Summer Programs

Summer Programs 2017:

  • Belting Workshop: July 19
  • The Authentic Voice: July 26
  • Summer Music Theory: July 4 - Aug 8
  • Creative Music Workshop for Young Musicians: July 17 - July 21
  • Children & Teen’s Collaborative Theatre Workshop: July 24-28
  • Understanding Musical Development in Infants and Children: Aug 19
  • Summer Jazz Workshop: Aug 21 – 25
  • Summer Jazz Band Director Workshop: Aug 21 – 25
  • Estill Voice Training Program: Aug 28 - Sept 1

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Belting Workshop

This vocal belting workshop will cover the basic anatomy, physiology and sensations of belting. The first half of the workshop will introduce you to specific exercises which will help you develop your belt voice. In the second half, all participants will be given a chance to sing and be provided with pointers and feedback geared specifically to you. Students are required to bring their own sheet music for the latter portion of the workshop. Most songs can be found on

Instructor: Ron Long

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Performers: $50, Auditors: $20

Alberta College Campus

To register call 780-633-3725

You may also be interested in the Estill Voice Training Workshop


The Authentic Voice: A Study of Mind-Body Connection in Music

The Authentic Voice class is an exploration of; authenticity, how we communicate with each other, singing, energy, and how life and the sound of our voice reflects who we are.

If you are singer and want to improve your singing then you will gain more presence to your voice and this will in turn build your outward presence in your voice. Ages 15+.

Topics covered:
• understand 7 physical body levels of support for singing.
• understand how the nervous system and the brain work with the voice.
• understand the negative inner voices that can stop you from singing.
• experience singing through 'play' and improvisation.
• experience the body as the instrument for the voice.

Instructor: Anna Beaumont
Date: Wednesday, July 26th from 6-9pm
Location:  Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive - PCL Hall (5th Floor)

Cost: $50
To register call: 780-633-3725

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 4 – Aug 8 (No class Aug 7)To register for these classes call us at 780-633-3725.

We offer the following classes:

Complete Music Rudiments (RCM Levels 1-8 Theory): 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Workbook: Mark Sarnecki, The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd Edition

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 (allow 5-10 business days for delivery)

To register for the RCM Exams visit:
To register for the CC Exams visit:

Children & Teen’s Collaborative Theatre Workshop

Working as a team, participants improvise and build their own show using teamwork and creation games. Participants will explore elements of musical theatre, plot, costuming, and character development. Final performance will be on Friday from 1:00  to 2:00 p.m. Ages 9 – 14. Instructor: Kim Denis

Mon – Fri, Jul 24 – 28
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday

Tuition: $250

Alberta College Campus

Call 780-633-3725 to register.


Creative Music Workshop for Young Musicians

This workshop is for intermediate level young musicians who demonstrate ability and want to explore creativity in their music studies. Students will be challenged with a number of tasks and activities designed to spark their creativity. Exercises in improvisation, continuation studies, and early 20th century language are used to guide students towards creating their own personal compositions. Ages 13 – 18. Instructor: Cameron Watson.

July 17 - July 21, 2017

Mon to Fri: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

$250,  Alberta College Campus

To register call 780-633-3725


Understanding Musical Development in Infants and Children

Learning the elements of music is a complex process. In this workshop, participants will explore the power of “enculturation” (what you experience growing up), what seems to be “built in” to our brains, and what elements need formal instruction. The class will outline what we currently understand about how our brains process rhythm and melody, ways to teach music more effectively, and links between music lessons and the development of social, linguistic, and cognitive skills. In addition, participants will analyze the importance of music in our lives, as well as how to understand and interpret scientific findings. There will be opportunities for discussion, and the chance to take part in mini-experiments. This workshop will be useful for anybody who teaches infants and children, or who is interested in how our brains process music.

This event is presented in cooperation between Schoen Duo Studio and the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music.

Instructor: Dr. David Gerry

Thursday, August 17, 2017

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $60

Alberta College Campus

To register call 780-633-3725


Summer Jazz Workshop

This week-long workshop offers musicians the opportunity to study and perform in big band and combo formats. Improvisation, technique, and performance skills will be taught through practical application in rehearsal situations and class instruction. The workshop will feature MacEwan music faculty, as well as a special guest clinician. Immerse yourself in jazz music and learn with some of Canada’s greatest musicians! Ages 13 – adult.

Instruments for Big Band: Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums.

Mo – Fr, Aug 21 – 25, 2017
Placement Auditions: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20 (students must register for the workshop prior to placement audition)

Tuition: $425

Location: Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive

Daily Summer Jazz Schedule:
9:00 - 10:00 am - Master Class/Sectionals
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Big Band Class
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch Break
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Combo Rehearsal
3:00 - 4:00 pm - Faculty Concert
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Student Jam/Rehearsal
This schedule is subject to change

Special guest: Andy Martin -  trombonist for Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Visit for more information about Andy.

To register call 780-633-3725 or download and submit the Summer Jazz Registration Form to


Summer Jazz Band Director Workshop

This workshop is intended for band directors of all backgrounds and experience levels. Join us as we explore and demystify the art of teaching jazz concepts to large and small ensembles of all ages and experience levels. Led by Kevin Willms, Senior Advisor for Jazz Education for Music Mentors International, this workshop will draw on the knowledge and experience of the MacEwan Jazz Workshop Faculty.

Sessions will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Big band rehearsal techniques
  • Rhythm section
  • Improvisation

This is a “hands on” workshop. Bring your instrument (even if it is not a “typical” big band instrument). It will be based in sound pedagogical tenets and philosophy. Learn how to apply the techniques that you use while directing your concert band to the way in which you direct your jazz ensembles. Schedule to be announced, but days and times will coincide with the rest of the Summer Jazz Workshop.

Mo – Fr, Aug 21 – 25, 2017
Times TBA

Tuition: $350

Location: Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive

To register call 780-633-3725


Estill Voice Training Program

Estill Voice Training™ is all about finding a new way to use your voice.  Experience “Figures of Voice Control” – exercises for vocal freedom – and apply the insights you gain to create new vocal colours. This workshop will give you an introduction to the process:  Level I (first half of the week) will teach you all of the “Figures”.  Level II will show you how “recipes” can me mixed for six voice qualities: speech, falsetto, Sob, twang, opera, and belting.  Re-energize and renew your voice.  Speak, sing, and find a new way with Estill Voice Training. 

Aug 28 to Sept 1, 2017

Mo – Fr,  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuition: $650
Required workbooks: $80
Late registration charge (after July 28): $50

Instructor: Judith Dunlore (Certified Master Teacher and Course Instructor Estill Voice International)

Course Coordinator: Ron Long

Alberta College Campus

To register call 780-633-3725

You may also be interested in the Belting Workshop