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WINTER 2018 Program Guide

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FOR EVERY STAGE mru.ca/Conservatory


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From scales to sonatas, we all start somewhere. Where you go depends on you. MRU Conservatory Music and Speech Arts Education for every stage


Who we are At Mount Royal University Conservatory, we believe that the human spirit achieves its truest expression and deepest fulfillment through the arts. Our mission is to nurture the artistic potential in everyone, while identifying and training the great artists of tomorrow. With diverse programs, ensembles and concert events, the Mount Royal Conservatory continues to be a beacon for the arts community, as it has since 1911.

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Come fulfill your truest expression with us.

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Emerge with us If you are an emerging artist or an arts enthusiast, we have a program for you. From our baby and toddler music classes to our elite advanced performance programs, we have a dynamic offering of private lessons, group courses and ensembles to choose from. All you need to bring is a love of music and speech arts.

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It’s easy to sign up for Conservatory private lessons and group classes Step 1: Search and select the lessons or classes that are right for you Are you the kind of person that likes to browse? Then go ahead and flip through the pages or go to our website at mru.ca/Cons/Register. Maybe you know exactly what you are looking for. If so, proceed to the table of contents on page 6.

Step 2: Get a Mount Royal student identification number If the participant (you or your child) do not already have one, go to mru.ca/Cons/Register.

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Step 3: Arrange private lessons

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Call us at 403.440.6821 if you want to take private lessons. A coordinator will help you with placement into the right lessons. With this information (the number, length, time and day), you are ready for the next step.

Step 4: Register now We’re ready to sign you up starting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 a.m. • Go online at mru.ca/cons/register anytime, anywhere. You can register up to the day a class starts.

}} Pay with Visa or MasterCard. • Phone 403.440.6821. We will be ready to answer your call during office hours.

}} Pay with Visa or MasterCard. • Visit us at the Conservatory Main Reception Desk during office hours. The desk is located on the Ground Level, ED 0300, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB.

Office hours M – Th • 8:30 a.m.– 8 p.m.

F • 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Withdrawal Policy For class lessons, there is a no-refund policy. In extenuating circumstances, the student may file an appeal in writing to the Program Administrator, General Programs, requesting a refund. If approved, a $25 administration fee will be deducted from the refund. If a student formally withdraws from private lessons before the fourth scheduled lessons, a refund will be made equal to the tuition paid less a $25 processing fee and the cost of four lessons. Withdrawals made after the fourth scheduled lesson will not receive a refund. For all withdrawals and refund requests, the instructor will provide an accurate, correct record of all lessons scheduled. In the

absence of such records, the student’s claim as to the number of lessons scheduled will be used with the Conservatory Office records to determine the refund due. Ways to withdraw • Phone: 403.440.6821 • Email: conservatory@mtroyal.ca • Fax: 403.440.7277 • Mail or in person: Conservatory Main Reception Desk, Ground Level, ED 0300, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB, T3E 6K6


As a Conservatory student, you will learn and perform in the magnificent Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts. As well, you can hold your next event, conference, trade show or performance at Mount Royal University.

The Event and Theatre Services team has what it takes to make your next event a success. From site plans to audiovisual requirements, from menu planning to event signage, and from box office to theatre technical services, our professionals are with you every step of the way.

THE BELLA CONCERT HALL

This is the crown jewel of the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts. Since its debut in 2015, the 787-seat house has set the stage for local and international artists to resonate.

TRANSALTA PAVILION

Home to countless clinics, rehearsals and performance events, this versatile space (156 seats) has floor-to-ceiling windows and an acoustically designed wall for sound optimization.

MASTER CLASSES AND STUDIOS

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ENJOY OUR STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES THEATRES

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Students are trained in state-of-the-art soundproofed spaces, equipped with digital hubs for global online lessons, in-room acoustic treatment for the best sound and a piano in almost every room.

For more intimate presentation venues, the Nickle Theatre (183 seats), the Wright Theatre (265 seats) and the Leacock Theatre (305 seats) are great spaces to bring your community together.

RODERICK MAH CENTRE FOR CONTINUOUS LEARNING

One of the finest learning and conference venues in North America, this centre boasts a flexible 600–person capacity hall, numerous meeting and training rooms, computer labs and a large boardroom.

Event and Theatre Services

403.440.8890 | mrevents@mtroyal.ca | mru.ca/MREvents

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Table of Contents

Private Lessons .........................................................................7

Custom Workshops and Clinics ..............................................7 Academy Program for Young Artists ..................................... 8 Early Childhood Programs Music with Your Baby .................................................... 9 Music and Movement ................................................. 10 Kodály Prep Class .........................................................11 Kodály Level 1 ...............................................................11 Kodály Level 2 .............................................................. 12 Kodály Level 3 .............................................................. 12 Kodály Level 4 .............................................................. 12 Kodály Advanced Musicianship ................................... 12 Orff Prep Classes ......................................................... 13 Orff Basic Classes ....................................................... 13 Orff Ensembles ............................................................ 13 Early Childhood Strings ................................................ 14 Children’s Early Cello Ensembles ................................. 15 Suzuki Programs ....................................................................16 Choirs and Vocals Mount Royal Arietta Choir .............................................17

Music Theory and History .................................................... 24 Speech Arts and Drama Rhymes and Rhythms ................................................. 25 Storybook Series ......................................................... 25 Act Up, Speak Out! ...................................................... 25 Speak Up, Make Your Point .......................................... 26 Speechworks ............................................................... 26 Junior and Intermediate Debate Club .......................... 27 Senior Debate Club ...................................................... 27 Junior Speech Ensemble ............................................. 27 Shakespeare Ensemble ............................................... 27 World Music Carnatic Raga Music .................................................... 28 Hindustani Vocal Music ................................................ 28 Kathak Dance ............................................................... 28 Klezmer Ensemble ....................................................... 28 Mount Royal Taiko Drumming ...................................... 30 Children’s Taiko ............................................................. 30 Youth Taiko ................................................................... 30 Beginner Taiko for Adults ............................................. 30

Mount Royal Aria Choir .................................................17

Taiko Ensemble – Ready, Set, Kadon ........................... 30

Mount Royal Arioso Choir .............................................17

Taiko Ensemble – Jack Bazaar ...................................... 31

Mount Royal Artio Choir ...............................................17

West African Drumming .............................................. 31

Kantorei Choir .............................................................. 18

Mandarin Children’s Choir ............................................ 31

Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir ........................................... 18

Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir ........................................... 31

