Musicianship and Theory

Music Theory Programs: 

  • Songwriting I: Sept 12 - Dec 12
  • Basic Rudiments Class: Sept 25 - Dec 18
  • Ear Training: Sept 25 - Nov 27
  • Wagner's Ring: Study of Themes: Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30
  • What Make Music Tick: Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1
  • Intermediate Rudiments Class: Jan 8 – May 7, 2019

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Music Theory

Curricula are designed to prepare students for Royal Conservatory, Conservatory Canada or Associated Board examinations at all levels of theory, harmony/counterpoint, analysis and history.  Private study for each subject is recommended, but semi-private instruction (as, for example, with siblings or friends in pairs or small groups) might be arranged as well to reduce tuition.  For more information, please contact the Conservatory of Music at 780-633-3725.

Instructors: Cameron Watson & Dr. Robert Klakowich

  

Songwriting I

Discover new approaches to writing your own original songs. In this 12-week course, participants will create songs by exploring different musical and lyrical techniques, examining various songs and styles, and discussing basic music theory, song structures and creative concepts. Students will also have the opportunity to share their original pieces with the class and discuss their compositions in a friendly, respectful setting. Instructor: Robert Walsh

Wed, Sep 12 – Dec 12
7:00 – 8:30 pm
(no class Oct 31, Nov 7)

Tuition: $360

Location: Alberta College Campus

Call 780-633-3725 to register

 

Ear Training 

This is an interactive course for all ages and levels covering areas such as sight singing, rhythm, interval and chord recognition, and melodic dictation in a group setting.  It can be taken by anyone wishing to improve their aural skills.  The course will also help national exam candidates (such as RCM, CC and AB) prepare for their ear tests, as well as students preparing for entrance into a music degree program.
Instructor: Dr. Robert Klakowich

Materials provided

Tuesday, Sept 25 – Nov 27, 2018
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Tuition: $180

Location: Alberta College Campus, Room 514

Call 780-633-3725 to register

 

Basic Rudiments Class

This fall-term course offers an introduction to music theory in a group setting, focusing on skills such as notation, scale writing, intervals, chords, time, keys and transposition, melody writing, music history and analysis at a basic level (approximately to RCM Level 5 and equivalents).  Those wishing to continue beyond the basics, or to prepare for the RCM Level 8 exam, can take Intermediate Rudiments in the winter term. Instructor: Robert Klakowich

Workbook: Celebrating Theory, Level 5

Tuesday, Sept 25 – Dec 18, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Tuition: $215

Location: Alberta College Campus, Room 514

Call 780-633-3725 to register
 

 

Wagner’s Ring: Study of Themes

Discover the recurring themes in the four operas of
Richard Wagner's Ring des Niebelungen.

In a series of four workshops, explore how:

  • one motif metamorphoses into the next
  • specific timing of the motifs derives from the German text
  • the psychology of the protagonists is reflected in the music

Participants do not require knowledge of notation of theory to attend.

Instructor: Reinhard Berg

Tuition: $80

Fridays: Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30, 2018

Alberta College Campus, Room 525

To register call 780-633-3725.

  

What Makes Music Tick?

Discover what makes great music great!

In a series of four workshops, explore:

  • rhythmic structure and phrasing of language and music
  • transcending the linearity of time to perceive a composition as an instantaneous and timeless whole
  • learn about the physics of sound as the basis of harmony


Participants do not require knowledge of notation or theory to attend.  No prerequisites.

Instructor: Reinhard Berg

Tuition: $80

Saturdays Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Alberta College Campus, Room 525

Call 780-633-3725 to register.

 

Intermediate Rudiments Class

This winter-term course is open to students with some previous theory background (approximately RCM Level 5 or equivalent), or for those who wish to continue on from Basic Rudiments in the fall. It will prepare students for the Level 8 Royal Conservatory and other equivalent national theory exams, and provides the necessary background for entrance into most university undergraduate music programs such as the MacEwan Musical Theatre or MacEwan Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music.. Instructor: Robert Klakowich

Workbook: Celebrating Theory, Level 8

Tuesday, Jan 8 – May 7, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Tuition: $275

Location: Alberta College Campus, Room 514

Call 780-633-3725 to register

 

 

Music Preparatory Class

Do you need help preparing for you entry audition for the MacEwan Music Degree Program? We’ve coordinated with the Music Degree faculty to create a curriculum that will prepare you for the written theory examination and audition requirements specific to your primary instrument.
The Ear Training and Theory classes are open to all instruments.
Masterclass is available for guitar, bass, drum, and voice students.
If you are studying wind, brass, or piano, contact us at conservatory@macewan.ca for information about how we can help you prepare for the audition portion.

Dates: TBA

Call 780-633-3725 to register

 

Summer Music Theory

Plan to get the theory you need for the August Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada exams. These intensive 5-week courses are designed to prepare students for national theory exams or for general interest. Course names in parentheses follow the 2016 Royal Conservatory Certificate Program.

Instructors: Robert Klakowich (Rudiments and Harmony/Counterpoint), Cameron Watson (History)

Tuition: $450 per section

Mon – Thurs: July 3 to Aug 7, 2018

Register by Monday, June 25, 2018

To register for following classes call us at 780-633-3725.

Complete Music Rudiments (RCM Levels 1-8 Theory): 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Workbooks: Celebrate Theory Level 5 and Celebrate Theory Level 8

Basic Harmony (RCM Level 9 Harmony): 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Pre-requisite RCM Level 8 Theory or the equivalent

History Overview (RCM Level 9 History): 12:05 – 1:30 p.m.
Pre-requisite RCM Level 8 Theory or the equivalent

History: Middle Ages to Classical (RCM Level 10 History): 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Pre-requisite RCM Level 9 History or the equivalent

Intermediate Harmony (RCM Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint): 12:05 – 1:30 p.m.
Pre-requisite RCM Level 9 Harmony or the equivalent

To register for these classes call 780-633-3725

Unless otherwise indicated, the required workbook for each course will be one of the RCM Celebrate Theory series at the appropriate level and subject. These are available at local music stores, or can be ordered at rcmusic.ca/celebrate-theory (allow 5-10 business days for delivery)

To register for the RCM Exams visit: https://examinations.rcmusic.ca/
To register for the CC Exams visit: http://www.conservatorycanada.ca/