Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Music Theory, History and Composition

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The Conservatory offers group classes and private instruction in all theoretical and practical subjects, in accordance with the national standard as established by the Royal Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada.

All theory group classes are full year classes. Fees quoted are for the full year (i.e. both fall and winter terms included). Online registration is not available. To register, call 403.440.6821.

Note: Not all Music Theory and History subjects or levels may be available as group classes each year. However, instruction for all Music Theory, History and Composition subjects at all grade levels is available at any time through Conservatory private lessons. To request private instruction in Theory, History, and Composition, please fill out our online private lesson request form


Music Literacy: How Music Works

A comprehensive approach to understand music theory, with practical applications to performance and music creation. By applying concepts through circular learning, deeper understanding f the basics will lead to a greater appreciation of more complex musical materials.

Music Literacy is reading, writing and discussing music with others. This course of study will guide the participants to:

  • Being able to independently explore, understand and create music.
  • Enjoy the social interactions and contexts of making and sharing music within an arts community.

 

Course Content will include the following areas of discovery:

Sound Physics

  • Exploring the physical nature of sound and resonant sounds used in music.
  • Using technology to explore how sounds interact and can be modified.

Internalize/Externalize

  • Internalizing music and demonstrating understanding through aural skills, sight singing and notation

Concepts of Music

  • Understanding concepts of music by exploring the choices composers make to manipulate elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, structure).

Listening and context

  • Focused listening: analyzing content, structure and relationships.
  • Placing music in historical cultural contexts, as well as discerning various performance practices.

Creation of Music

  • Using all of the above to create music. Improvising, composing and performing music of the present.

 

Two class levels will be offered, each class running 22 weeks from September to May. Private instruction is also available, please contact the Conservatory for more information.   

Music Literacy Level 1: Introduction to basic concepts and skills.

CourseCRNDayDateTimeFee
Music Literacy Level 191423TuesdaySept. 25 - Apr 23, 20196 - 7 p.m.$550
Music Literacy Level 1 91701FridayOct. 5 - Apr 26, 20195:30 - 6:30 pm$550

Music Literacy Level 2: Exploring more advanced concepts of music and skills. This course will move at a faster rate than Level 1 and is geared toward musicians who have already has training in rudiments of music and have a good understanding of basic harmony concepts.  

CourseCRNDayDateTimeFee
Music Literacy Level 291427ThursdaySept. 27 - Apr. 25, 20196 - 7 p.m.$550
 

RCM Examination Preparation

The following courses will prepare you for the Royal Conservatory examinations held in May 2019. All courses will run for a total of 32 weeks, from mid-September to mid-May. These courses do not include RCM exam registration. Students are responsible for the RCM exam registration.  

CourseCRNDayDateTimeFee
Theory Level 891422TuesdaySept. 11 - May 7, 20194:45 - 5:45 p.m.$700
Theory Level 991426ThursdaySept. 13 - May 9, 20195 - 6 p.m.$700
History 2 Level 1091424ThursdaySept. 13 - May 9, 20197 - 8 p.m.$700
Harmony and Counterpoint Level 1091428TuesdaySept. 11 - May 7, 20197 - 8 p.m.$700
Instructor: Tim Janz  Composition

Composition lessons are offered as private lessons both on and off campus with one of our faculty composers. Group instruction of two or more students may be arranged by request. Call 403.440.6821 or e-mail conservatory@mtroyal.ca for more information, or fill out our online private lesson request formPrivate lessons

While not all Music Theory and History subjects or levels may be available as group classes each year, instruction for all subjects at all grade levels is available at any time in private lessons. Call 403.440.6821 or e-mail conservatory@mtroyal.ca for more information, or fill out our online private lesson request form.


* Theory instruction only. Students will need to take the appropriate RCM or Conservatory Canada examination in order to obtain the corresponding certificate or diploma.
 

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