Mandarin Children’s Choir ............................................ 18 Hindustani Vocal Music ................................................ 18 Carnatic Raga Music .................................................... 18 Orchestras and Ensembles Junior Orchestra Program ............................................ 20 Calgary Youth Orchestra ............................................... 20 Calgary Sinfonia ........................................................... 20

Atelier ED1120, Lobby Level

Mount Royal Chamber Flutes ...................................... 20 Fiddle Classes ............................................................. 21 Senior Guitar Ensemble (Classical Guitar) ................... 21 De Boeck Jazz Combo ................................................. 21

Conservatory Reception ED 0300 Ground Level

TransAlta Pavilion ED 2102, Mezzanine Level

Advanced High School Students and Adults ................ 20 Horizon Brass Trumpet Troupe ..................................... 21

Bella Concert Hall

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Swing Big Band ........................................................... 21

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Adult Bands Mount Royal Adult Beginner Band ............................... 22 Mount Royal Adult Intermediate Band ......................... 22 Group Lessons Introduction to Ukulele ................................................ 23 Guitar Group Classes ................................................... 23 Jazz Improv .................................................................. 23 Horn Group Lessons .................................................... 23 Accordion Group Classes ............................................. 23

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Private Lessons Every person, every age and every level of development Private lessons are available in all areas of music and speech instruction for all ages and levels of development, either on-campus or in many Calgary communities. They are taught by highly qualified professional teachers and performers with real-life musical experience. Lessons are taught in a variety of styles, including: blues, classical, contemporary, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, latin, popular, rock, traditional and much more. All lessons are tailored to your interests. New students must complete an online lesson placement request form at mru.ca/lessonform. A coordinator will then contact you directly to assist with your placement for the term and help determine the day, time and duration of your lessons. If you have all the registration information you need, you can call 403.440.6821 during office hours to register. Fees: $69 – $110/hr.

Strings • Violin • Viola • Cello • Double Bass • Guitar • Harp

Woodwinds • Flute • Clarinet • Oboe • Bassoon • Saxophone

Brass • Trumpet • French Horn

Chinese Instruments • Erhu • Dizi • Guzheng

Voice

Composition

Custom Workshops and Clinics Experience the Mount Royal University Conservatory difference Mount Royal University Conservatory is committed to supporting non-profit music education in our community and creating exceptional learning opportunities for young performers. We will work with you to design custom workshops or clinics for any size. At the Mount Royal University Conservatory, group programs are tailored to your budget, needs and schedule. Offerings include: • concert bands and wind ensembles • jazz bands, ensembles and combos • choirs/choral groups • strings • orchestras • professional development workshops for teachers • taiko drumming workshops Not only will you be working with Western Canada’s most experienced and comprehensive music school, you will have access to superior facilities.

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• The Taylor Centre for Performing Arts features state of the-art studios, master class suites, large ensemble rehearsal rooms and performance theatres which will accommodate full orchestras and mass choirs

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• Access to on-campus catering and food service options

Speech Arts and Drama Music History

Piano/Keyboard

• MRU carries comprehensive liability insurance as a public, post-secondary institution • Workshops can include access to MRU recreational facilities, including the Aquatic Centre, Stanley Gymnasium and Climbing Centre • Diverse supplementary music options are also offered

• Trombone • Euphonium • Tuba

To discuss your requirements, email clinics@mtroyal.ca.

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Academy Program for Young Artists Entrance to all Academy programs is by audition only. Applications for 2018/19 will be accepted from Feb. 15 to April 15, 2018. Auditions will take place in May. For more information, please contact academychoral@mtroyal.ca. An enrichment program providing intensive musical training of the highest quality to today’s outstanding young artists, the Academy Program offers participants a balanced, performance-based course of study, as well as opportunities to meet and perform with professional musicians and renowned teachers.

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Specific training includes: sessions with acclaimed musicians in private lessons; small group classes and master classes; individual sessions with an assigned collaborative pianist; chamber music coachings; frequent recitals aimed at developing confidence and stage presence; and, participation in a large ensemble for those students who play orchestral instruments.

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Through regular performances, participants gain valuable experience in a variety of settings for audiences that may consist of their peers, faculty members, guest artists and the public. The Academy Program offers gifted young musicians the opportunity to progress at an accelerated pace. Graduates who continue with their musical studies are much sought after by leading post-secondary music schools and performance ensembles in Canada, the United States and Europe. The Academy Program’s reputation is known and respected throughout the world.

Strings, Piano, Woodwinds and Brass The Academy’s instrumental program is divided into distinct levels: • Junior Academy: students benefit from the extensive technical enrichment provided at this level, with emphasis on developing technical proficiency and musical skills • Intermediate Academy: students play more advanced repertoire and continue to develop their performance skills • Associate Academy: younger students play advanced repertoire to prepare for the Senior Academy • Senior Academy: musically mature students play very advanced repertoire In addition, we are pleased to offer an Honours Class, which is suitable for extraordinary young talents accelerating at a pace beyond their age. New students are placed in the program based on the results of their audition, while those already in the Academy are required to re-audition yearly to maintain their enrolment or move on to the next level. Students not placed into one of these levels may be considered for Academy Participant status.

Guitar The Academy guitar program is for enthusiastic, ambitious young players seeking a well-rounded music education. This cost-effective program is designed as a supplement to a student’s private guitar lessons, offering a group environment where they may further develop their playing ability, performance skills, theoretical foundation and overall musicianship. With Junior, Intermediate, Associate and Senior levels, the program includes dedicated young players, as well as aspiring professionals.

Voice This is a comprehensive, credit-free training program for singers ages 13 – 19 who exhibit a sincere desire and the vocal talent to become a classical singer. The vocal program is a supplement to private voice lessons, focusing on the educational needs of the developing singer and offering large and small ensemble performance experience. Singing in monthly recitals is required and lectures pertaining to the study of classical voice are part of this program. For full information on the Academy for Young Artists, visit mru.ca/Academy.

Wyatt Artist in Residence Program In music, as in other disciplines, artists often point to an educational encounter with or a transformational performance by a great artist as the inspiration for their commitment to a life in the performing arts. The Wyatt Artist in Residence Program strives to provide our Academy students with those transformational experiences, bringing them together with the very best mentors in their field and closing the loop between emerging talent and truly great artists of our time. This important component of the Academy for Young Artists was initiated by an anonymous supporter in honour of Hal Wyatt and his wife, Marnie. Since its inception, the Wyatt program has afforded our students the opportunity to hear and study with an incredible array of international stars in intimate master class settings. Past artists in residence include: James Ehnes, Nicola Benedetti and Ian Swensen, violin; Laurence Lesser, Lynn Harrell and Frans Helmerson, cello; Anton Kuerti, Gabriela Montero and Yuja Wang, piano; the Assad Brothers, guitar; Susanne Mentzer, Russell Braun and New York Polyphony, voice; and the New Orford and Vogler quartets. For more information, visit mru.ca/Wyatt.


