Music Theory

As students progress from beginning to intermediate levels of playing, knowledge of music theory fosters better understanding of the repertoire, helps improve memorization, and leads to a more refined performance. In addition, theory exams are co-requisites for all RCM instrument and voice exams from Level 5 through ARCT and are required to receive RCM certificates and school credit.


Arbutus Music Academy offers music theory and history programs for students of all levels.

Weekly group programs begin in September and  January. For Summer intensive courses offered in July-August please visit our Summer Programs page.

A Preparatory Theory Program covering Levels Preparatory-4 is available to students without previous experience in theory. Programs for  Levels 5 through 8 can be completed in a single 18-week term, while programs for theory and history beyond Level 8 generally take two terms of study.

Small-group  classes  require a minimum of 4 students and are scheduled throughout the year.

Private and semi-private lessons are also offered to students throughout the academic year and can be started at any time.

Please contact Thomas Evdokimoff with questions.

Small-Group Theory Schedule and Fees

Class Fees Schedule
Group Music Theory - Preparatory to Level 5
Ages 8+
Mondays, April 8-June 10, 4:15-5pm
Group Music Theory - Levels 6-8
Ages 9+
Mondays, April 8-June 10, 5-6pm

Private and Semi-PrivateTheory Lessons Tuition Fees

Course Recommended Weekly Class Duration Fees
Preparatory - Level 8 Theory
30-60 min.
Level 9 Harmony
45-60 min.
Level 10 and ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint
60 min.
ARCT Analysis
60 min.
Level 9, 10, ARCT History
60 min.

Free Trial Lessons

A private 30-minute trial lesson for new violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, voice and private and semi-private theory students is free of charge and may be booked through the Free trial lesson form. A fee of $40 will be charged for additional trials with other teachers.

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