Music Theory

Music Theory is one of the most underrated parts of any music student’s education. Typically viewed as a requirement for intermediate and advanced students (which also allows high school-aged students to achieve a credit towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma), Music Theory is so much more than just “how to write notes and scales.”

At Midtown Music School, we have a very different definition of Music Theory: Everything to do with music up until a note is sounded. By changing our attitude about what it means to study Theory – ironically, very little of which is theoretical, but rather, quite practical! – we can engage students like never before. From learning why scales matter, what we can build and create using them to working with real-world practical examples, our Music Theory program can enhance the practical instrument work while enabling new heights of musical achievement through true understanding and literacy.

We also have a lot of experience preparing students for Royal Conservatory Theory Exams. Our students routinely achieve First Class Honours and Distinction marks on these exams. But more than this, our students actually enjoy learning about how music works.  Many players report they are able to learn new pieces 30-50% faster than they did six months prior to beginning their Music Theory lessons.

Like all aspects of music, joy and passion drive students to new levels of progress and performance. Music Theory is an integral part of that growth – one that should definitely not be missed.

Theory Co-Requisites and High School Credits

PRACTICAL

CO-REQUISITE

Grade 5

Preliminary Rudiments

Grade 6

Intermediate Rudiments

Grade 7*

Advanced Rudiments

Grade 8**

Advanced Rudiments

Grade 9

Above, plus Basic Harmony, History 1

Grade 10

Above, plus Intermediate Harmony, History 2

ARCT (Performer’s)

Above, plus Advanced Harmony, History 3, Counterpoint, Analysis

* Average of Practical & Theory Mark for a Grade 11 Credit.

** Average of Practical & Theory Mark for a Grade 12 Credit.

Our Music Theory Teachers

David Stone (Rudiments, Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis)

Dr. Karen Broadhurst (Rudiments, Harmony)

Octavian Iacob (Rudiments)

Dr. Megumi Okamoto (Rudiments)

New & notable

What's new

Online Lessons Now Available!

Midtown Music School has now successfully transitioned to a fully-online model for all our programs. We have successfully adapted all our lessons for remote learning, including all instruments, theory, even digital music production!

Coronavirus Update, An Open Letter

This is David Stone, Director of Midtown Music School. As we all have seen, circumstances have changed dramatically. All schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks, all major sports leagues are cancelled, Broadway is going dark until April 12th.  It is important during these uncertain - and unprecedented - times that we do our part to continue to live our lives as normally as possible.

With this in mind, the staff and I at Midtown Music School are going to do our utmost to help keep music as a regular part of your lives. In advance of these upcoming weeks, I wanted to help get everyone on board with how we will be able to keep the music going.