The Beckett School at Laurier is temporarily discontinuing in-person instruction and cancelling all in-person group classes until further notice.
The Summer Theory Preparation Course is designed for incoming Faculty of Music students. The course will help students improve their foundational theory skills and set them up for success at Laurier.
This 6-week course will run from July 14th until August 18th. There will be a different module each week, each covering a different topic:
Module 1: Pitch and Clefs Module 2: Scales and Key Signatures Module 3: Intervals Module 4: Triads and Seventh Chords Module 5: Functional harmony Module 6: Rhythm and Meter
Each module consists of a live 2-hour online tutorial with the instructor, which will be supported by take-home assignments based on that week’s topic. The live tutorials will occur via zoom on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm; these will be recorded and posted for students who may not be able to attend on a given week, or for students to review while working on their assignments.
Each live session will begin by answering questions from the previous week’s assignment, followed by a tutorial on that week’s topic. Students are welcome and encouraged to ask questions in real-time during these sessions. The instructor will also be available to answer questions via email through the week.
It is the student's responsibility to register for RCM exams before the registration deadline. At this time the date is to be confirmed. Exams will be written August 7 and 8, 2020.
All incoming students will be required to complete a diagnostic assessment to determine suitable grade level. Our instructor reserves the right to place student in the grade most suitable. Due to the nature of the course content, all material must be covered for each grade before a student can move on to the next level. Students do not have to write exams for each grade, they only need to cover material. For example, students wishing to complete level 8 will be expected to be proficient with level 7 material.
Students who have not had previous theory instruction may join the Beginner Theory Prep Class. This class will cover course material from RCM Levels 1 to 4 in preparation for the intermediate level classes.
RCM Levels 6 and 8, History 9 and Harmony 10 classes will be delivered February to May 2021.
Please contact us for information
Open to students registered in any theory class. Drop-in anytime on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is an open study opportunity for all students to catch up on work and have any questions answered with the instructor.
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