Early Childhood Programs Music with Your Baby Music with Your Baby creates a strong partnership among parent, teacher and child, in which you play an important role in developing your child’s full potential. This unique program for babies, from newborn to 36 months, is based on the principle that the greatest development of a child’s natural abilities takes place in an environment that is enriched by music and language. The program promotes confidence and self-esteem, increases focus and concentration, strengthens physical and aural awareness, and fosters a love of music, language and learning that will last throughout your child’s life. A foundation of listening is built using the human voice in rhyme, rhythm and song. Traditional folk and nursery songs, rhymes, chants and storytelling are also presented, all while respecting the learning pace of each child. $325

0 to 24 months 16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1254

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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CRN 1255

16 classes

Feb. 2 – May 25

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1256

16 classes

Feb. 2 – May 25

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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CRN 1257

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

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CRN 1259

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

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CRN 1718

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

11 – 11:45 a.m.

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CRN 1245

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1246

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

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CRN 1248

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

11:15 a.m. – noon

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CRN 1258

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 9

9 – 9:45 a.m.

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$325

Classes at Vecova CRN 1251

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

9 – 9:45 a.m.

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CRN 1253

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1250

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

11 – 11:45 a.m.

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CRN 1267

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1268

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

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CRN 1270

16 classes

Feb. 2 – May 25

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

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CRN 1271

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

9 – 9:45 a.m.

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CRN 1272

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1260

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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CRN 1261

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1262

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

10:20 – 11:05 a.m.

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CRN 1615

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1994

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

$325

24 to 36 months

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$325

Classes at Vecova CRN 1263

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

9 – 9:45 a.m.

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CRN 1264

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1252

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Early Childhood Programs Music and Movement Music and Movement (Eurhythmics) combines imaginative play, musical games, singing and instrument playing. Your child will use instruments and equipment such as xylophones, glockenspiels, hand drums, rhythm sticks, Orff instruments, balls, hoops and scarves. Creative movement is an important part of the program. Your child will develop coordination, concentration and self-confidence while learning the fundamentals of music. This program provides a sound basis for children who wish to continue the study of music or dance. It is based on ideas developed by educator and musician Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. All classes are parented classes (parents are in attendance), 45 minutes long and held once a week. Students in our Music and Movement classes must have reached their third birthday before Sept. 1. $325

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3 to 4 year olds CRN 1240

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

CRN 1241

16 classes

Feb. 2 – May 25

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

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CRN 1242

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1243

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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CRN 1238

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

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$325

Classes at Vecova CRN 1244

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16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

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Early Childhood Programs Kodály Classes Kodály musicianship classes create a playful atmosphere where children use the voice as their first instrument. Children are actively engaged as they develop music reading and writing skills that prepare budding musicians for future studies. This includes: • in-tune singing • beat, rhythm, melody, form • phrasing, dynamics • tempo and timbre Xylophones and rhythm instruments are used to reinforce concepts first heard through singing. In advanced levels, the recorder is introduced to reinforce music reading skills. Parental involvement is an essential component of the Kodály Program. Parents join their children for the final 10 minutes of each class and are encouraged to share musical activities at home. Children have weekly take-home activities to reinforce the lessons.

Enrolment is accepted in September or February, depending on your child’s readiness for an un-parented experience. $195

3 year olds CRN 1235

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

6 – 6:30 p.m.

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CRN 1236

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

8:30 – 9 a.m.

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CRN 1237

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1943

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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CRN 2051

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

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Kodály Level 1 $289

4 year olds CRN 1204

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

2 – 2:45 p.m.

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CRN 1211

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

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CRN 1206

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

5:15 – 6 p.m.

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CRN 1207

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

9 – 9:45 a.m.

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CRN 1208

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1995

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

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CRN 1209

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

11 – 11:45 a.m.

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16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

$289

Classes at Vecova CRN 1205

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Early Childhood Programs Kodály Level 2 $289

5 and 6 year olds CRN 1214

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

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CRN 1215

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

1:15 – 2 p.m.

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CRN 1216

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

4:15 – 5 p.m.

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CRN 1218

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

10 – 10:45 a.m.

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CRN 1219

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

11:15 a.m. – noon

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CRN 1220

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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CRN 1801

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

1 – 1:45 p.m.

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16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

$289

Classes at Vecova CRN 1213

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$329

Children must have completed Level 2 CRN 1221

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

CRN 1222

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

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CRN 1223

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

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CRN 1224

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

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CRN 1225

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

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Kodály Level 4 $329

Children must have completed Level 3 CRN 1228

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

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CRN 1230

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

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CRN 1946

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

5 – 6 p.m.

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Kodály Advanced Musicianship $329

Children must have completed Level 4 CRN 1231

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

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CRN 1232

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 16

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

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Early Childhood Programs Orff Classes Using their voices to speak and sing, and their bodies to move and dance, children in Orff classes joyously progress from musical imitation to improvisation and literacy. The classes are based on things children enjoy: singing, chanting rhymes, clapping, dancing and keeping a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making it first, and then by reading and writing music later, as age appropriate. Students explore their own creative expression in a non-competitive atmosphere. The unity of music, speech and movement are essential in the teaching based on the ideas of Carl Orff. Through singing, dancing and playing on a wide variety of instruments, children learn music in a playful and holistic way. At the end of the term, each class has the opportunity to perform in one of MRU’s beautiful theatres. The whole family is invited to celebrate the children’s accomplishments. All Orff Classes are unparented.

Orff Prep Classes This is an un-parented class, which introduces some of the fundamental elements of music in a playful and holistic way. The children sing, dance and play music on a variety of instruments and develop their intellectual, motor, emotional and social skills. $325

3 and 4 year olds • Classes at Vecova 16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 30

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

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Orff Basic Classes This class is for four year olds who have previous music experiences (e.g. Music and Movement classes or Orff Prep) and for five year olds with no previous music experience. By making music together and later labelling and consciously experiencing the elements of music, children learn about rhythm, beat, melody and basic music notation. $325

4 and 5 year olds CRN 1279

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

11 – 11:45 a.m.

