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    Speech Arts and Drama Theory

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.

2019 Fall Term

Technical TheoryInstructor: Susan DuskaJennifer Orr

8 classes

Course CRN Instructor Day Date Time Room Fee
Technical Theory Level 1* 90543 Jennifer Saturday Oct. 5 - Dec. 7 12:30 - 2:00 pm EA1067 $260

Technical Theory Level 2*

90544 Susan Saturday Oct. 5 - Dec. 7 10:45 - 12:15 pm TBA $260
Technical Theory Level 3* 90829 Susan Saturday Oct. 5 - Dec. 7 12:15 - 2:00 pm TBA $285

* 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 One* 90545 Jennifer Saturday Oct. 5 - Dec. 7 2:15 - 3:45 pm EA1067 $260
History and Literature Level Two* 90546 Susan Saturday Oct. 5 - Dec. 7 2:15 - 4:00 pm TBA $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.

 

 

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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