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Queen's University


This 24-week course given by Maria Rost, is designed to prepare students for the Basic Harmony (formerly known as Grade III Harmony) RCM examination in May 2013. Entry into the RCM examination is optional, and students must register with RCM directly.



Classes will take place on Saturday mornings between 10-11am, in Rm 213 of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane. The course will run from Saturday 29th September to Saturday 15th December, 2012 and Saturday 12th January to Saturday 26th April, 2012. Please note the following exceptions:

  • 13th October, 2012 - no class
  • 9th February, 2013 - class will start at 4.30pm
  • 16thFebruary, 2013 - no class
  • 9th March, 2013 - no class
  • 6th April, 2013 - class will start at 4.30pm
  • 19th April, 2013 - no class


This course is open to students of high school age and older (or by permission of instructor). It will run with a minimum class size of 4 people (please refer to Conservatory Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved).


Students should have successfully completed the RCM Advanced Rudiments (formerly Rudiments II) certificate, or have equivalent background. Some knowledge of Harmony may be an asset but is not required. For those who are unsure if they have an appropriate equivalent background, a knowledge expectation guide is available for reference. An evaluation quiz will be conducted in the first class.


Each student will be required to provide, at their own expense, the following items for use in the class and at home:

  • “Harmony: Book One” by Mark Sarnecki.

Published by Frederick Harris Music. SKU EMH03

ISBN: 9780887977398

  • 2012 edition of the RCM Official Examination Papers for Basic Harmony. This should be available in Winter 2013.

Available at Renaissance Music

  • Good quality music staff paper (8.5x11)
  • Pencils (B or HB)
  • Extra erasers (in addition to one found on a pencil)
  • A straight edge (Draftsman’s triangle or ruler recommended)
  • Regular homework will be assigned at each class.


Course fee:  $410 per person.

Registration fee: $40 per family per year. This fee covers registration for all programs within the Conservatory over the year.



Entry into the RCM examination is not compulsory, but is encouraged as it is a co-requisite for many RCM practical certificates. Students are responsible for entering themselves into the RCM examination directly (information will be provided on this during the course).


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000