Theory & Musicianship

CMS provides music theory classes for the beginner to the advanced level student. Even though music theory is discussed to a certain degree in the student’s private lesson, taking a theory/musicianship class enables the student to increase their musical knowledge and allows the private teacher to devote valuable lesson time to repertoire and technique.

The theory curriculum used by CMS is based on the Theory Time and Associated Board of Royal Schools for Music curriculum. A placement exam is given prior to registration to determine which level of the curriculum is the most appropriate.

Students enrolled in a year-long music theory class are automatically enrolled in the Music Certificate Program. Enrollment in each class is for the full 36-week academic year. Classes meet for 45-minutes weekly. The cost is detailed below.

Students may also enroll in private lessons for music theory or composition. Lessons will be billed at the prevailing rate for 30, 45 or 60-minute private lessons.

Music Theory Discount: 20% off the cost of music theory classes for students enrolled in private lessons

CMS Music Theory Placement Test

2017-2018 Theory & Musicianship Class Schedule

  • Music Theory & Musicianship Level 1 – Thursdays 6:00-6:45pm
  • Music Theory & Musicianship Level 2 – Wednesdays 7:00-7:45pm
  • Music Theory & Musicianship Level 7 – Wednesdays 6:15-7:00p

Sight-reading can often be a tricky and frustrating subject for students to learn. Unless the student’s parents can read music, it’s nearly impossible for a student to practice it on their own at home. Likewise, the bulk of time in private lessons is spent on what the student has prepared, and going on to new material for them to prepare. There’s often simply not enough time to cover sight-reading. Having a consistent, weekly sight-reading lesson with an experienced teacher can tremendously boost a student’s ability. The long term gain is that student more quickly learns new repertoire and comes to have a better understanding of musical notation.