Musicianship and Theory

Music Theory Programs 2017/18:

  • Complete Music Rudiments: Oct 3 to May 10
  • Wagner's Ring: Study of Themes: May 4, 18, Jun 1
  • What Make Music Tick: Mar 10, May 5, May 19, Jun 2
  • Ear Training for Royal Conservatory Candidates: April 7 to June 2
  • Music Preparatory Class: May 1 to June 13
  • Summer Music Theory 2018: July 3 - Aug 7, 2018

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Music Theory

Curricula are designed to prepare students for Royal Conservatory, Conservatory Canada or Associated Board examinations at all levels of theory, harmony/counterpoint, analysis and history.  Private study for each subject is recommended, but semi-private instruction (as, for example, with siblings or friends in pairs or small groups) might be arranged as well to reduce tuition.  For more information, please contact the Conservatory of Music at 780-633-3725.

Instructors: Cameron Watson & Dr. Robert Klakowich


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: May 4, 18, Jun 1, 2018

Alberta College Campus, Room 525

To register call 780-633-3725.


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

Saturdays Mar 10, May 5, May 19, Jun 2, 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Alberta College Campus, Room 525

Call 780-633-3725 to register.


Complete Music Rudiments

This two-term course covers basic, intermediate, and advanced rudiments (RCM Theory Levels 1-8 and equivalents) in a group setting.  It prepares students for Royal 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

Workbook: Mark Sarnecki, The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd edition.

Oct 3, 2017 to May 10, 2018

Tuesdays: Oct 3 – May 8 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2, Mar 27)
Thursday: May 10
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuition: $450

Alberta College Campus


Ear Training for Royal Conservatory Candidates

A class designed especially for the preparation of ear tests for June practical exam candidates of the Royal Conservatory, but suitable for other national exams as well.  This intensive eight-week course specifically addresses the required ear tests at the level of each individual student.  Highly recommended as a supplement for practical study, allowing more time at the practical lesson for repertoire and technical work. Instructor:  Robert Klakowich
Sat Apr 7 – Jun 2, 2018 (no class May 19)
11:00 am – 12 noon
Tuition: $150

Alberta College Campus

Call 780-633-3725 to register


Music Preparatory Class

Do you need help preparing for you entry audition for the MacEwan Music Degree Program? We’ve coordinated with the Music Degree faculty to create a curriculum that will prepare you for the written theory examination and audition requirements specific to your primary instrument.
The Ear Training and Theory classes are open to all instruments.
Masterclass is available for guitar, bass, drum, and voice students.
If you are studying wind, brass, or piano, contact us at for information about how we can help you prepare for the audition portion.

Tues, May 1 to Wed, Jun 13 (7 weeks, 14 days in total)
Tuesdays: Ear Training 5:30 – 7:00, Masterclass 7:00 – 8:30
Wednesdays: Theory 5:30 – 7:00

Full course: $450

Ear Training & Theory only: $300

Register by Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Location: Allard Hall (11104 104 Avenue)

Call 780-633-3725 to register


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.

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

Tuition: $450 per section

Mon – Thurs: July 3 to Aug 7, 2018

Register by Monday, June 25, 2018

To register for following classes call us at 780-633-3725.

Complete Music Rudiments (RCM Levels 1-8 Theory): 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Workbook:  Celebrate Theory, Level 5 and Level 8

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

To register for these classes call 780-633-3725

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:


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.

Various instructors

Tuition: $450

Dates: TBA

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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

For inquires call 780-633-3725.