Music Appreciation: Learn more about the music you love

The Royal Conservatory offers a diverse variety of Music Appreciation sessions with world class leading musical experts. Join our students and explore many musical genres in a fun and engaging environment. Select sessions include live performances and special ticket offers. For additional information and to register, click the links below or call (416) 408-2824 x363.

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Give the Gift of Music the Year!

The Music Appreciation Session Sampler

Rhoda Green Event A Gift Card for 3 Music Appreciation Classes
Price: $100

The Music Appreciation Session Sampler lets you sample 3 lectures of your choice from our 2017 Winter Session! Choose 3 of the following classes to attend, and explore a variety of musical genres and topics!

1. The Music of The Russian Ballet
Wed. Jan 4, 2017, 10am-12pm

2. The Nuts and Bolts of Music Theory
Thurs Jan. 12, 2017, 7:15-9:15pm

3. How Music Works: Part 1
Fri. Jan. 13, 2017, 12-1:30pm

4. I Play As I Feel: The Music and Life of Oscar Peterson
Wed. Jan. 18, 2017, 7-9pm

5. The American Songbook
Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017, 10am-12pm

6. The Franco-Flemish Golden Age: The History and Art of Polyphony
Tues. Feb. 7, 2017, 10am-12pm

7. Beethoven Sonatas
Wed. Feb. 8, 2017, 1-3pm

8. “My Time Will Come”: The Music of Gustav Mahler
Tues. Feb. 14, 2017, 1-3pm

9. Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos
Tues. Mar. 7, 2017, 7-9pm

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Winter 2017 Music Appreciation Sessions

 

The Music of the Russian Ballet The Music of the Russian Ballet
4-week series
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Wednesdays, 10:00am -12:00pm
Jan. 4 to Jan. 25
Fee: $195

When we think of great ballet music, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and the Firebird come easily to mind. These masterpieces are often staged by major ballet companies around the world. Join Rick Phillips as he explores the artistry and composition behind some of the greatest ballet music written by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.
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Staging Myth and Mayhem in Wagner's Ring Staging Myth and Mayhem in Wagner's Ring
4-week series
Instructor: Wayne Gooding
Tuesdays, 10:00am -12:00pm
Jan. 10 to Jan. 31
Fee: $215

Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is unique in opera for the scale of its musical, vocal and theatrical ambitions. In this four-session introduction, we explore the musical and theatrical demands of the Ring cycle through the lens of performance practice from Wagner’s own time to the present day. This course will examine the circumstances of the Ring’s composition, the way it embodies Wagner’s own ideas about music theatre, and how his concept of opera as a “total work of art” has played out right into the age of digital media.

Course fee includes a ticket to the Canadian Opera Company Dress Rehearsal of Gotterdammerung on Monday January 30th at 5 pm.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Music Theory The Nuts and Bolts of Music Theory
10-week series
Instructor: Jana Skarecky
Thursdays, 7:15pm -9:15pm
Jan. 12 - Mar. 30
Fee: $445

Are you interested in learning the building blocks and structure of written music? In this series we'll explore theory topics including: musical notation, key signatures, intervals, chords and chord progressions. Learn the rudimentary concepts of music theory and unlock a whole new level to your understanding and appreciation of music.
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How Music Works: Part 1 How Music Works: Part 1
10-week series
Instructor: James Stager
Fridays, 12:00pm -1:30pm
Jan 13 - Mar. 31
Fee: $375

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical series combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love! For those who have taken this course, check out How Music Works: Part 2 !
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How Music Works: Part 2 How Music Works: Part 2
10-week series
Instructor: James Stager
Fridays, 10:00am -11:30am
Jan. 13 - Mar. 31
Fee: $375

A continuation of How Music Works, this series will explore a wide variety of musical genres spanning the centuries. This course will draw connections between these diverse genres by looking at works by an eclectic list of composers and groups from Monteverdi, Bach and Mozart to Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Radiohead.
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I Play As I Feel: The Music of Oscar Peterson "I Play As I Feel": The Music of Oscar Peterson
6-week series
Instructor: Mark Micklethwaite
Wednesdays, 7:00pm -9:00pm
Jan. 18 - Feb. 22
Fee: $295

Join instructor Mark Micklethwaite as he uncovers the creative life of Canadian music legend, Oscar Peterson. One lesson will be comprised of a concert featuring Micklethwaite and other Canadian jazz artists.
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The Great North American Popular Songbook The Great North American Popular Songbook
4-week series
Instructor: Peteris Zarins
Thursdays, 10:00am -12:00pm
Feb.2 - Feb.23
Fee: $245

What constitutes a great song? And what then constitutes a Great North American Popular Song? Learn about the influences from the remarkable tunesmiths and witty lyricists of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway in this fascinating series on the history of popular music and song.
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The Franco-Flemish Golden Age The Franco-Flemish Golden Age: The History and Art of Polyphony
4-week series
Instructor: Katherine Hill
Tuesdays, 10:00am -12:00pm
Feb. 7 - Feb. 28
Fee: $195

In collaboration with The Toronto Consort, this four-week series will explore the origins and development of part-music, or polyphony, in western Europe, allowing participants to gain deeper insight into the forms, functions and undeniable glories of the Franco-Flemish style. Fee includes a ticket to the Toronto Consort's production of Triptych on March 3rd and 4th, 2017. This concert will uncover the musical world of Hieronymous Bosch and it features guest ensemble, Capella Pratensis from Belgium.
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The Piano Sonatas By Beethoven The Piano Sonatas by Beethoven
10-week series
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Wednesdays, 1:00pm -3:00pm
Feb. 8 to Apr. 19
Fee: $445

Join Rick Phillips on a detailed guide through Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas. Discover how Beethoven used his compositional skills to push the limits and boundaries of the instrument.
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The Music of Gustav Mahler "My Time Will Come": The Music of Gustav Mahler
10-week series
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Tuesdays, 1:00pm -3:00pm
Feb. 14 - Apr. 25
Fee: $445

The music of Gustav Mahler was not appreciated during his lifetime, causing him to remark "My time will come." This series will serve as an introduction to Mahler's musical world.
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Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos
6-week series
Instructor: Dr. Hannah French
Tuesdays, 7:00pm -9:00pm
Mar. 7 - Apr. 11
Fee: $295

Each week of this series will focus on a specific concerto introducing basic elements of the score (whether you read music or not), recorded performances, and discussion on both the historical context and the challenges they pose for performers and listeners today.
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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:  The Unknown Vivaldi: Scott Rettberg; The Music of The Russian Ballet: Public Domain; The Art of Opera: Wagner: Josef Hoffmann; The Nuts and Bolts of Music Theory: Rachel Johnson; How Music Works Part 1: Stuart Lowe; How Music Works Part 2: Stuart Lowe; The Music of Oscar Peterson:Public Domain; The Great North American Popular Songbook: Ellgaard Holger; The Art of Opera:From Page to Stage: Laura Brooks; The Franco-Flemish Golden Age: WGA; The Piano Sonatas by Beethoven: Elliott Billings; The Music of Mahler: Walter Anton; Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos: Nobbi P.