Music Rudiments & Aural Skills Bootcamps

Music Rudiments Bootcamp | CRN 21103

This dynamic and interactive class provides students with the opportunity to increase their familiarity with music fundamentals. Topics covered include major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, terminology, rhythmic notation, and meter. Students will improve their accuracy and fluency through recognition, writing, and listening exercises.

A pre-requisite knowledge of treble and bass clef notation is strongly recommended.

This course is designed primarily to help students prepare for ϼ’s Music Diploma and Foundation for Music Therapy Studies programs, and will include an opportunity to take the Music Theory Assessment, which determines a student’s eligibility to register in MUSC 1110.

Dates:Tuesday and Thursday, July 4 - August 10

Time: 9:30 - 11:50

Location: New Westminster Campus, Room N3411

Instructor: Gerard Rances

Course Fee: $490 + GST

Required textbooks and items:

  1. Elementary Rudiments of Music, 2nd Edition, by Barbara Wharram (edited by Kathleen Wood)
  2. Elementary Rudiments of Music: Answer Book, 2nd Edition, by Barbara Wharram (edited by Kathleen Wood)

Course materials may be purchased at the ϼ Bookstore. Students must have course materials for the first class.

To Register

Register Onlineorcontact the Registrar’s Office: 604 527 5472.

Please tell the Registrar’s Office that you are registering for a non-credit course through the Community Music School.


Aural Skills Bootcamp | CRN 21104

This course will provide opportunities to develop many foundational musical skills in a hands-on, ears-on environment. Through demonstrations, varied practice activities, and weekly individual lessons with the instructor, students will build their voices to communicate musical ideas more accurately, train their brains to retain and recognize important aspects of pitch and rhythm, and make connections between musical sound and notation. The class will introduce movable-doh solfège, Curwen hand signs and basic conducting patterns.

Proficiency on an instrument or as a vocalist is not required; however, a pre-requisite familiarity with music notation and basic theory rudiments is strongly recommended OR the student may take Music Rudiments Bootcamp concurrently.

This course is designed primarily to help students prepare for ϼ’s Music Diploma and Foundation for Music Therapy Studies programs, and will include an opportunity to take the Aural Assessment, which determines a student’s eligibility to register in MUSC 1115.

Dates: Wednesday, July 5 – August 9

Time: 9:30 – 11:20am (Individual 50-minute lessons begin in week 2, lesson times arranged in the first class meeting.)

Location: New Westminster Campus, Room N3411

Instructor: Gerard Rances

Course Fee: $540 + GST

Required Materials:

Coursepack available at ϼ Bookstore (New Westminster campus).Students must have course materials for the first class.

To Register

Register Onlineorcontact the Registrar’s Office: 604 527 5472.

Please tell the Registrar’s Office that you are registering for a non-credit course through the Community Music School.

Contact Information

Please contact the Community Music School at with any questions.

Please contact the Reg Office (604-527-5472) or visit the Registrationpage with the CRN(s) of the course(s) you wish to register for.