This course is designed to develop basic written music-theory skills in preparation for the Royal American Conservatory Preliminary Level Exam. Topics include key signatures, intervals, major scales, minor scales in three types, primary triads, simple and compound meters, and performance terminology.
This next course continues the development of written skills in preparation for the Royal American Conservatory Intermediate Level Exam. Topics include cadence types, chromatic scales, non-primary triads, whole-tone and pentatonic scales, diminished and augmented intervals, assymetrical meters, and enhanced performance terminology.
This third course in preparation for the RCM Advanced Level Exam continues the music-theory investigation into compound intervals, hybrid meters, antecedent-consequent phrase construction, transposition from various instruments to concert pitch, modes, diminished-seventh chords, notation in alto and tenor clefs, and seventh-chord inversions.
This course corresponds to the RCM Harmony sequence, and also includes the combined subject of “ear training and sight singing.” Topics and skills covered include melodic and harmonic dictation, singing with solfège, figured bass, SATB four-part writing, modulation, 9th and 13th extensions, secondary-dominant and secondary-diminished functions, Baroque-period binary forms, and sonata-allegro form.
This class is designed for students to develop and enhance their skills in sight singing and reading music. Topics include notation in treble and bass clefs, key signatures, aural identification of simple intervals, and singing with movable-do solfège.