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CRN 1788

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

12 – 12:45 p.m.

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CRN 1276

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

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$325

Classes at Vecova CRN 1277

16 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

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CRN 1280

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

2 – 2:45 p.m.

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Orff Ensembles This class is for five year olds who have taken the Orff Basic class and six and seven year olds with no previous music experience. Children will learn and create arrangements using un-pitched percussion and Orff instruments, such as xylophones. For Level 2, children must have completed two terms of Level 1. $395

Level 1 (5, 6 and 7 year olds) CRN 1274

16 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 9

1 – 2 p.m.

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CRN 1273

16 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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$395

Classes at Vecova Level 1 CRN 1275

16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

4 – 5 p.m.

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16 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

5 – 6 p.m.

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Level 2 CRN 1816

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CRN 1278

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Early Childhood Programs Early Childhood Strings The Conservatory’s Early Childhood Strings program provides specialized instructional balance. Your child will benefit by being in a supportive group setting where games and songs provide an enjoyable child-centred environment. Group classes provide you with a cost-effective way to ensure your child profits from an exceptional learning experience. Students learn through games, songs, solfege, rhythm, music reading and storytelling. After one to two years, depending on the individual child, they will be able to: • play with good posture and physical set up • exhibit good technical fundamentals • be grounded in sound production, rhythm and solfege • perform simple melodies on their instruments • properly care for their instruments In addition to the intrinsic value of learning to play an instrument well, studies show there are many non-musical benefits for your child. These include: • more robust brain stem responses to sound

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• improved discrimination of pitch and segmentation, and enhanced neural processing of speech

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• better working memory and cognitive flexibility • enhanced reading abilities • greater spatial-navigational reasoning, visual form analysis, numerical discrimination and receptive vocabulary • increased finger motor skills

$520

Violin: 4 years old and up CRN 1549

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 5

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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CRN 1550

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 5

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

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CRN 2076

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 5

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

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CRN 1661

12 classes

Feb. 6 – May 8

5 – 5:45 p.m.

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CRN 2078

12 classes

Feb. 6 – May 1

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

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CRN 2077

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

2 – 2:45 p.m.

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$520

Cello: 4 years old and up

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Early Childhood Programs Children’s Early Cello Ensembles Cello group classes are a wonderful complement to private lessons as they allow young cellists to experience the fun of making music with their peers. Children’s daily practice is inspired by sharing their weekly accomplishments through solo performance and being able to celebrate the success of their friends. Technique is improved through scale and arpeggio repetition, focus on in-tune ringing tones and maintaining fine cello posture. Beginning reading, rhythm and music theory are actively put to use through unison, two- and three-voice ensemble playing. This program provides weekly performance opportunities and four Saturday morning recitals each year, which feature the group and solo repertoire prepared in class. Classes include: • basic music, specific cello and chamber music skills • effective classroom, audience and performance behaviour • extended cello techniques learned through accompanied storytelling • weekly scale, arpeggio and technical bow work • important music theory and reading tools • solo performance opportunities with piano accompaniment • the inspiring experience of putting all of the above together, while creating music with their friends All young cellists are welcome. However, in the best interest of the student, they must also have a regular private lesson instructor.

CRN 1199

14 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

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9 to 12 year olds 14 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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$269

3 to 8 year olds

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Suzuki Programs Programs

Trumpet

For 3 year olds and up

Taught by the first accredited Suzuki trumpet instructor in North America, Natalie DeJong, this program will pilot the use of the first Suzuki trumpet book. The year-long program provides a balance between working on musical literacy and gaining instrumental skills so students develop the ability to read music and to play their instrument with beautiful tone and strong technique.

All Mount Royal University Conservatory Suzuki programs are endorsed by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association. Each program delivers musical and instrumental instruction in accordance with the proven Suzuki method instructional philosophy: • learning to play an instrument in the same way they learn to speak their native language with a step-by-step process based on listening, watching and building their own “musical-instrumental vocabulary” • supportive atmosphere, tailored to the learning pace of each child

All Suzuki Program instruction is provided as private lessons. To register, call MRU Conservatory, 403.440.6821.

• musical and instrumental skills gained through step-bystep learning

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• learning instrumental skills before learning to read music and play simultaneously • individual attention in private lessons and group learning in a positive social environment • parental involvement You will attend all your child’s classes and be a practice coach at home. To prepare you for this role, you will participate in Suzuki training prior to your child’s first lessons.

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Piano Piano students in the Suzuki method learn music in a simple and direct way, similar to the way they learn to speak. Throughout the Suzuki growing process, your child thrives in an atmosphere of continual support and understanding. Every aspect of the Suzuki program is dedicated to the child — from repertoire, lesson length and seating at the instrument to the positive pedagogic approach. Parents participate actively, attending lessons and practicing with their child at home.

Guitar Every child can learn to play the guitar at a high level. Listening to recordings of guitar repertoire, parental involvement, group classes, daily practice and encouragement are key elements of the Suzuki method. Carefully chosen repertoire will enable your child to build excellent technique and musicianship from a solid foundation of musical awareness. To make studying classical guitar fun, musical games are played and learning happens one step at a time. In addition to weekly lessons, your child will learn from other students in bi-monthly group classes and frequent recitals. These learning opportunities will further your child’s playing skills and motivation.

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Choirs and Vocals Mount Royal Arietta Choir One of Mount Royal Conservatory’s youngest choral groups, Arietta provides an opportunity for young singers to begin a lifelong journey in music. Using choral repertoire, vocal and musical literacy is carefully developed. This allows singers to build social and emotional connections while pursuing musical excellence with new friends. The Arietta Choir regularly shares their gift of music with the Calgary community, and performs with the Mount Royal Conservatory’s family of choirs on Calgary’s finest stages. $500*

Kindergarten to Grade 2 CRN 1148

34 classes

Sept. 6 – May 16

6 – 7:15 p.m.

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Mount Royal Aria Choir The Aria Choir program provides an opportunity for singers to continue developing their vocal and musical literacy in a fun and creative environment. Choristers explore more advanced repertoire, allowing singers to build social and emotional connections as they pursue musical excellence with new friends. The Aria Choir regularly shares their gift of music with the Calgary community, and performs with the Mount Royal Conservatory’s family of choirs on Calgary’s finest stages. $500*

Grades 3 to 6 34 classes

Sept. 6 – May 16

6 – 7:15 p.m.

