• Speech Arts and Drama Theory
    Speech Arts and Drama Theory
    (Hybrid Delivery)



As part of our desire to make all of our classes as accessible as possible the Conservatory has moved to using a hybrid virtual/in-person platform for Speech Arts Theory! These courses will now be offered with a live, interactive, and in-person class together with online options for students who require additional flexibility with their schdule

Students will now be able to attend the lectures in the following ways:

  • in person at MRU
  • live, online via video link

Should students be unable to attend or participate a posted lesson time, a recorded lesson will also be made available.

Our goal is to open up thse classes to as many students as possible, making the schedule flexible to accomodate all of the students wishing to take their learning to new heights. 

**Information regarding access to classes, course materials, and assignments will be destributed to all registered students before classes begin**

Mount Royal Conservatory speech arts theory courses are based on the Royal Conservatory Examinations Speech Arts and Drama Syllabus, 2011 Edition.

There are two components of Speech Arts theory:

  • Technical Theory — voice production, phonetics, performance techniques and the study of poetry and public speaking
  • History and Literature — the history of poetry and drama. 

Beginning at the RCM Examinations Grade Seven level, students are required to successfully complete both a practical examination and the theory co-requisite to receive certificates. The Conservatory's Speech Arts & Drama theory classes fully prepare students for these written theory examinations.

Theoretical studies are most relevant when there is a clear connection to practical work, and this is an important principle of our approach. Students engage in their studies through reading, research, and discussion, carefully designed homework assignments and mock examinations. They gain insight and understanding for their practical performance work and the enriched study of literature and drama serves them well in academic studies in both high school and university.

Students should consult with their private teacher regarding the addition of theoretical studies to their individual program of study.

2021/2022 Fall/Winter Terms

Technical Theory
Instructor: Susan DuskaJennifer Orr

8 classes

Course CRN Instructor Day Date Time Room Fee
Speech Theory Tech Level 1 30488 Jennifer  Saturday Feb. 26, 2022 - Apr. 30, 2022 1 - 2:30 p.m. Hybrid $260
Speech Theory Tech Level 2 30487 Susan  Saturday Feb. 26 - Apr. 30 3 - 4:30 p.m. Hybrid $260

* Technical Level 1 is co-requisite to the RCM Grade 7 practical examination

* Technical Level 2 is co-requisite to the RCM Grade 8 practical examination

* Technical Level 3 is co-requisite to the RCM Grade 10 practical examination

Fee includes course materials.

History and Literature TheoryInstructor: Susan DuskaJennifer Orr

8 classes

Course CRN Instructor Day Date Time Room Fee
History and Literature Level 1* 30331 Jennifer Saturday Feb. 26, 2022 - Apr. 30, 2022 2:30 - 4 p.m. Hybrid $260
Speech Theory History Level 2 30486 Susan Saturday Feb. 26 - Apr. 30 1 - 2:45 p.m. Hybrid $285

* History and Literature Level One is co-requisite to the RCM Grade 9 practical examination.

* History and Literature Level Two is co-requisite to the RCM Grade 10 practical examination.

Registration *Heavy call volumes may be experienced when the registration period first opens. Room Location

Room numbers designated with the "EA" prefix are located in the Faculty of Arts building, on the east side of the main campus and across the road from the Conservatory building, the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts.

 

2021 Summer Term
Instructor: Susan Duska

Course CRN Instructor Day Date Time Room Fee
Speech Theory Technical Level 2 70241* Susan Wednesday Jul. 7 - Aug. 4 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Online $160
Speech Theory Technical Level 3 70242** Susan Wednesday Jul. 7 - Aug. 4 3 - 4:45 p.m. Online $180

*Please note that this course runs over both the Summer and Fall terms and students will need to register for CRN 90575 to complete the course.

**Please note that this course runs over both the Summer and Fall terms and students will need to register for CRN 90576 to complete the course.

 

 

 

For new students, you will need to create a log in ID and PIN

For existing students, you can log in directly through the "Register Now" button. 

 

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