Theory Programs
Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018 Theory Class Registration Now Open!

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Courses offered include:

  • Theory – Levels 5 to 8
  • History – Levels 9, 10, and ARCT
  • Harmony – Level 9
  • Harmony and Counterpoint – Levels 10 and ARCT
  • Analysis – ARCT
  • Private: $60 per hour (Level 5 to 8)
  • Private: $65 per hour (Level 9 and above)

 

  • Semi-private: $37 per hour (Level 5 to 8)
  • Semi-private: $40 per hour (Level 9 and above)

 

  • Group: $25 per hour (Level 5 to 8)
  • Group: $27 per hour (Level 9 and above)

Extra Fees: Books and Material*; Registration Fees*;
Exam Registration Fees

*No Registration Fee for existing Showcase Academy Students
*10% Discount on Retail value of Books in-store

Call Us: 604.270.8861

2016 Syllabus (New Exam Names) 2009 Syllabus
Level 5 TheoryBasic Rudiments
Level 6 TheoryIntermediate Rudiments
Level 7 Theory
Level 8 Theory  Advanced Rudiments
Level 9 HarmonyBasic Harmony
Level 9 HistoryHistory 1
Level 10 Harmony & CounterpointIntermediate Harmony
Level 10 HistoryHistory 2
ARCT Harmony & CounterpointAdvanced Harmony
ARCT HistoryHistory 3
ARCT AnalysisAnalysis

September 1, 2017 — August 31, 2018 [Crossover Year 2]

Includes Winter 2018 (December 2017), Spring 2018 (May), and Summer 2018 (August) sessions

  • Exams with alternate questions will be offered for ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint only.
  • All other exams will be based on the Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition.

 

September 1, 2018

Group Class Schedule

RUDIMENTS

Course Levels:
Level 5 Theory (required for Level 5 Practical subjects)
Level 6 Theory (required for Level 6 Practical subjects)
Level 8 Theory (required for Level 7 and Level 8 Practical subjects)

 

Private Lessons: Every Thursday or Friday. $60 / hour. Flexible course schedule. Course duration varies according to the individual needs of each student.

 

Group Lessons:

* For more details please contact us 604-270-8861

HISTORY

Course Levels:

Level 9 History: An Overview (required for Level 9 Practical subjects)
Level 10 History: Middle Ages to Classical (required for Level 10 Practical subjects)
ARCT History: Romantic to Modern (required for ARCT Practical subjects)

 

Private Lesson schedule: Every Thursday or Friday. $65 / hour. Flexible course schedule. Course duration varies according to the individual needs of each student.

 

Group Lesson schedule:

* For more details please contact us 604-270-8861

HARMONY

Course Levels:

Level 9 Harmony (required for Level 9 Practical subjects)
Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint (required for Level 10 Practical subjects)
ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint (required for ARCT Practical subjects)

 

Private Lesson schedule: Every Thursday or Friday. $65 / hour. Flexible course schedule. Course duration varies according to the individual needs of each student.

 

Group Lesson schedule:

* For more details please contact us 604-270-8861

Analysis

ARCT Analysis (required for ARCT Practical subjects)

 

Private Lesson schedule: Every Thursday or Friday. $65 / hour. Flexible course schedule. Course duration varies according to the individual needs of each student.

 

Group Lesson schedule:

* For more details please contact us 604-270-8861

Our Teachers

Carmen Ching <a name="carmen"></a>

Carmen Ching

B.Mus., A.R.C.T. Performers

Carmen has over 20 years of teaching experience in piano, music theory, and music history. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UBC, obtained her ARCT in piano performance, and is a current member of the BCRMTA. As a piano accompanist for both flute and cello students, Carmen has participated in numerous RCM exams, Kiwanis music festivals, and recitals.

 

Carmen is fluent in English and Cantonese and can converse in Mandarin.

Jon Lee <a name="jon"></a>

Jon Lee

M.Mus., B.Ed.

Jon Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Vancouver, Canada at age 13. He first began learning and playing music on the piano at age 10 and switched to guitar at 12. He enjoyed playing hard rock and heavy metal at that time and has since broadened his musical interests to jazz, blues and world music. He is currently working as a guitarist, composer, arranger, and music educator.

[showhide type="jon" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”]After graduating from high school, Jon Lee moved to Boston, MA and attended Berklee College of Music. He studied jazz guitar and jazz composition and arranging with a number of internationally renowned musicians, including John Wilkins and Richie Hart. After returning to Vancouver, he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Capilano University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from University of British Columbia.

 

While attending New York University for a master’s degree, Jon Lee studied jazz guitar and composition privately with Randy Johnston (guitarist for Lou Donaldson Quartet). His master’s thesis was on informal music learning, supervised by Dr. Wayne D. Bowman (the author of Philosophical Perspectives on Music) at New York University. He also studied with a numerous scholars in music and music education at NYU, such as Dr. John V. Gilbert, Dr. David J. Elliott, and Dr. Marissa Silverman.

 

As a musician, Jon Lee has composed, arranged, and performed at a variety of venues around the globe (Canada, U.S., Argentina, and Korea). He has also performed with a number of internationally credited players like Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Greene, and Hugh Fraser. He has recently finished his tour with Martin Nemcovsky, Esteban Maxera, and Alvaro Manzaero in Argentina. His album Intuition was released in summer 2013, and the second album is scheduled to be out in late summer 2014.

 

As a music educator, Jon Lee has taught band and choir at both elementary and secondary schools in Canada and U.S.A. for past 8 years. He has also provided private lessons on guitar, composition & arranging, and music theory for more than 600 students over the last 19 years. He is the director of the guitar programs in Delta School District, Canada and teaching Gr. 6 & 7 band at Sunshine Hills Elementary School. Jon Lee is a member of major professional music organizations: MENC, IAJE, NYCMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, and BCMEA.

 

Jon is fluent in English and Korean.

 

Click here to listen to Jon Lee's new albums: https://soundcloud.com/jonleemusique/sets/lee-hartono https://soundcloud.com/jonleemusique/sets/intuition[/showhide]

Ryan Trew <a name="ryan"></a>

Ryan Trew

D.M.A.

Ryan Trew is a composer, percussionist, and music theory pedagogue having completed an undergraduate degree in music from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Music at the University of Toronto, and a Doctorate of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

 

Throughout his academic career, Ryan has studied with important Canadian composers including:[showhide type="ryan" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”] Christos Hatzis, Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch, Ka Nin Chan, Linda Smith, and Stephen Chatman. Ryan’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Wilfrid Laurier (Alumni) Flute Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Amy Hamilton.

 

Ryan has extensive experience teaching Theory, Harmony, and Music History courses both privately and in-group lessons. He's taught theory at the Semiahmoo Academy of Music, British Columbia Conservatory of Music, and the Music Centre in Barrie, Ontario. His students usually receive very high marks on their theory exams. [/showhide]