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RCM Music Appreciation Classes

By Musical Toronto on March 7, 2016

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The Royal Conservatory

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

273 Bloor St W

Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

(416) 408-2825

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The Royal Conservatory offers an unsurpassed breadth of music appreciation courses taught by experts in a welcoming and collegial environment. Build new contexts for your musical experiences as you deepen your understanding and enjoyment of music across genres and historical periods, from the rich traditions of the past to the exciting frontiers of the present. With courses offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening, you’re sure to find something in our selection of offerings that sparks your curiosity and fits your schedule!

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Classes

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How Music Works: Part One

10-week series
Fridays, 7 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 to March 24
Course fee: $375

Instructor: Jamie Stager

If you’ve always wanted to understand how music “works,” this practical series combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love.

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How Music Works: Part Two

10-week series
Fridays, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 13 to March 24
Course fee: $375

Instructor: Jamie Stager

Building on the basic elements presented in How Music Works, this series will explore a wide variety of musical genres spanning the centuries. The basic materials of music will be examined in a broad range of settings from symphonies to big band jazz, from opera to musical theatre, and from madrigal to popular song.

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“I Play As I Feel”: The Music of Oscar Peterson

6-week series
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Feb. 1 to March. 8
Course fee: $295

Instructor: Mark Micklethwaite

This series is a guided tour through the world of internationally renowned Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson, one of the most celebrated jazz artists of all time.  Through lecture, discussion, and performance, you’ll gain a unique perspective on Dr. Peterson and come away with a greater appreciation of the music of this great Canadian treasure.

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The Great North American Popular Songbook

4-week series
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Feb. 2 to 23
Course fee: $245

Instructor: Peteris Zarins

Explore the history of North America’s popular song culture with instructor Pete Zarins. This series will look at the influences of the remarkable tunesmiths and witty lyricists of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway from the 1920s to the 1940s! Tuition includes a ticket to The Art of Time Ensemble with Brent Carver in Koerner Hall on Friday February 24th.

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The Fraco-Flemish Golden Age: The History and Art of Polyphony

4-week series
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Feb. 7 to 28
Course fee: $195

Instructor: Katherine Hill

This four-week series will explore the origins and development of part-music, or polyphony, in Western Europe, allowing participants to gain deeper insight into the forms, functions and undeniable glories of the Franco-Flemish style.  Includes a ticket to the Toronto Consort’s production of Triptych with guest ensemble, Capella Pratensis.

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The Music of the Russian Ballet

4-week series
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Feb. 8 to March 1
Course fee: $195

Instructor: Rick Phillips

Without dealing with choreography, lights and costumes, this series will delve into some of the great ballet music written by the Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

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The Piano Sonatas by Beethoven

10-week series
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Feb. 8 to April 19
Course fee: $445

Instructor: Rick Phillips

The piano was Beethoven’s own instrument, and it was developing quickly during his lifetime. Throughout his career, Beethoven was constantly pushing the instrument’s capacities and limits. Join Rick Phillips and investigate the genius and beauty behind Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.

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“My Time Will Come”: The Music of Gustav Mahler

4-week series
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Feb. 14 to April 25
Course fee: $445

Instructor: Rick Phillips

The music of Gustav Mahler was not appreciated during his lifetime, causing him to remark “My time will come.” He was right – Mahler’s music and message have found an audience and continue to grow in popularity. Mahler was a philosopher/musician, struggling to understand the human soul and the meaning of life, death, and life after death. This series will serve as an introduction to Mahler’s musical world.

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Score to Sound: The Brandenberg Concertos

6-week series
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Mar. 7 to April 11
Course fee: $295

Instructor: Hannah French

Explore some of the most dynamic, sparkling music of the Baroque Era. At the end of the series, you will have knowledge of the historical sweep of the concertos from their origins to their re-discovery, and a springboard to developing your tastes in modern performances. Ultimately, you will have a deeper appreciation for their inner workings and what makes them so enduring.

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The 10-Minute Musical

8-week series
Mondays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Mar. 20 to May 8
Course fee: $395

Instructors: Kyra Millan & Cathy Nosaty

With the guidance and joyful musical support of Kyra Millan and Cathy Nosaty, participants will create, rehearse, and perform an original musical, approximately 10 minutes long with 3 -6 original songs. This series will contain all of the aspects of the creative process including drama exercises, improvisation exercises, vocal warm-ups, story creation, character development and music composition techniques.

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Canadian Composers: Harry Summers, Louis Riel

4-week series
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mar. 23 to April 13
Course fee: $215

Instructor: Dr. Réa Beaumont

Gain insight into Canada’s most important opera, Louis Riel, written by twentieth-century Canadian composer Harry Somers with libretto by Mavor Moore and Jacques Languirand. Discover the composer’s unusual approach to the opera idiom, the structure and purpose of the work, its history, and the controversies surrounding it.

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How Music Works: The Beatles

8-week series
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Mar. 28 to May 16
Course fee: $300

Instructor: James Stager

The Beatles were perhaps the most influential popular music group of the twentieth century, providing not only the soundtrack to the 1960s but producing an output that continued to reverberate long after their final work in 1970. From Please Please Me to Let It Be, this series will examine iconic songs from throughout the group’s career from the standpoint of melody, harmony, arrangement, lyrical content and studio production.

