Musicianship and Theory

Music Theory Programs 2017:

  • Wagner's Ring: Study of Themes: Apr 21, May 5, May 12, May 26
  • Music Preparatory Class: May 2 – Jun 15
  • Summer Music Theory: July 4 - Aug 8

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Music Theory

Curricula are designed to prepare students for either Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) theory examinations.  Private, semi-private, and group lessons are offered in all levels of Music Theory and History.

Instructors: Cameron Watson & Dr. Robert Klakowich

Complete Rudiments
Basic Harmony
Intermediate Harmony
Advanced Harmony
History 1: An Overview
History 2: Middle-Ages to Classical
History 3: 19th Century to Present


Summer Music Theory

Plan to get the theory you need for the August Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada exams. These intensive 5-week courses are designed to prepare students for national theory exams or for general interest. Course names in parentheses follow the 2016 Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. To register call 780-633-3725.

Instructors: Robert Klakowich (Rudiments and Harmony/Counterpoint), Cameron Watson (History)

Tuition: $450 per section

Mon – Thurs, July 4 – Aug 8 (No class Aug 7)To register for these classes call us at 780-633-3725.

We offer the following classes:

Complete Music Rudiments (RCM Levels 1-8 Theory): 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Workbook: Mark Sarnecki, The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd Edition

Basic Harmony (RCM Level 9 Harmony): 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Pre-requisite RCM Level 8 Theory or the equivalent

History Overview (RCM Level 9 History): 12:05 – 1:30 p.m.
Pre-requisite RCM Level 8 Theory or the equivalent

History: Middle Ages to Classical (RCM Level 10 History): 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Pre-requisite RCM Level 9 History or the equivalent

Intermediate Harmony (RCM Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint): 12:05 – 1:30 p.m.
Pre-requisite RCM Level 9 Harmony or the equivalent

Unless otherwise indicated, the required workbook for each course will be one of the RCM Celebrate Theory series at the appropriate level and subject. These are available at local music stores, or can be ordered at (allow 5-10 business days for delivery)

To register for the RCM Exams visit:
To register for the CC Exams visit:


Wagner’s Ring: Study of Themes

Discover the recurring themes in the four operas of
Richard Wagner's Ring des Niebelungen.

In a series of four workshops, explore how:

  • one motif metamorphoses into the next
  • specific timing of the motifs derives from the German text
  • the psychology of the protagonists is reflected in the music

Participants do not require knowledge of notation of theory to attend.

Instructor: Reinhard Berg

Tuition: $80

Fridays: Apr 21, May 5, May 12, May 26, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Alberta College Campus

To register call 780-633-3725.


Music Preparatory Class

Need a little extra help preparing for your MacEwan Music Program audition? Our 7-week Music Preparatory class will help coach students in ear-training, theory, and technique. This course is open to bass, drum guitar, and voice students. Final audition date for 2017: June 17.

Various instructors

Tuition: $450

Tues, Wed, Thurs, May 2 – Jun 15

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Centre for the Arts and Communications Campus (current location)

Weekly Schedule:
Tuesdays: Masterclass
Wednesdays: Ear-Training
Thursdays: Theory

To register call 780-633-3725.

Registration Deadline: Thurs, April 27


What Makes Music Tick?

Discover what makes great music great!

In a series of four workshops, explore:

  • rhythmic structure and phrasing of language and music
  • transcending the linearity of time to perceive a composition as an instantaneous and timeless whole
  • learn about the physics of sound as the basis of harmony

Participants do not require knowledge of notation or theory to attend.  No prerequisites.

Instructor: Reinhard Berg

Tuition: $80

Dates: TBA
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Alberta College Campus


Complete Rudiments

This course covers basic, intermediate, and advanced rudiments in a group setting.  It prepares students for Toronto Conservatory, Conservatory Canada and Associated Board theory exams, and will provide the necessary theory background for entrance into most university undergraduate music programs.  It is also suitable as a general introduction to music theory.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Klakowich

Tuition: $450

Fall Term 2017: TBA

Alberta College Campus


Ear Training (Ages 8-12)

A fun class designed especially for children ages 8 - 12. Students will discover their natural musical ear through exercises in pitch, rhythm, chords, and melody play-backs in a supportive group setting. Ideal for the preparation of ear tests in RCM, CC, and AB exams.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Klakowich

Dates and Tuition: TBA

Alberta College Campus