Music Appreciation Classes: Learn more about what you love

The Royal Conservatory offers an unsurpassed breadth of music appreciation courses taught by experts in a welcoming and collegial environment. Build new contexts for your musical experiences as you deepen your understanding and enjoyment of music across genres and historical periods, from the rich traditions of the past to the exciting frontiers of the present. With courses offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening, you're sure to find something in our selection of offerings that sparks your curiosity and fits your schedule!

Select classes include live performances by students of The Glenn Gould School and special ticket offers. For additional information and to register, click the links below or call (416) 408-2825.

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Summer 2016


Elgar: Musical Voice of the Edwardian Era Elgar: Musical Voice of the Edwardian Era
Tuesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Jul. 19 & Jul. 26
Course fee: $99

In his day, some found Elgar to be the voice of a way of life then past. But Elgar's music still expresses human situations and emotions that are as valid today as they were 100 years ago.
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Fall 2016

 

Opera Overtures: Introduction to Opera Opera Overtures: Introduction to Opera
Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Sept. 6 to Sept. 27
Course fee: $150

Immerse yourself in opera in this interactive and fun course.  Explore the sublime and sublimely ridiculous elements that make opera so fabulous, before attending performances at the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier.
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Introduction to Classical Music Introduction to Classical Music
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept. 7 to Sept. 28
Course fee: $195

Do you have an interest in classical music?  In this course, we will explore the various musical periods, including the performers, composers and musical styles of the last 1000 years.
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Jazz in Canada Jazz in Canada
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept. 7 to Oct. 12
Course fee: $295

Learn about the history of jazz in Canada through people and places from across the country.  Through lecture, discussion and live performance, you'll develop a great appreciation for Canada's contribution to the art of jazz.
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How Music Works How Music Works
Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Sept. 13 to Nov. 15
Course fee: $375

This practical course combines guided listening and active participation to explore the building blocks of music.  Unlock the secrets of melody, harmony, texture, form, genre and more!
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The Art of Opera: From Baroque to Bel Canto The Art of Opera: From Baroque to Bel Canto
Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Sept. 14 to Oct. 19
Course fee: $295

Join Sue Elliott for an engaging exploration of the operas on tap at the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier this fall.  This six-week adventure will take you inside the music, behind the scenes, and onstage with performers. 
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How Music Works How Music Works
Fridays, 10:00am-11:30am
Sept. 16 to Nov. 18
Course fee: $375

This practical course combines guided listening and active participation to explore the building blocks of music.  Unlock the secrets of melody, harmony, texture, form, genre and more!
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Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach
Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sept. 29 to Oct. 20
Course fee: $195

Using legendary recrordings, this course will cover the organ music, solo keyboard works like the Well-Tempered Clavier, Suites and Goldberg Variations, as well as the concertos for keyboard and orchestra.
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Transitions in Music: Changes in Music between Historical Eras Transitions in Music: Changes in Music between Historical Eras
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept. 29 to Nov. 17
Course fee: $395

This course will investigate the transitions in music between the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras.  Some classes will feature live demonstrations and performances from students of the Glenn Gould School.
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Eight Great Composers Eight Great Composers
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Oct. 5 to Nov. 23
Course fee: $395

Delve into the lives and music of eight great composers, including Handel, J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Stravinsky. 
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The Italian Queen of France The Italian Queen of France
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Oct. 5 to Oct. 26
Course fee: $195

Our friends at the Toronto Consort return to present this course on the music surrounding Catherine de Medici, queen of King Henry II of France. Explore the exquisite music of her glittering entourage of French and Italian musicians, and the musical legacy of this fascinating and controversial 16th-century woman.
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Joyful Noise: Sacred Seasons in Song Joyful Noise: Sacred Seasons in Song
Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Oct. 17 to Nov. 21
Course fee: $295

Join instructor John Holland as we travel through the music of the Advent and Christmas seasons.  From plainsong chant to the pomp and glory of the grand oratorios, explore the evolution of carols and sacred music this season. 
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Discover Jazz Discover Jazz
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Oct. 19 to Nov. 23
Course fee: $295

This course is a guided tour through the world of jazz.  Expand your musical palette with the music of jazz artists from the past and present and explore strategies to enjoy jazz in a deeper and more meaningful way. 
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Learn to Sing Opera! Opera Chorus for the Uninitiated
Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Nov. 8 to Nov. 29
Course fee: $150

This is an Opera Chorus for the uninitiated, NO singing experience necessary!  Every class is a crash course in learning a famous opera excerpt with fun and informative introductions to various operas. 
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Outside-the-Box Baroque Outside-the-Box Baroque
Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Nov. 11 to Dec. 16
Course fee: $295

Discover the music, composers and musical life of Baroque Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland, Scandanavia and Russia.  Join us as we broaden our Baroque horizons! 
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The Unknown Vivaldi The Unknown Vivaldi
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Nov. 30 to Dec. 14
Course fee: $150

Although best known for The Four Seasons, Vivaldi also wrote magnificent concertos, sonatas, chamber music, choral and vocal music, and some forty operas!  Join us as we explore these rarely heard treasures.
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* A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.

 

Photo credits: Introduction to Opera: Opera Bastien und Bastienne; Jazz in Canada: Michael Pardo; How Music Works: Epic Fireworks; The Art of Opera: Joe Wolf; Keyboard Music of J. S. Bach: Pennine Photography; Eight Great Composers: Zach Flanders; The Italian Queen of France: Dennis Jarvis; Joyful Noise: Quinn Dombrowski; Discover Jazz: BBC Big Band, Burmingham, England; Learn to Sing Opera: Bo Huang; Outside-the-Box Baroque: Menglin Gao; The Unknown Vivaldi: Scott Rettberg.