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Mount Royal Arioso Choir The Arioso Choir program provides singers with the opportunity to pursue and experience the challenge, joy and reward of singing the highest calibre of choral music. Choristers receive exceptional musicianship instruction, varied performance opportunities and local and international touring experience, while building community, experiencing social growth and honing a passion for excellence. Arioso singers have shared the stage with international choirs, including the Vienna Boys’ Choir at the 2014 World Peace Choral Festival in Vienna, and performed in the 2016 Unisong Festival, celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa, Ont. $515*

Grades 6 to 12 CRN 1042

34 classes

Sept. 6 – May 16

7 – 8:30 p.m.

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Mount Royal Artio Choir The name Artio is derived from the Celtic word for “bear,” and was the name of a Gallo-Roman goddess who often took the form of a bear. She represents creative, bold and emergent abundance — all qualities that describe the singers who make up the Mount Royal Artio Choir and what they do. The Artio Choir specializes in choral music that is distinct, demanding, diverse and innovative. Members explore a variety of genres from early music through to innovative creations crafted by today’s composers. They reimagine and reinvent music of the past and embrace the avant-garde music of tomorrow while continually seeking to push the boundaries of choral music and performance. Mount Royal Artio presents a final choral music performance each year that fuses music with innovative ideas and other art forms. This includes choral theatre performances that give audiences exciting new performance presentations that draw upon the talent and imagination of the members. If you are imaginative and keen to explore music and art in a variety of forms, consider joining the Mount Royal Artio Choir. $580*

15 years old and up CRN 1383

34 classes

Sept. 12 – May 15

7 – 9:30 p.m.

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*Fees are prorated if joining in the Winter 2018 term. For January enrolment, please contact the Coordinator of Choir Programs at 403.440.6832 or chasannielsen@mtroyal.ca

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CRN 1940

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Choirs and Vocals Kantorei Choir Mount Royal Kantorei is a mixed-voice auditioned choir that embraces a varied repertoire, ranging from W.A. Mozart to Eric Whitacre. The choir focuses on classical music of all periods, Canadian repertoire and contemporary works. Through its connection with Mount Royal University, the ensemble aims to strengthen the musical and vocal skills of individual members, and is unique in offering individual vocal coaching to all its members, along with workshops and sectional rehearsals to enhance the choir as a whole. $399*

16 years old and up CRN 1153

34 classes

Sept. 11 – May 14

7:15 – 9:45 p.m.

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Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir Under the directorship of its founder and conductor Shana Yang, the choir has grown to consist of more than 60 enthusiastic choral music lovers. The choir is actively involved in the city, especially in the local Chinese community.

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The Zhi-Yin Choir is a mixed-voice adult choir. Its main focus is on popular and classical Chinese music, with Mandarin being the most commonly used language. The name of the choir means “friends in music.” The choir shares experience and cooperation in music in order to build friendships and to promote multiculturalism in Canada. The Zhi-Yin Choir provides vocal coaching to all of its members through its music conductor and guest speakers. The choir has been active in hosting concerts in Calgary annually and has also participated in concerts in Edmonton, Vancouver and New York. $200*

16 years old and up CRN 1382

34 classes

Sept. 10 – Jun. 24

5 – 8 p.m.

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Mandarin Children’s Choir Join our first-ever Mandarin Children’s Choir and explore the language and culture of China through music and song. Taught in Mandarin by our very own Shana Yang, director of the Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir, this ensemble is for children ages six to 15. Students will learn to develop musical literacy, singing techniques, and proper pronunciation using a variety of Chinese songs. $240

6 to 15 year olds CRN 2084

16 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 9

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

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Hindustani Vocal Music Hindustani vocal music is the classical music of Northern India. The music is based on the Raga system, which is a melodic scale consisting of notes from the basic seven notes (with soft notes, flat notes and sharp notes). This class takes place in a fun, organized and respectful learning environment. Students will develop and progress individually, while benefitting from a communal learning atmosphere that fosters teamwork and peer support. $155

16 years old and up CRN 1659

8 classes

Feb. 7 – Mar. 28

7 – 8:30 p.m.

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Carnatic Raga Music This course will serve as an introduction to Carnatic music. Basic exercises in different ragas will help build the knowledge of placement of the notes (Swarasthanas) and voice culture techniques will help establish a strong foundation in singing the notes. There will also be an introduction of the concept of gamakas and instruction on how to sing the gamakas correctly. Singing musical phrases using sol-fa notes (Swarajathis) in different ragas will also be covered. $175

16 years old and up CRN 2080

8 classes

Feb. 4 – Mar. 25

3 – 4 p.m.

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“(Students) will be immersed in the history and culture of these musically significant places.”

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CALGARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Emerging artists in the Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) will treasure the experience of playing in the birthplace of classical music, Europe, in the summer of 2018. The director and conductor of the internationally recognized ensemble, Edmond Agopian, is anticipating a fantastic three-city tour in Budapest, Vienna and Krakow. He is especially excited to appear at the Esterházy Palace in Hungary. “It’s one of the most magnificent baroque palaces in Austria, where (composer) Joseph Haydn worked for nearly 40 years,” Agopian says. The tour repertoire will certainly feature Haydn, but also include works by Bartok, Mozart and Chopin — all composers who created in these regions. In addition to

performances, the CYO tour is intended to open the eyes and ears of these young musicians. “We will be visiting a number of major museums, art galleries and composers’ places such as Beethoven’s residence in Heiligenstadt, where he composed a number of major works. They will be immersed in the history and culture of these musically significant places.” Since 1970, this flagship orchestra at the Mount Royal University Conservatory has toured the globe. The CYO is made up of approximately 65 musicians aged 14 to 24. To take in an visit mru.ca/CYO.

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Orchestras and Ensembles The Orchestral and Ensembles Program at Mount Royal Conservatory provides a quality ensemble experience for young string, woodwind, brass and percussion players from Calgary and the surrounding area. With six strings-based ensembles and one full orchestra, the Mount Royal Conservatory string orchestra program is one of the most comprehensive in Canada.

Junior Orchestra Program The Junior Orchestra Program offers five ensembles for string players aged seven to 15. By audition, students are placed in the ensemble that best suits their needs, at the discretion of the Junior-Orchestral Program Coordinator and ensemble directors. • Preparatory Strings: the entry-level ensemble for strings. All first-year orchestra members start in this group. • Pre-Chamber Strings A and B: string orchestras in which members benefit from further ensemble skills in preparation for the Chamber or Junior Strings. Most players have one year of experience in the Preparatory Strings or its equivalent. • Chamber Strings: a small orchestra for those eight to 12, who will benefit from detailed training. Members should have at least two years of orchestral training. • Junior Strings: a large string ensemble investigating more advanced repertoire for orchestra members aged 10 to 15. A minimum RCM Grade 4 level is preferred.

