Curriculum details

There are many courses you can choose from according to your inclines as a student of music. Learn more about out the syllabus and what the prerequisites are for taking each course listed below.

Harmony Studies I (HS I)

Harmony Studies I (HS I)

Pre-requisites: NA
Co-requisites: RS I
Duration: 1 Term

A. Curriculum

The HS I curriculum delivers the theoretical aspects of basic tonality and provides a first formal understanding of functional harmony. The course alongside RS I should result in students being able to read music in treble and bass clefs, understand the structure and functions within the major scale, demonstrate understanding of key signatures, intervals and transposition, and grasp the theoretical and practical importance of the minor scale and its variants.

The following list outlines the topics covered in the course:

  • Notation, Triads and Intervals
  • Structure in the Major Scale
  • Introduction to Functional Harmony
  • Structure in the Circle of Fifths and Key Signatures
  • The Minor Scales
  • Intervallic Inversion
  • Triadic Inversion
  • Diatonic Modes
Harmony Studies II (HS II)

Harmony Studies II (HS II)

Pre-requisites: HS IRS I
Co-requisites: NA
Duration: 1 Term

A. Curriculum

The HS II curriculum delivers the theoretical aspects of the structure of tonality, provides an in-depth understanding of functional harmony, and develops basic analysis skills for the student. The course alongside RS II should result in students being able to thoroughly understand the applications of the structure and functions within the Major and Minor scales, demonstrate understanding of the Blues form, and grasp the idea of basic harmonic substitutions.

The course is divided into 2 lesson groups as detailed below:

Classical Harmony (CH):
  • Harmonic Functions and Structure in the Minor Scale
  • Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor
  • Secondary Dominants and Modulation
  • Resolution and Cadences
  • Non-Harmonic Tones
  • Melodic Organisation
  • Texture and Textural Reduction
Jazz Harmony (JH):
  • Seventh Chords and Inversions
  • Diatonic Changes and Cadences in Major and Minor
  • Introduction to Blues Form and Harmony
  • Introduction to Harmonic Substitution
  • Introduction to Alteration
  • Rhythm Changes
  • Form and Analysis
Rhythm Studies I (RS I)

Rhythm Studies I (RS I)

Pre-requisites: NA
Co-requisites: HS I
Duration: 1 Term

A. Curriculum

The RS I curriculum delivers the theoretical and practical aspects of elementary rhythm and provides a variety of fundamental musical skill sets in rhythmic reading, dictation and analysis. The course alongside HS I should result in students being able to read music in treble and bass clefs, confidently dictate music appropriate to the level of the course, demonstrate understanding of meters of all kinds, and grasp the theoretical and practical importance of rhythmic analysis.

The course is divided into 2 lesson groups as detailed below:

Rhythmic Theory:
  • Notation
  • Simple and Compound Meters
  • Odd Meters
  • Introduction to Syncopation
Rhythmic Skills:
  • Reading and Percussion
  • Dictation
  • Introduction to Rhythmic Analysis
Rhythm Studies II (RS II)

Rhythm Studies II (RS II)

Pre-requisites: RS IHS I
Co-requisites: NA
Duration: 1 Term

A. Curriculum

The RS II curriculum delivers the foundation of complex rhythm and develops a variety of fundamental musical skill sets in rhythmic reading, dictation and analysis. The course alongside HS II should result in students being able to read and dictate music appropriate to the level of the course, demonstrate thorough understanding of meters of all kinds, and further develop their proficiency in rhythmic analysis.

The course is divided into 2 lesson groups as detailed below:

Rhythmic Theory:
  • Polyrhythm
  • Swing and Syncopation
  • Introduction to Clave Theory
  • Odd Meters
  • Introduction to Eastern Rhythm
Rhythmic Skills:
  • Reading and Percussion
  • Dictation
  • Analysis
  • Arrangement
Ear Training I (ET I)

Ear Training I (ET I)

Pre-requisites: HS IRS I
Co-requisites: NA
Duration: 1 Term

A. Curriculum

The ET I curriculum covers basic tonality and establishes basic functional intuition and dictation skills for the student. The course should result in students being able to recognise and sing all diatonic intervals within an octave, sight sing diatonic melodies, recognise relevant progressions, and obtain the ability to dictate diatonic melodies and appropriate rhythms.

The course is divided into 2 lesson groups as detailed below:

Ear Training in Theory:
  • Major Scale
  • The Major Tonic Triad and Inversions
  • The Minor Scale
  • The Minor Tonic Triad and Inversions
  • Subdominant Triad and Inversions
  • Dominant Triad and Inversions
Ear Training in Practice:
  • Rhythmic and Melodic Dictation
  • Triad Recognition
  • Interval Recognition
Ear Training II (ET II)

Ear Training II (ET II)

Pre-requisites: ET I
Co-requisites: HS IIRS II
Duration: 1 Term

A. Curriculum

The ET II curriculum covers basic tonality and establishes basic functional intuition and dictation skills for the student. The course should result in students
being able to recognise and sing all diatonic intervals within an octave, sight sing diatonic melodies, recognise relevant progressions, and obtain the ability to dictate diatonic melodies and appropriate rhythms.

The course is divided into 2 lesson groups as detailed below:

Ear Training in Theory:
  • Diatonic Modes
  • Seventh Chords and Inversions
  • Harmonic Minor
  • Melodic Minor
Ear Training in Practice:
  • Scale Recognition
  • Seventh Chord Recognition
  • Interval Recognition
  • Harmonic Dictation
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Compositional Studies I (CS I)

Compositional Studies I (CS I)

Pre-requisites: MT II; Fixed Registration with Audition
Co-requisites: RA I, MT III (Recommended)
Duration: 8 months

A. Curriculum

The CS I curriculum is a multi-dimensional class that provides students not only the essential tools to composition but also a rich literary background. The course is designed to teach students how to analyse and emulate the styles of other composers while helping them to find their own. The course tackles topics taught in MT II and applies the student’s analysis abilities in appropriate Classical or Jazz repertoire in order to illustrate the art and subtleties of composition.

In our philosophy, an understanding of the human condition and context is elementary to honest expression. Therefore, a substantial portion of the course will cover appreciation of art, literature and history.

Of an equal importance for composition is the ability to perceive the realization of one’s creation. The course thereby includes an introductory conducting lesson and each composer enrolled in the class is provided the opportunity to realize their music on a regular basis. Furthermore, enrollment in the RA I course provides the student the necessary practical tools to record their art. In addition, students are advised to take piano lessons for the efficient and practical application of the course.

The course is divided into 3 lesson groups as detailed below:

Counterpoint:
  • Species Counterpoint
  • Voice Leading
  • Further Counterpoint
  • The Art of Fugue
Appreciation and Orchestration:
  • Form and Structure
  • Baroque Era
  • Classical Era
  • The Origin and Philosophy of Jazz
English Literature:
  • Poetry and Novels
  • Commentary