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


How Music Works

(a new approach to music theory)

—Learning about music and gaining music literacy through the exploration of musical concepts. 

This comprehensive program builds a rich vocabulary, describing concepts, processes, and perceptions of music, which then lead to a deeper understanding of creative intention by composers and expressive choices by performers. Emphasis is placed on application of concepts through listening and performing music as well as creative aspects of writing music. 

Instructor: Tim Janz

How Music Works I: Introduction to Fundamentals

Introduction to thinking about and talking about music. How music is represented on the page as sounds in time (Notation). How instruments make sounds and why they sound differently.

(This course will also cover materials required for up to RCM Level 6 Theory)  

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How Music Works I: Introduction to Fundamentals

(RCM Level 1-6)

 TuesdaySept. 19, 2017 - May 8, 20185 - 6 p.m.$650.00
      

 

How Music Works II: Advanced Fundamentals

A more in depth view of thinking and talking about music (Notation and musical materials). Physics of sound will be introduced and how resonant sounds have overtones and how these overtones express timbre. Musical elements will be explored with regard to defining historical style periods in music, and guided listening will help identify these periods aurally.

(This course will also cover materials required for up to RCM Level 8 Theory)

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How Music Works II: Advanced Fundamentals

(RCM Level 8)

 ThursdaySept. 21, 2017 - May 10, 20185 - 6 p.m.$650.00

How Music Works III: Basic Tonal Materials

Exploring tonal music of the Baroque and Classical eras, with an emphasis on melody, harmony and structure. Common practice idioms will be studied, especially with regard to how composers deviate from these idioms in innovative ways.

(This course will also cover materials required for RCM Level 9 Harmony)

 

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How Music Works III: Basic Tonal Materials

(RCM Level 9 Harmony)

 TuesdaySept. 19, 2017 - May 8, 20186 - 7:15 p.m.$750.00
      
How Music Works IV: Tonal Materials with Chromaticism

More advanced exploration of tonal materials, now entering the Romantic era with extended use of chromaticism. Discover how composers continued to push the boundaries of common practice in new, creative ways.

(This course will also cover materials required for RCM Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint)   

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How Music Works IV: Tonal Materials with Chromaticism

(RCM Level 10 Harmony)

 ThursdaySept. 21, 2017 - May 10, 20186 - 7:15 p.m.$750.00
      

 


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 form.


Private 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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