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Queen's University
 

INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC RUDIMENTS

This 12-week Fall Term course given by John Palmer, introduces the basics of music theory.  Students will learn to read and write music notation: rhythm, scales, intervals and key signatures in treble and bass clef will be covered.  Musical terms, signs and transposition will also be addressed. This course is designed to prepare students for the Basic Rudiments RCM examination in December 2012. Entry into the RCM examination is optional, and students must register with RCM directly.

 

1) SCHEDULE

Classes will take place on Thursdays between 4.30-5.30pm, in Rm 213 of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane. The course will run from Thursday 20th September to Thursday 13th December, 2012. There will be no class on Thursday 15th November.

2) WHO CAN ATTEND

This course is open to students of any age. 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).

3) PRE-REQUISITES

For this beginner level course, there is no knowledge expectation or prerequisite. A screening test will be conducted in the early stages of the course to identify the knowledge level of each student. This is not a formal examination, but will help the instructor to provide relevant tailored tuition throughout the course.

4) RECOMMENDED TEXT AND MATERIALS

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

  • “Elementary Music Rudiments: Basic” by Mark Sarnecki.

Published by Frederick Harris Music. SKU EMR00

ISBN: 9780887977589

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)
  • Students should bring their instrument for use in class (if not piano)
  • Students should be prepared to photocopy completed exercises from the textbook to be submitted for marking.
  • Homework will be in the region of 1-2 hrs per week.

5) FEES

Course fee:  $215 per person.

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

 

6) RCM EXAMINATION

Entry into the RCM examination is not compulsory, but is encouraged as it is a co-requisite for the RCM grade 5 practical certificate. 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