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The Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the flagship orchestra in Mount Royal Conservatory’s Orchestral Program. Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading youth orchestras, the CYO provides solid training in orchestral playing, with professional coaching from some of the best local, national and international clinicians and conductors. Workshops with guest conductors and visiting orchestras are a regular program feature. The CYO performs a series of concerts throughout the year and participates in the annual Alberta Youth Orchestra Symposium with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra in Banff. Since 1970, the orchestra has toured internationally and continues to do so, usually every second year. Acceptance into the orchestra is by competitive audition in May of each year, and is open to students aged 14 to 24. The CYO is supported by the Calgary Youth Orchestra Society, an independent not-for-profit society, which works to provide enhanced performance opportunities for the orchestra. All CYO student members and their parents or guardians automatically become members of the Society. Sign up for auditions starting April 2, 2018. Please visit our website at mru.ca/Conservatory.

Conservatory Sinfonia The Conservatory Sinfonia is for advanced string and wind players aged 12 to 18. This orchestra performs music from professional repertoire and a high degree of commitment is expected. In addition to weekly rehearsals, players participate in an annual workshop with a guest conductor, the Conservatory’s annual Winter Fantasia concert performance opportunities during the term. The former Conservatory Strings produced two CDs and was recorded by the CBC.

Mount Royal Chamber Flutes Mount Royal Chamber Flutes is open to anyone with a desire to become a better flute player and musician while having fun in the process. Whether you take private lessons or not, everyone is welcome to join. 13 year olds and up Recommended playing level: RCM Grade 4 – 6 $245

Chamber Flutes I CRN 1201

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 4

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

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Advanced High School Students and Adults Recommended playing level: RCM Grade 8 $245

Chamber Flutes II CRN 1202

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 4

8 – 9:15 p.m.

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If you are unsure of your level of playing, please contact Lucie Jones, 403.202.8765, to determine which level would be most suitable for you.

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Orchestras and Ensembles Fiddle Classes Fiddle Classes focus on different bowing patterns, developing technical skills, learning different fiddling styles and practicing back-up fiddle and harmony. You should be able to play well enough to focus on the music and not your instrument. $230

Intermediate CRN 1545

14 classes

Feb. 1 – May 17

7 – 8 p.m.

14 classes

Feb. 1 – May 17

8 – 9 p.m.

$230

Advanced CRN 1546

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Horizon Brass Trumpet Troupe Haven’t picked up your trumpet in a while and still want to play? Maybe you are practicing, but do not have a group to play with? Or maybe you are playing a lot and want to add something a little different to your musical activities? We have a new horizon for you. Mount Royal Conservatory is offering the chance for you to join a trumpet ensemble. This unique group focuses on sound, balance and blend through a variety of challenging and rewarding chamber music for trumpets. With Horizon Brass Trumpet Groupe you can: • perform in public • develop your musicianship • enjoy collaborating with other musicians $175

16 years old and up CRN 2075

8 classes

Feb. 8 – May 3

8 – 9 p.m.

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Senior Guitar Ensemble (Classical Guitar) This ensemble is for adults and teens who wish to be challenged by more advanced guitar ensemble repertoire. A minimum of RCM Grade 4 is required and previous ensemble experience is recommended. $300

14 years old and up CRN 1670

18 classes

Feb. 6 – Jun. 12

8 – 9 p.m.

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De Boeck Jazz Combo For jazz students and enthusiasts alike, this Jazz Combo class provides the opportunity to develop the ensemble and improvisational skills necessary to perform in a jazz context. Examples of course content include: 12 bar blues chorus form, standard song repertoire, 32 bar chorus form, sight reading, basic theory to assist in developing improvisation techniques, rhythm exercises and transcribed solos with analysis. Students use these elements as models for improvisation and performing in various styles. Groups will be divided into one-hour segments. $345

16 years old and up CRN 1448

17 classes

Feb. 7 – Jun. 6

6 – 9 p.m.

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CRN 1447

17 classes

Feb. 8 – Jun. 7

6 – 9 p.m.

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Swing Big Band Students from across Calgary and surrounding areas can participate in intermediate swing jazz big band under the direction of Garry De Boeck. With a focus on improvisational skills, ensemble playing and performance skills, students in the ensemble will enhance their ability to perform and enjoy jazz. $139

16 years old and up CRN 2083

12 classes

Feb. 10 – May 5

1:30 – 3 p.m.

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Adult Bands Mount Royal Adult Beginner Band This band is open to anyone with a desire to learn to play an instrument in a concert band setting. We make music in a fun, nonthreatening, non-competitive and positive environment. If you would like an opportunity to learn to play an instrument in a group setting, much like a school band, this is the group for you. No previous experience is required. You will start with the basics and keep learning. If you have been inactive in your playing for some time, this is an opportunity to relearn your instrument. Concert band instruments include: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, baritone, tuba and percussion. $289

16 years old and up CRN 1198

15 classes

Feb. 7 – May 16

7 – 8:30 p.m.

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Mount Royal Adult Intermediate Band

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The Intermediate Band is a continuation of the Beginner Band. If you are up for the challenge of playing in a mixed-level group, have at least one year experience with your instrument and can read music, this could be your group to join. We have the same positive and fun environment as the Beginner Band. $289

16 years old and up CRN 1197

15 classes

Feb. 6 – May 15

7 – 9 p.m.

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Group Lessons Introduction to Ukulele Introduction to Ukulele will have students playing a song in one minute and one second. This course is focused on having fun while learning a wide variety of songs, rhythms, techniques and playing styles. Participants will play in groups ranging from beginner to advanced levels. $175

8 to 15 year olds CRN 2074

12 classes

Feb. 8 – May 3

6 – 7 p.m.

12 classes

Feb. 8 – May 3

7:30 – 9 p.m.

$225

16 years old and up CRN 2073

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Guitar Group Classes Join our fun and easy-going groups. Learn basic chords so you can play your favourite songs. Learn cool riffs from well-known songs and scales that are used in the solos of your favourite artists. No musical experience necessary. These classes are for those 15 years and up. Students should be proficient on the guitar before registering for Level 3. $235

Level 1 CRN 1543

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

6 – 7 p.m.

