Nurturing a comprehensive understanding of music theory is essential for fostering well-rounded choristers. Theory teaching begins in the Training Choirs, where choristers embark on 'A Young Singer's Journey' series, laying a solid foundation for their musical growth and development. As they progress through the Training Choirs and eventually the Main Choirs, choristers work diligently towards achieving RCM Level 8, culminating in their musical accomplishments and
enriching their choral experience.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE PROGRAMS ARE ONLY OFFERED TO TCC CHORISTERS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS.
Training Choir Music Theory
Music theory plays an integral role in the development of young musicians. Starting at the Pasio level, choristers are introduced to the enriching world of 'A Young Singer's Journey' theory books. These meticulously designed resources serve as a valuable tool, allowing choristers to master basic components of musical literacy and deepen their understanding of
the musical language. The first book is included in the tuition cost. Should choristers require additional books during the season, each subsequent theory book can be purchased through the TCC.
Main Choir Music Theory
All choristers are highly encouraged to work towards RCM Level 8. The TCC offers two RCM theory options: Guided Theory or Independent Theory. Theory instruction beyond what is provided during rehearsals is needed to master concepts and write a theory exam. Only those who are signed up for Guided Theory or Independent Theory will receive theory books, and have access to expert instruction and theory marking.
Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Theory Class: Levels 4-8
Preparing for an examination requires more instruction time than is possible during regular rehearsals. The TCC’s RCM Theory class is one way to help choristers prepare to master the concepts necessary to complete an RCM Theory examination.
The TCC’s RCM Theory Class includes:
• Eleven 2-hour group lessons (September to May on Saturday), taught by our Theory Coordinator
• Weekly homework to be completed
• Increased opportunity to master concepts and receive individual support
• Preparation for choristers to write an RCM Theory examination in May
• Classes held at the TCC offices