Theory Lessons · 2021/22

Instructor: Gregory Millar, DMA
Formats: In-person or online
Duration: 45 or 60 min.
Frequency: Weekly
Levels offered: Up through ARCT
Ages accepted: 10 years old through adult
Other: Must have had previous instruction in singing or playing an instrument


The study of music theory is an important complement to lessons, whether you sing, play the piano, violin, cello, or any other instrument.

What is music theory?  Simply put it is the grammar and vocabulary of music.  Knowledge of theory results in a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music.  It is also a path to learning repertoire more quickly and securely.

Theory lessons closely follow the Royal Conservatory curriculum and examination requirements.

Early and Intermediate Levels

Theory I. is the foundational level covering the basics of reading (the staff, clefs, note values) as well as scales, intervals, and rhythm (up through RCM Level 2).

Theory II. builds upon the material of Theory I. and adds octave transposition, simple meters, more major and minor scales, and the primary triads and seventh chords. Students who complete this class will be ready to take the RCM Level 5 Theory examination.

Theory III. covers more advanced topics that are requirements for the Level 6, 7, and 8 examinations.

Advanced Levels

RCM Level 9 Harmony

RCM Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint

ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint

ARCT Analysis


In-person lessons take place in the The Runnymede Room at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., Toronto (M6S 2Y8). Free parking is available directly across the street from the church.

Online lessons are conducted from the church using Zoom.

*One-on-one focused instruction
*Large room with several windows
*Student and instructor seated diagonally, at a distance
*Projector & digital piano used for demonstrations


In-person or Online with Greg

  • Tuesdays, 4:15-6:45 pm
  • Wednesdays, 4:15-6:45 pm
  • Saturdays, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm