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Theory: Levels 5-8 Comprehensive

Theory: Levels 5-8 Comprehensive
Theory Levels 5-8 book cover
  • Available:  July 4, 2022 - August 4, 2022
  • Instructor:  Janet Fothergill, Jana Skarecky
  • Discipline:  Theory & History
  • Course Type:  Group Classes, Theory & History
  • Student Type:  Adults, School Aged (4-17)
  • Difficulty:  Intermediate

Course Description

All Theory and History classes will be delivered online via Zoom. Times are local in the Eastern Time zone.


NOTE: The Level 8 Examination is included in tuition and will be completed online after the course finishes. 


This online instructor-led course covers the entirety of Intermediate Theory including Levels 5, 6, 7, and 8. The course is designed to prepare students to write the Level 8 Theory Examination. 

Students will continue to expand musical literacy and build analytical skills developed in the Elementary levels (Preparatory to Level 4). It is recommended that students complete RCM Level 5 Theory before registering for this course. Please see Course Outline below for more details.

Tuition includes:
  • Weekly classes:
    • one class per week September to June (Full Year or Fall/Winter Term)
    • three classes per week for Summer Intensive
  • 28 hours of live, online classes taught by an RCM Examiner
  • Moodle Account to access instructor handouts and upload assignments
  • One-year access to the online study guides for Celebrate Theory Levels 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • Celebrate Theory workbooks: Level 5, 6, 7 & 8*
*Workbooks can be pre-ordered through The Oscar Peterson School up to 3 weeks before the course begins. After this date students are responsible for purchasing the course materials on their own. 


Level 5
  • major and minor keys up to four sharps and flats
  • triad inversions and dominant 7th chords
  • 6/8 time
  • expanded melody writing
  • analysis through repertoire exploration
Level 6
  • double sharp and flat
  • transposition of major key melodies
  • compound meter
  • augmented and diminished intervals
  • identification of half and authentic cadences
  • introduction of Baroque and Classical style
Level 7
  • transposition to any key, up or down
  • inversion of intervals
  • chromatic, whole-tone, octatonic, pentatonic, blues scales
  • diminished, augmented triads; diminished 7th chord
  • melody writing in minor keys
  • introduction to Romantic and Modern eras
Level 8
  • alto and tenor clefs
  • transposition to concert pitch
  • hybrid meters
  • compound intervals
  • triads built on any scale degree
  • cluster, quartal, and polychords
  • introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and world music

Theory: Levels 5 to 8

Term Day(s) Dates Time Instructor Tuition  
Summer Intensive Mon-Thu Jul 4-Aug 4, 2022 4:00-5:45pm ET Jana Skarecky $499 Register