Conservatory of Music & Dance

Theory & Musicianship

The Conservatory offers group lessons, private and semiprivate instruction in all theoretical levels of music theory and history. Classes are designed to prepare students for either Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) theory examinations. Instructor: Stephanie Schmaltz

All courses run 32 weeks. Levels 5 through 9 are 60 minutes (1 hour). All Level 10 and ARCT classes are 75 minutes (1.25 hours). Days/Times of classes to be determined. Please contact Stephanie Schmaltz at sschmaltz@mhc.ab.ca prior to registration to determine placement.

For new students, please complete and submit the Theory Inquiry Form and Stephanie will contact you directly within two business days.

Theory Classes Available:

  • Level 5, 6, 7, and 8 Theory
  • Level 9 Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Level 9 History: An Overview
  • Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Level 10 History: Middle Ages to Classical
  • ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint
  • ARCT Analysis
  • Level ARCT History: 19th Century to Present

Theory Co-Requisites:

Grade Level
  Theory Co-Requisites
Introductory, Grade 1 - 4   None
Grade 5   Level 5 Theory
Grade 6   Level 6 Theory
Grade 7 & 8    
Level 7 and 8 Theory
Grade 9   Level 9 Harmony and Counterpoint
Level 9 History
Grade 10   Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint
Level 10 History
ARCT   ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint ,
ARCT Analysis, and
ARCT History

Rudiments (Levels 5 - 8)

These classes cover the building blocks of music theory: notation scales, key signatures, chords, intervals, cadences, rhythm, and transposition.

Harmony (Levels 9, 10, ARCT)

Level 9
Introductory melody writing, basic harmonization, structural analysis of Baroque dances, and basic contrapuntal techniques

Level 10
Melody writing including modulation, harmonization, harmonic and structural analysis of Baroque and Classical forms

ARCT
Advanced chromatic harmony, modulation to remote keys, two part counterpoint and analysis

Analysis

The study of structural and harmonic analysis of repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century Eras

History (Levels 9, 10, ARCT)

Level 9
An introduction to music history through an overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras

Level 10
Focus on the development of genres and forms from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Eras

ARCT
Focus on the development of genres and forms from the Romantic and Modern Eras

Upcoming Events
Please check this listing regularly for upcoming performances by the students and instructors from MHC's Conservatory of Music & Dance.

Meet our instructor

Stephanie Schmaltz, conservatory instructor
Stephanie Schmaltz

Meet Stephanie