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

Festival Preview: TD Toronto Jazz Festival Festival Preview: TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Fridays, 10:30am-12:00pm
May 27 to Jun. 10
Course fee: $110

Join Jamie Stager as he explores the music and musicians coming to Toronto this summer for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! This course includes engaging lectures and a special in-class discussion with Josh Grossman, Artistic Director of Toronto Downtown Jazz.
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Festival Preview: Toronto Summer Music Festival Festival Preview: Toronto Summer Music Festival
Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Jun. 22 to Jul. 13
Course fee: $189

Delve into the topic and music of this summer's TSMF, with background, history and insights into the composers, music and musicians, enhancing your overall 2016 TSMF experience. Also featured will be an interview and informal in-class Q and A with TSMF Artistic Director, Douglas McNabney.
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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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* 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: Orchestral Music of Brahms: Hector Fantini; Opera Overtures: Bo Huang; Cinematic Music: Holger Ellgaard; Opera in the City: DuPage Opera Theatre, Cebula; Discover Jazz: BBC Big Band, Burmingham, England; The Grand Tour: The Musicians by Caravaggio at Metropolitan Museum of Art by Yair Haklai (own work); The Schumann Cirle: Chamber Music Socity artists Erin Keefe, Richard O'Neill, and Andreas Brantelid, photo by Tristan Cook; Elgar: Herbert Lambert.