ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint Online

This is a twelve week course (eleven for the summer session) that will prepare you for the RCM written examination. In ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint, you will expand on your knowledge gained in Level 10, adding additional harmonic vocabulary and a greater focus on composition.

When do I need this course?


Students of Level 10 RCM should be learning harmony in addition to practical lessons. The exams for RCM Level 8 Theory and Level 9 Harmony are required before learning this course.


In addition to Level 10 RCM Harmony, students need to complete Level 8 Theory, Level 9 History and Harmony, and the Level 10 practical examination to achieve Level 10 certification.

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Here's How ARCT Harmony

Online Works

Online Course Module

The online course will be added to your profile page. There you will see the entire course where you can follow each step from video lessons to homework.

Lessons and Tutorials

Each week, students will first view video lessons covering the material of the week. On the appropriate day and time, students will then log into a live, one hour online class to receive further instruction.


Students will be assigned homework to be submitted on a weekly basis. This work will be evaluated and returned to each student with valuable feedback. Eventually, complete previous examinations will be assigned which will also be graded and returned with feedback.

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What Exactly Will I Learn?

  • An expansion on all principles learned in Level 10 Harmony and Counterpoint
  • The construction and use of additional harmonic vocabulary: Neapolitan 6, augmented 6, CTo7, borrowed chords, chromatic mediants
  • Melody writing and harmonization in keyboard style
  • Completing Bach chorales, 4-part harmonizations in which a number of voices will be missing in increased complexity to that of Level 10
  • Analysis : labeling chords and identifying notes that do not belong in these chords
  • Composition of a twelve-measure work with a modulation to a distantly related key
  • Composition of a sixteen-measure work in binary or rounded binary form employing two-part counterpoint throughout and a modulation to a traditional goal key

What Should I Know Before I Start?

ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint is a direct continuation of Level 10 Harmony. You will build upon all knowledge gained in Level 10, and this is why I recommend proceeding with ARCT Harmony directly after your Level 10 Exam.

If it has been some time since you've learned harmony, it is important to review all the concepts of Level 10 prior to the start of the course.

You might be wondering why I use the Advanced Harmony textbook rather than the Celebrate Theory ARCT Harmony one. While the Celebrate Theory textbook is a wonderful book, I feel that the Advanced Harmony text is much easier to follow, especially for younger students. The presentation is simpler and explains the concepts very clearly. Don't worry about the 2016 Syllabus requirements. We cover everything you need to know for the exam!

Weekly  Live online Tutorials take place on

Tuesdays at 8:00pm Eastern Time

Spring Session: February to May

Summer Session: May to August

Fall SEssion: September to December

Consult the Course Schedule for more details.

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