16 classes

Feb. 5 – Jun. 11

7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

16 classes

Feb. 6 – Jun. 12

7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

$235

Level 3 CRN 1567

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Jazz Improv Do you find the idea of improvisation daunting or overwhelming? This program is designed to demystify the world of jazz improvisation in a relaxed and comfortable environment. You will be set up with the tools to help you take your skills as an improviser to the next level. By the end of the seven-week course, you will have improved your musical skills, have more confidence in spontaneous music making and have increased your ability to express yourself away from the confines of written music. While no improvisation experience is required, in order to get the most out of this course, participants should be sufficiently competent on their instrument. All instruments welcome. $175

16 years old and up CRN 1699

7 classes

Feb. 4 – Mar. 25

1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Horn Group Lessons Interested in horn lessons and developing friendships along the way? Consider joining us for our group horn lessons. Group lessons are a great, affordable way for you to learn how to play the horn and make new friends with whom you can play duets, trios and quartets. Typical group lessons are one hour in length and involve instruction catered towards the group, as well as individual help along the way. Enjoy playing in an excellent learning environment. $175

16 years old and up CRN 2071

8 classes

Feb. 8 – Mar. 29

7 – 8 p.m.

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Accordion Group Classes The historically popular accordion is making a triumphant comeback as the characteristic sound of this instrument is again being heard in concert halls and around cities and towns. New generations of aspiring accordion players, who have discovered these instruments hidden away in the attic of their grandparent’s houses, are bringing them out into the light of day. It is time to dust off your accordion and be a part of the resurgence of “The Stomach Steinway.” Join our accordion group classes and rediscover accordion music and culture as we ride the wave of this developing musical rediscovery. $175

16 years old and up CRN 2072

8 classes

Feb. 6 – Mar. 27

6 – 7 p.m.

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Music Theory and History Music Theory, History and Composition For all ages Mount Royal University Conservatory offers group classes and private instruction in all theoretical and practical subjects in accordance with the national standard as established by the Royal Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada. Not all Music Theory and History subjects or levels may be available as group classes each year.

Rudiments Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Learn the essential building blocks of music theory: notes, scales, keys, chords and rhythms. You will also practice aural skills, including interval recognition, sight singing, cadence recognition and melodic dictation.

Harmony • Basic Harmony lays the foundation for further studies in harmony, counterpoint, analysis and composition.

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• Intermediate Harmony is a continuation of Basic Harmony, exploring the minor mode and introducing the process of modulation (changing key) and the use of 7th chords.

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• Advanced Harmony demonstrates how the Romantic composers expanded on the style of Classical-era composers, with special emphasis on chromatic harmony. The counterpoint portion of Advanced Harmony hones melody-writing skills and culminates in the student’s creation of two-part contrapuntal compositions.

Analysis Students will analyze repertoire, ranging from Baroque fugues, classical sonatas and Romantic lieder to 20th century compositions.

Composition Private lessons are offered on- and off-campus with one of our faculty composers. Group instruction may be arranged by request.

Counterpoint The art of combining two or more melodies within the harmonic framework is explored in Basic and Intermediate Harmony.

History • History 1: An overview of all historical periods from the Baroque to the 20th century • History 2: A closer look at the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods • History 3: An in-depth look at the Romantic era, the 20th century and the history of Canadian music *Call MRU Conservatory for information on the next offering: 403.440.6821

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Speech Arts and Drama Rhymes and Rhythms The developmental approach and small class size encourage young children to develop clear, expressive speech and confident communication. The class atmosphere is supportive and dynamic, allowing both shy and confident children an opportunity to learn and grow. Children develop a love of literature, exploring rhymes and rhythms of nursery rhymes and poetry, and responding to the literature physically, vocally and imaginatively through movement, storytelling and choral speaking. Drama games and role-playing activities stimulate the imagination and promote problem solving and self-esteem as children work collaboratively within the group. $280

4 year olds CRN 1294

12 classes

Feb. 4 – May 13

10 – 11 a.m.

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CRN 1296

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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CRN 1295

12 classes

Feb. 6 – May 8

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

CRN 1298

12 classes

Feb. 6 – May 8

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

$280

4 to 5 year olds

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5 year olds CRN 1297

12 classes

Feb. 4 – May 13

11 a.m. – noon

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CRN 2052

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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Children will step into some of their favourite and soon-to-be-favourite storybooks, experiencing them through creative drama, storytelling and dramatic play. The stories will come to life as they give voice to character and narration, and collaborate in building new stories and dramatic scenarios. Creativity and imagination are at the forefront of these playful classes that will help children find their voices and experience the joy of communication and storytelling. $100

5 to 7 year olds CRN 1281

6 classes

Feb. 3 – Mar. 17

11 – 11:45 a.m.

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Act Up, Speak Out! Children have fun, build confidence and discover the power of the voice and the pleasure of language and literature in the creative, dynamic atmosphere of our Act Up, Speak Out! program. Imagination and creativity take centre stage as students explore a variety of contemporary and classic literature through creative drama, improvisation, storytelling and group performance. The collaborative, encouraging atmosphere is great for reluctant children and soon-to-be stars alike. $280

6 to 7 year olds CRN 1300

12 classes

Feb. 1 – May 10

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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CRN 1301

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

10 – 11 a.m.

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CRN 1302

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

10 – 11 a.m.

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CRN 1299

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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CRN 1303

12 classes

Feb. 1 – May 10

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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CRN 1304

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

11 a.m. – noon

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$280

8 to 9 year olds

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Speech Arts and Drama Speak Up, Make Your Point Speak up and make your point with energy, clarity and confidence and develop presentation skills crucial to success in today’s world. Orderly thinking develops as students learn to formulate topics, organize information and deliver clear, meaningful messages. Effective listening habits develop as students listen to and analyze the work of others. Students will reduce speech anxiety as they develop vocal dynamics and clarity of speech. Students learn to employ important delivery techniques, such as using language, gesture and eye contact to add impact to their presentations. Course work will include preparation and presentation of a variety of impromptu and prepared speeches. These classes are an excellent experience for beginners and children and teens who are nervous about speaking in public. Activities are varied and the environment is positive, allowing students to be creative while developing a versatile and effective personal speaking style. $270

10 to 11 year olds CRN 2053

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

CRN 2054

12 classes

Feb. 3 – May 12

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

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12 to 13 year olds CRN 2055

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12 classes

Feb. 1 – May 10

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Speechworks Speechworks is an exciting opportunity for students to experience the enriched content of private-lesson study in the dynamic atmosphere of a group class. The achievement of excellence in personal performance goals is the aim of the Speechworks program. The curriculum is directly linked to the RCM Examinations Speech and Drama syllabus, and offers training in a full range of speech and drama skills including: • voice development (expression and clarity of speech, good posture and breath control) • public speaking and storytelling • mime and movement • sight reading and interpretation of a variety of literature, including poetry, prose, and drama $355

Grades 2 to 4, RCM Grades 1 to 3 CRN 1554

14 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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CRN 2059

14 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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CRN 2060

14 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 2

9 – 10 a.m.