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Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration

5-week series
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
April 13 to May 11
Course fee: $245

Instructor: Clayton Scott

Have you ever wondered why composers choose the keys they do?  This course will immerse you in the sound and meaning of individual keys.  You will learn to “tune” your ears to the sparkle of G major and the sorrow of F minor. This series will guide you through the keys special to Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and many more.  Some classes will feature live performances by students of the Glenn Gould School.

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Mozart: The Mass in C Minor – Unfinished but not Incomplete

2-week series
Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
April 13 to April 20
Course fee: $99

Instructor: Rick Phillips

There are unfinished works in all genres of art, such as the statue of “Venus de Milo” or the novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” by Charles Dickens. Although the Mass in C Minor by Mozart was left unfinished, it remains a frequently-performed choral work, containing a wide range, variety and depth of musical expression. This 2-week series, uncovering this masterpiece, is linked with the concerts in May, 2017 at Koerner Hall when Tafelmusik will be presenting the Mozart Mass in C Minor conducted by Ivars Taurins. All participants will receive 15% off their tickets to this spectacular concert!

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Simply Brill’: Great Songs of the 1960s

8-week series
Thursdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
April 13 to June 1
Course fee: $295

Instructor: Jordan Klapman

Simply Brill’ is an eight-week musical lecture series celebrating the popular hit songs created by young Jewish-American songwriters working in and around Manhattan’s famous Brill building.  We’ll enjoy listening to dozens of their hit recordings, including: Hound Dog, Stand By Me, Love Potion #9, Up On The Roof, On Broadway, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow… and many more chart-topping Brill songs that have become an integral part of the popular soundtrack of the 20th century– and our lives!

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Score to Sound: Discovering the BBC Proms

6-week series
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
April 18 to May 23
Course fee: $295

Instructor: Dr. Hannah French

Explore the colourful history of “The World’s Greatest Classical Music Festival” with BBC Proms TV presenter Dr Hannah French.  From the premieres of new works, to iconic conductors, and of course the famous Last Night of the Proms, this six-week series will delve into the social and musical history of the institution through objects, photographs, eyewitness accounts, programmes, scores, and recordings.

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Canada’s Music Mosiac

6-week series
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
April 20 to May 25
Course fee: $295

Hosts: Susan Cook and Shauna Yarnell

What is Canadian music in 2017? Who are the musicians who create and perform it?  The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra is an ensemble of 12 musicians who have immigrated to Canada from various parts of the world.  Together they are learning commissioned works for their unique assortment of instruments, and on June 2nd they will be performing in Koerner Hall.  This six-week series will include an interview of two musicians from the ensemble each week, along with musical demonstrations.  Expand your horizons beyond Western Art Music and learn about instruments from places such as China, Tibet, Greece and Peru.

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Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvorak

5-week series
Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
April 21 to May 19
Course fee: $245

Instructor: John Holland

The music of Antonín Dvořák contains some of the most beautiful melodies of all time, but the melodies of his vocal, choral, and operatic works are virtually unknown to North American listeners. As a founding composer in the Czech Nationalist movement, Dvořák was instrumental in helping to establish music in the Czech language. Join Dvořák scholar John Holland as you delve into the sacred music of Dvořák, including the Stabat Mater, Requiem, Te Deum, Biblical Songs, and some unknown gems! Discover Dvorak’s sacred music through recordings, score examples, and live performances in class.

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The Roots of Venetian Opera

2-week series

Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
May 2 to May 23
Course fee: $195

Instructor: Katherine Hill

Our friends at the Toronto Consort return to present this series on the music of early Venetian opera. Registration for the series also includes a ticket to the Toronto Consort’s production of Cavalli’s Helen of Troy, from May 12 – 14th at the Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall.

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Frederic Chopin: Polish Patriot, Passionate Pianist

3-week series

Wednesday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
May 10 to May 24
Course fee: $150

Instructor: Rick Phillips

It is the rare piano recital today that does not include a work by Frederic Chopin.  Composing and performing just as the piano was coming of age, the piano music by Chopin clearly expressed the ideals of the burgeoning 19th century Romantic period – passionate, dramatic, and virtuosic. And, at a time when nationalism and patriotism were rife, Chopin’s Polish blood coursed thick through his veins with stylized Polish dances like the Mazurka and the Polonaise. As Robert Schumann claimed when he first heard the music of Chopin, “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!”


* A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.

Photo credits: Introduction to Opera: Opera Bastien und Bastienne; Jazz in Canada: Michael Pardo; How Music Works: Epic Fireworks; The Art of Opera: Joe Wolf; Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach: Pennine Photography; Eight Great Composers: Zach Flanders; The Italian Queen of France: Dennis Jarvis; Joyful Noise: Quinn Dombrowski; Discover Jazz: BBC Big Band, Birmingham, England; Learn to Sing Opera: Bo Huang; Outside-the-Box Baroque: Menglin Gao; The Unknown Vivaldi: Scott Rettberg.

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