Summer Programs

Summer Programs 2018:

  • Summer Music Retreat: July 5 - 15
  • Summer Music Theory: July 3 - Aug 7
  • Summer Jazz Workshop: Aug 20 - 24
  • Summer Jazz Band Director Workshop: Aug 20 - 24
  • Belting Workshop
  • Creative Music Workshop for Young Musicians
  • Children & Teen’s Collaborative Theatre Workshop:
  • Estill Voice Training Program

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Summer Music Retreat

The Conservatory of Music is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 Summer Music Retreat! This workshop will provide intermediate to advanced level musicians with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in ten days of learning, inspiration, camaraderie, and musical growth. Directed by a team of Alberta's best performer-teachers, students will develop a creative approach to performance and acquire skills at all levels of musicianship.

Dates for 2018: Thursday, July 5 - Sunday, July 15 (no class July 8)
$500 full day
$350 morning only (technique and chamber groups)
$295 afternoon only (rhythmic workshop and string ensemble only)
Registration deadline: Monday, May 7 (registrations will be accepted after this date, but a late fee of $50 will apply)

The Summer Music Retreat includes: morning collaborative work (duets/trios/quartets), afternoon string ensembles, sight-reading and technique classes, rhythmic workshops, and exciting performance opportunities. Full-day and half-day options are available depending on the level of study of each individual (minimum requirements listed):
Full-Day Piano Student - RCM Grade 8 or equivalent (this includes morning collaborative work and afternoon ensembles)
Full-Day Strings Student - RCM Grade 7 or equivalent (this includes morning collaborative work and afternoon ensembles)
Half-Day Strings Student - RCM Grade 4 or equivalent (this includes afternoon ensembles only)
All students will need to play a short piece (approx. 2 minutes) at the placement audition on the morning of July 5th. The Summer Music Retreat typically adheres to the following daily schedule:
9:30 – 10:00 am: Technique classes (full-day students only)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Collaborative work (full-day students only)
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Lunch break
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Rhythmic Workshop (all students)
String students: 1:30 – 3:00 pm: String Ensemble rehearsal
Piano students: 1:30 – 3:00 pm: Piano Classes (jazz improv, playing by ear, masterclasses, sight reading, etc.)
3:15 – 4:00: Full Orchestra rehearsal (all string and piano students), or Percussion Ensemble class (piano students only)
Concerts will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Times TBA.

To register, call 780-633-3725
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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

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.
Workbook:  Celebrate Theory, Level 5 and 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:


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 – 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


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: TBA
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.

Dates: TBA

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

$250,  Alberta College Campus

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

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