Summer Programs

Summer Programs 2018:

  • Summer Music Theory: July 3 - Aug 7
  • Belting Workshop: July 8
  • Intro to Estill: July 27
  • Creative Music at the keyboard: July 16-20
  • Summer Jazz Workshop: Aug 20 - 24
  • Summer Jazz Band Director Workshop: Aug 20 - 24
  • Edmonton Trumpet Workshop: Aug 25 & 26
  • Belting Workshop: Sept 16

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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 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 (allow 5-10 business days for delivery)

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


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

Fall: Sunday, Sept 16, 2018 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Cost per session:

Performers: $50, Auditors: $20

Alberta College Campus
To register call 780-633-3725

Intro to Estill Voice Work

In this Introduction to Estill Voice Work, participants will learn what recent voice science and anatomy has to teach vocalists about their voice and singing.  Learn quick and practical tools to improve your voice.  Understand the anatomical reasoning behind commonly used images and metaphors used by voice teachers, choir directors, and acting coaches.  This course will cover the 13 figures of voice control and how they mix to create 6 basic qualities of the voice: speech, sob, falsetto, twang, opera and belt. Students will have the opportunity to explore the different sounds the voice can make.

Instructor: Ron Long

Summer: Friday July 27th

Fall: TBA

Times: 10am to 4:30 pm (half hour lunch break)
Tuition per session: $100
Alberta College Campus
To register call 780-633-3725 


Creative Music at the Keyboard

Explore the freedom of musical creativity this summer:
    -composition [beginner/advanced]
    -20th century studies
    -4-hands collaboration
    -games and fun

Students will be participate in small group activities based on age and skill level.

Monday to Friday, July 16 – 20
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Room 507 Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive
Instructors: Cameron Watson and Shalee Konojacki
Cost: $295

Call 780-633-3725 to register


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 this year's special guest clinician Victor Goines, saxophonist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. 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 – Fri: Aug 20 - 24
Placement Auditions: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19 (students must register for the workshop prior to placement audition)

Tuition: $425

Location: Allard Hall

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

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 – Fri: Aug 20-24

Tuition: $350

Location: Allard Hall

To register call 780-633-3725   



Edmonton Trumpet Workshop

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For intermediate to advanced level players looking to advance their technique, learn new practice methods and study techniques. Apply your learning in masterclasses and ensembles. For ages 16+ with a minimum of 4-5 years of trumpet playing.

Instructor: Robin Doyon

Muttart Hall, Alberta College Campus

Tuition: $125

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. 

2019 Dates TBA

Mo – Fr,  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuition: $650
Required workbooks: $80
Late registration charge (after June 22): $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

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