Taking violin lessons? You need theory too!


We recognize three general degrees of music theory and history. And we at our music school promote to start taking theory lessons as soon as possible, as soon as you are starting to go through the levels of your Royal Conservatory of Music program. You don’t need to take every single level, but you need to study from basics and work your way up. Every violinist should carefully consider it.

  • ELEMENTARY: Levels Preparatory to Level 4
  • INTERMEDIATE: Level 5 – Level 8
  • ADVANCED: Level 9 – Level ARCT

For grade 11 high school music credit you need Level 7 practical + Level 7 theory. For grade 12 high school music credit you need Level 8 practical + Level 8 theory.

Are you a violinist and you think you are missing on some important knowledge?

Without theory training students cannot know what any one piece of their education will mean to them five or ten years in the future. Knowing about music in general is going to make them better readers, performers and listeners. We best serve ourselves as learners and musicians when we learn as much as possible without a prior agenda.

Knowledge of Music Theory empowers students to:

  1. Understand how music works.
    Any Graduates from a music school should understand is how and why the composers and performers plan and execute their work. Their tools involve everything from rhythm, notes, chords, and scales to creating harmony, voice-leading, and form.
  2. Be able to listen critically to music.
    Music students need to learn how to listen critically to what they hear, identify what it is, and be able to speak intelligently about it.
  3. Write and perform music accurately.
    Regular exercises in theory and aural skills will not only improve understanding, but their application to music studied will also make the abstract concepts meaningful in a real-world context.
  4. Be able to detect errors.
    Performers, conductors, educators, music producers, and recording artists need the same sharpened listening skills. The point is that one never knows, as a musician, when error detection will come in handy. We focus on this from day one in aural skills and hone it regularly.
  5. Be able to sight read.
    Being able to read music accurately and effortlessly is enhanced through the study of music theory. The core of sight reading is being able to hear what you see and reproduce it with your instrument.
  6. Understand the styles and genres of Western music
    Various music styles and genres developed over time. Being able to distinguish and follow the change in composing techniques and genres enables the student to better perform their pieces, understand the changes in society that happened and influenced humanity as a whole.
  7. Improve critical reasoning skills.
    Music theory classes are especially good places to sharpen critical thinking because we have a great deal of information that needs to be processed in a short amount of time when listening to, or writing about, and performing music.

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