basic Rudiments of Music, Level 5 Theory Equivalent

Student Resource

Prerequisites: Preparatory Rudiments or Equivalent

The Basic Rudiments course is a gentle introduction to the Rudiments of Music. In the Rudiments of Music, students learn about basic music notation, and concepts such as clefs, time signatures, rhythms intervals and chords.

Basic Rudiments builds on the Preparatory Rudiments program. Students should be able to negotiate both the treble clef and the bass clef up to three ledger lines.  If in doubt, review the material in Preparatory Rudiments.

The course material follows the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus for Basic Rudiments crossover syllabus.

The course is organised into seven topics:

  1. Pitch
  2. Rhythm & Meter
  3. Scales
  4. Intervals
  5. Harmony
  6. Recognizing Key Centres
  7. Transposition

Included in the program is a glossary of basic musical terms and signs.

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Intermediate Rudiments of Music (Level 6 Theory Equivalent)

Prerequisites: Basic Rudiments

The Intermediate Rudiments course further explores Rudiments of Music. In the Rudiments of Music, students learn about basic music notation, and concepts such as clefs, time signatures, rhythms intervals and chords.

Intermediate Rudiments builds on the Basic Rudiments program. Students should be able to negotiate both the treble clef and the bass clef, be comfortable with key signatures up to four sharps and flats, and simple time signatures.

The material follows the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus for Intermediate Rudiments crossover syllabus

The course is organised into seven topics:

  1. Pitch
  2. Rhythm & Meter
  3. Scales
  4. Intervals
  5. Harmony
  6. Transposition
  7. Cadences

Included in the program is a glossary of  required musical terms that expand on those in Basic Rudiments.

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Advanced Rudiments of Music (Level 8 Theory Equivalent)

Prerequisites:Intermediate Rudiments


Advanced Rudiments further explores Rudiments of Music. In the Rudiments of Music, students learn about basic music notation, and concepts such as clefs, time signatures, rhythms intervals and chords.

Advanced Rudiments builds on the Intermediate Rudiments program. Students should be able to negotiate both the treble clef and the bass clef, be comfortable with all key signatures, and both simple and compound time signatures.

The material follows the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus for Advanced Rudiments crossover syllabus.

The course is organised into seven topics:

  1. Pitch
  2. Rhythm & Meter
  3. Scales
  4. Intervals
  5. Harmony
  6. Cadences
  7. Transposition

Included in this resource is a glossary of required musical terms that expand on those in Intermediate Rudiments.

All content is under copyright © Evdokimoff 2013 - present, and may not be reproduced without written permission by the author.

We are revising this student resource to correspond to the 2016 RCM syllabus. Look for updates in 2018.

History 1 is an introductory music history course to four historical style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and the Modern era. This course follows The Royal Conservatory of Music (R.C.M.) crossover syllabus for Level 9 History.

History 1 is required for the R.C.M. Grade 9 Practical Certificate. Some school boards, especially in Canada, recognize R.C.M. certificates for High School credit. Check with your local school board for their requirements.

Prerequisites: Advanced Rudiments - Level 8 Theory
Co-requisites: Basic Harmony - Level 9 Harmony

Adults interested in a self-paced music appreciation program may find this course useful as well. Being comfortable with at least some Rudiments of Music will be helpful, but not absolutely necessary.

All course material is up for your personal study, including a Glossary of Terms & Definitions, and a Youtube playlist of required pieces. Registered students will receive notification of updates through this site's main news forum.

Registered users are also welcome to ask questions through the online messaging system, or you may consider Skype lessons. You can also received feedback on your official R.C.M. practice exams through my Theory & History Practice Exam Assessment service. Sign-up for  this service as you would for any course.