Music Theory Programs

The Maritime Conservatory for Performing Arts is a one-stop destination for instruction in all genres and forms of Music Theory, offering Music Theory classes and private instruction of all levels for all ages.


Our classes follow the Royal Conservatory of Music theory syllabus from Preparatory, Level 1 – 10, to ARCT, including courses in rudiments, harmony, counterpoint, analysis and history of music. No matter if you want to gain a high school credit, which can be gained in conjunction with a practical examination, if you would like to know how music works, or if you want to gain more insight to polish your compositions, our courses offer a wide range of instruction.

Our theory teachers also provide private theory instruction and are available to assist students who are preparing for university entrance exams.
Lessons and classes are available at the Maritime Conservatory for Performing Arts campus, at 6199 Chebucto Road, as well as remotely online. The online courses are available to students throughout the Maritimes and around the world.

The following High School Certificates are available through the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, after completion of a practical and theory component:
Grade 12 high school credit – RCM Level 8
Grade 11 high school credit – RCM Level 7
Grade 10 high school credit – RCM Level 6

Course Offers

Classes and Private Lessons with Dr.Lorna Wanzel

Dr. Lorna Wanzel offers private lessons and classes based on the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus from Levels 5 to ARCT in all theoretical subjects including Rudiments, Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis and History of Music.  These courses prepare students for the RCM Theory exams, which are also co-requisites and prerequisites for the practical examinations at these levels. 

We will be following the RCM syllabus for all our courses in preparation for the RCM theory examinations in May.  All these courses require two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester has 15 weekly one hour lessons, for a total of 30 weekly lessons, which will commence on September 10th and end in early May.

Fall Theory Schedule

ARCT Harmony/Analysis at Dr.Wanzel Studio
Time: Wednesday 6:30pm
Start Date: September 6

Theory 6 on campus
Time: Saturday 9:00am
Start Date: September 9

Theory 8 on campus
Time: Saturday 10:00am
Start Date: September 9

Harmony 10 at Dr. Wanzel Studio
Time: Saturday 12:30pm
Start Date: September 9

Harmony 9 at Dr. Wanzel Studio
Time: Tuesday 5:30pm
Start Date: September 12

Times and days are subject to change, so we can accommodate the majority of those students wanting to join Dr. Wanzel’s classes.

Music Theory Class with Daniel MacNeil

In a fun group setting learn about music basics from Preparatory to Level 1 – 5 working through the Royal Conservatory Music Theory Syllabus Books with music examples and listening exercises.


Instructor: Daniel MacNeil
Time: Wednesday 5:40pm – 6:25pm
Fee: $240 for 15 classes

Start Date: September 13