The one-year Music Preparatory Program is designed to:
- provide an opportunity for students who have a general interest in music to broaden their knowledge and skills;
- provide an entry-level opportunity for students with limited formal musical training who are considering a career in music and intend on pursuing the Music Diploma program.
In this program you will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing, hearing, and performing music. Through classroom instruction and private lessons you will gain valuable knowledge and will sharpen your playing skills. Optional participation by audition in small and/or large ensembles will allow you to further develop your performance abilities.
The program has three main components:
1. Core Classes: All students are required to take classes in music rudiments and aural skills, introductory music history, basic piano, and communications (or English). These courses will provide fundamental training in the basics of music.
2. Primary Instrument Study: Each semester of the program you will take private lessons on the instrument on which you had a successful entrance audition. Lessons are available on most standard instruments (subject to instructor availability). Current options include:
- Classical Piano
- Jazz Piano
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Bass Guitar
3. Optional Classes: Depending on your interests, course load and performance abilities, a variety of music ensembles are open to all students on the basis of audition.
Note: Completion of the Preparatory Program does not guarantee admission into the Music Diploma Program.
Students who wish to pursue the two-year Music Diploma program at RDC after completing the Music Preparatory program will be required to re-audition on their primary instrument. Since there is some overlap in course requirements between the two programs, students who complete the Music Preparatory program will have already fulfilled some of the requirements for the Music Diploma.
- MUSI 194 Introductory Music Theory I
- MUSI 195 Introductory Aural Skills I
- MUSI 196 Introductory Music Theory II
- MUSI 197 Introductory Aural Skills II
- MUSS 145/MUSS 145 Private Lessons (repeated for credit)
- MUSI 233 Introduction to Music History
- MUSI 241/MUSI 242 Basic Piano I & II*
- COMM 250 Business and Workplace Writing** (ENGL 219, ENGL 210 or ENGL 200 may be substituted if you have English 30-1)
- Open Option (may include Music) (3 credits)
* Piano majors are automatically exempt. Students with Gr. 4 Piano from the Royal Conservatory or equivalent may apply for exemption through Prior Learning.
** See "Communications Course Placement Testing" below.
Other approved music options may be selected providing you have the necessary prerequisites and the courses fit your timetable.