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CRN 2061

14 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 2

9 – 10 a.m.

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CRN 1558

14 classes

Feb. 3 – Jun. 2

9 – 10 a.m.

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CRN 2056

14 classes

Feb. 4 – Jun. 3

9 – 10 a.m.

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CRN 2057

14 classes

Feb. 4 – Jun. 3

12 – 1 p.m.

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CRN 1557

14 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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CRN 2058

14 classes

Feb. 7 – May 23

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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$435

Grades 5 to 7, RCM Grades 4 to 6 CRN 1292

14 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

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CRN 1555

14 classes

Feb. 1 – May 24

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

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CRN 1552

14 classes

Feb. 4 – Jun. 3

1 – 2:15 p.m.

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CRN 1553

14 classes

Feb. 6 – May 22

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

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Speech Arts and Drama Junior and Intermediate Debate Club MRU Conservatory’s Junior and Intermediate Debate Club will provide students who are new to debating opportunities to learn the ins-and-outs of parliamentary-style debate in an exciting, challenging environment. Debaters will work in teams to research, practice and deliver powerful debates on a range of interesting topics. While debating, students will have time to polish their speaking skills, as well as enhance their quick-witted rebuttals. These clubs are suitable for students with little or no formal debate experience. $225

Level 1: Grades 6 to 8 CRN 1596

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

7 – 8:15 p.m.

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 – May 9

5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

$270

Level 2: Grades 6 to 8 CRN 1560

12 classes

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$225

Intermediate: Grades 6 to 8 CRN 1561

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Senior Debate Club

$270

Grades 9 to 12 CRN 1562

12 classes

Feb. 7 – May 9

7 – 8:30 p.m.

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Conservatory

This class is designed for students who have previously participated in MRU Conservatory’s Junior or Intermediate Debate Clubs or have debated for at least one year in a school program. The Senior Debate Club allows participants to continue building excellence in their skills. Participants must have at least one year of debate experience.

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Junior Speech Ensemble The Junior Speech Arts Performance Ensemble is a chance for speech arts and drama students in school grades 4 - 7 to work with their fellow students, build skills and perform as part of an ensemble. The ensemble will prepare a themed performance for presentation at the 2018 Calgary Performing Arts Festival. $170

Grades 4 to 7 CRN 2085

8 classes

Feb. 10 - Apr. 21

2 - 3:30 p.m.

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Shakespeare Ensemble Join the Mount Royal Shakespeare specialists and directors extraordinaire on a journey into the wonderful world of Shakespeare performance. The Shakespeare Performance Ensemble is a chance for speech arts and drama students in junior and senior high to work with their fellow students, build skills and have a great time. The ensemble is an invaluable opportunity to learn, grow and perform. $225

Grade 8 and up CRN 2085

8 classes

Feb. 11 - Apr. 22

1 - 3 p.m.

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World Music Carnatic Raga Music This course will serve as an introduction to Carnatic music. Basic exercises in different ragas will help to build the knowledge of placement of the notes (Swarasthanas) and voice culture techniques will help to establish a strong foundation in singing the notes. There will also be an introduction of the concept of gamakas and instruction on how to sing the gamakas correctly. Singing musical phrases using sol-fa notes (Swarajathis) in different ragas will also be covered. $175

16 years old and up CRN 2080

8 classes

Feb.4 – Mar. 25

3 – 4 p.m.

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Hindustani Vocal Music Hindustani vocal music is the classical music of Northern India. The music is based on the Raga system, which is a melodic scale consisting of notes from the basic seven notes (with soft notes, flat notes and sharp notes).

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This class takes place in a fun, organized and respectful learning environment. Students will develop and progress individually while benefitting from a communal learning atmosphere that fosters teamwork and peer support.

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$155

16 years old and up CRN 1659

8 classes

Feb. 7 – Mar. 28

7 – 8:30 p.m.

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Kathak Dance Kathak Dance, a form of Indian classical dance, is where movement and action, both lyrical and rhythmic, express Indian culture and storytelling. The classes draw upon India’s rich cultural past and express the beauty and energy of Indian culture. $375

Basics of Kathak: Adults CRN 2070

16 classes

Feb. 4 – Jun. 10

5 – 6:30 p.m.

CRN 1308

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$280

Level 1: 6 to 9 year olds 16 classes

Feb. 4 – Jun. 10

4 – 5 p.m.

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Klezmer Ensemble Klezmer is dance music from the wedding traditions of Eastern European Jewish communities. After being all but forgotten in the wake of the Second World War, the music has undergone a huge revival in the past generation, with klezmer bands popping up in countries around the world. In addition to playing, you will listen to recorded examples, learn a bit about the major figures of the klezmer tradition, kibbitz (discuss), schmooze (more talking) and maybe even nosh (snack) a little. $175

16 years old and up CRN 2082

12 classes

Feb. 8 – May 3

7:30 – 9 p.m.

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”Taiko is accessible to anyone who wants to learn. No musical experience is necessary.”

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“The quality that jumps out at you the most is the choreography, the energy and the physical movement of the performers,” says taiko drumming instructor Paula Midori Nieckar. While relatively new to Canada, ever since the Japanese performance art of taiko was added to the Conservatory’s programs in the fall of 2016, the classes are drumming up wide interest and support in the community. “Taiko is accessible to anyone who wants to learn. No musical experience is necessary and you do not need to understand sheet music notation, because it is taught orally,” Nieckar says.

Nieckar, who is also the artistic director of Calgary’s Midnight Taiko, has encouraged taiko classes to collaborate with the Mount Royal Artio choir, and to perform at GlobalFest and the Calgary Stampede. They’ve even shot a music video with Conservatory voice instructor Michelle Minke for her CD Expect the Unexpected. Taiko classes focus on developing striking skills, establishing proper stance and posture, and learning ensemble pieces with basic choreography. Having added classes for children as young as three, taiko drumming with Nieckar at the MRU Conservatory really is for every stage. Got rhythm? Check out mru.ca/Taiko.


World Music Mount Royal Taiko Drumming Taiko is the art of Japanese drumming. