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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Upcoming Music Appreciation Events

 

Simply Brill Songs from the 1960s: Lecture and Sing-Along
Instructor: Jordan Klapman
Thursday, June 1
7-9pm
Fee: $25

Simply Brill' is a musical lecture series celebrating the popular hit songs created by young Jewish-American songwriters working in and around Manhattan's famous Brill building. Join instructor, Jordan Klapman for an open lecture and a sing-a-long concert in Mazzoleni Hall! Sing the classics with Jordan Klapman on the keys! More info or to register.

Music Appreciation Sessions Starting in May & June


 

Simply Brill Simply Brill': Great Songs of the 1960s
Instructor: Jordan Klapman
Thursdays, 7:00pm -9:00pm
May 11 - Jun. 1 (4-week series)
Fee: $195

Simply Brill' is an four-week musical lecture series celebrating the popular hit songs created by young Jewish-American songwriters working in and around Manhattan's famous Brill building. We will enjoy listening to dozens of their hit recordings, and learn about the fascinating background of many of the great Brill songwriters of the Sixties: Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Burt Bacharach, Leiber and Stoller, Phil Spector, Doc Pomus, Barry Mann, Ellie Greenwich... and many others who launched stellar careers from the cramped cubicles of the Brill Building.
The last class will be a sing-a-long concert in Mazzoleni Hall! Come sing the classics with Jordan Klapman on the keys! More info or to register.


 

The Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview: With Rick Phillips! TSMF Preview Series
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Wednesdays, 1:00pm -3:00pm
June 28 to Jul. 12 (3-week series)
Fee: $150

 

The Blue Jays, Shakespeare in High Park, strolling on Harbourfront, the Toronto Islands, the CNE – these are all popular pastimes for Torontonians in the summer. For music lovers, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, now in its 12th season, has become a regular highlight of every summer, featuring world-class musicians and ensembles in a spectacular array of concerts, lectures, and masterclasses in various venues throughout the downtown core.

This summer, in celebration of Canada 150, Artistic Director Jonathan Crow has designed a wonderful schedule of concerts featuring some of Canada’s top classical musicians and ensembles in a broad variety of great music, from various eras, created here in Canada and around the world. This 3-week series will delve into some of the works to be heard, offering insight and background to further your enjoyment of TSMF 2017. Also featured will be an appearance by Jonathan Crow for an informal Q & A session.
More info or to register.


* 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 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.;The Ten Minute Musical: Randy Lemoine; Harry Somers' Louis Riel: Public Domain; How Music Works-The Beatles: Public Domain; Mozart- The Mass in C Minor: Pedro Sanchez; Keys Composers Choose: Rachel Johnson; Simply Brill- Great Songs of the 1960s: American Studio, 1960; Score to Sound-Discovering the BBC Proms: Amanda Slater; Canada's Music Mosaic: Nicola Betts; Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvorak: Public Domain; Roots of Venetian Opera: Public Domain; Frederic Chopin- Polish Patriot, Passionate Pianist: Elliot Billings