Summer Programs

Summer Programs 2017:

  • Belting Workshop: July 19
  • Summer Music Theory: July 4 - Aug 8
  • Summer Music Retreat: July 4 - 15
  • Creative Music Workshop for Young Musicians: July 17 - July 21
  • Summer Jazz Workshop: Aug 21 – 25
  • Estill Voice Training Program: Aug 28 - Sept 1
  • Children & Teen’s Collaborative Theatre Workshop: Dates TBA
  • Kid’s and Teen’s Musical Theatre Camp: Dates TBA

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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.

Tuition: $50

Alberta College Campus

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 theatre, plot, costuming, and character development.  Ages 9 – 14. Instructor: Kim Denis

Dates for Summer 2017 TBA

$195,  Alberta College Campus


Kid’s and Teen’s Musical Theatre Camp

Students will study theatre through an intricate story woven through music.  Emphasis will be placed on singing, acting, and movement. Classes will enhance physical, vocal, and imaginative abilities while building performance skills. Ages 12 – 16.

Instructors: Deanna Clee, Sylvia Maltby

Dates for July 2017 TBA


Centre for the Arts Campus 


Summer Music Retreat

This workshop will provide intermediate to advanced level string and piano students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in ten days of learning, camaraderie, and inspiration in classical music. 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.

The Summer Music Retreat includes several components: 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):

Piano Student - RCM Grade 7 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 3 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 4th. The Summer Music Retreat typically adheres to the following daily schedule:

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Technique classes (full-day students only)
10:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Collaborative work (full-day students only)
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch break
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Rhythmic Workshop
String students: 1:30 – 3:15 p.m.: String Ensemble rehearsal
Piano students: 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.: Sight-Reading/Repertoire Class
3:00/3:15 – 4:00: Full Orchestra rehearsal (all string and piano students), or Percussion Ensemble class (piano students only)

Collaborative Work Concert: Friday, July 14, time TBA
Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble Concert: Saturday, July 15, time TBA

Various Instructors

Tuesday, July 4th to Saturday, July 15th (no class July 8 & 9)

Tuition: $500 full day, $350 half day

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 12th, 2017

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


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.

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

Tuition: $425

NEW Centre for the Arts Campus (104 Avenue and 110 Street)

Daily Summer Jazz Schedule:
8:45 - 9:35 am - Master Class/Sectionals
9:45 - 10:50 am - Combo Class
11:00 am - 12:20 pm - Big Band Rehearsal
12:30 - 1:00 pm - Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:20 pm - Big Band Rehearsal
2:30 - 3:20 pm - Concerts
3:30 - 4:20 pm - Combo Rehearsal
4:30 - 6:30 pm Student Jam/Rehearsal
This schedule is subject to change

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