Theory Classes

Theory Classes

Music theory is an integral part of music education. Understanding music notation is the foundation of playing an instrument with precision. Music theory not only complements and enhances practical studies, but also stimulates development and a greater understanding of music.

The following theory courses are offered at Jean Lyons School of Music: Rudiments, Harmony, Keyboard Harmony, History, Counterpoint and Analysis.

Our courses are open to all students studying music and wanting to further their musical education.


During the school year, terms run from September – December and January – May to coincide with the RCM theory exams. Theory courses are offered through both classes and private lessons.

Tuition fees begin at $20.00 and up per class, and $30.00 and up per private lesson.

During the summer, intensive courses are offered for the RCM August exam session.

Theory Classes with Greg Hartley

Course Start Date RCM Exam Class Time
Level 9 Harmony September 11, 2017 May 2018 Mondays, 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint September 16, 2017 May 2018 Saturdays, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
ARCT Level Harmony and Counterpoint September 12, 2017 May 2018 Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
ARCT Analysis September 16, 2017 May 2018 Saturdays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Early bird registration (before August 31, 2017): $695, plus textbooks and materials
Regular registration (after August 31, 2017): $750, plus textbooks and material

Note: Classes will only proceed if the minimum enrolment number has been met. Only $100 of the course fee is non-refundable if a student chooses to withdraw from a course.


Cannot find the course you need? Submit a request to our school for a theory class or contact us at or 604-734-4019.

Check out these titles by Jean Lyons!

Theory Grade One (Basic / Intermediate Rudiments)
Theory Grade Two (Advanced Rudiments)
Harmony Part One (Basic Harmony)
Harmony Part Two (Intermediate Harmony)
Harmony Part Three (Advanced Harmony)