Music Theory

The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments - theory bookRudiments of Theory I

(Recommended age 9 and up, any or no instrumental experience necessary)

Understanding the structure of the language of music is an essential part of every student’s training, regardless of the instrument they play! This course will teach the mathematics and syntax of written music. Weekly classes progress through notation, key signatures, scales, chords, music vocabulary, and cadences. The course follows the guidelines and materials of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (the international branch of Royal Conservatory of Music) that offers examinations in several graded levels of theory, piano and stringed instruments. In this course, students progress toward writing the preliminary level theory examination through theRoyal Conservatory Music Development Program. Rudiments Theory I can be accelerated or supplemented through private or semi-private lessons; students may enter this course mid-term based on prior skill or take private lessons to meet the level of the class in progress.

Time: Not available 2023-24 school year
Instructor: Dr. Valdine Ritchie Mishkin
Location: Neighborhood Church
Cost: $100 per term

Rudiments of Theory II

(pre-requisite: Rudiments of Theory I)

This course is a continuation and expansion of Rudiments of Theory I. It follows the guidelines and materials of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, and prepares students for both the level one and level two Royal Conservatory Music Development Program examinations..

Time: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Valdine Ritchie Mishkin
Location: TBA
Cost: TBA

Other Classes

Rudiments ll is a prerequisite for studying Harmony and Counterpoint. Music History classes will be added based on interest. Private and semi-private instruction in these subjects, taught by Dr. Mishkin, is available for the advanced student or for any student preparing to enter college as a music major.

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Pre-College Training

To pursue music at the college level as a  cellist the student must possess an in-depth knowledge of their instrument, the ability to communicate musically, frequent performing experience and a solid general music theory background.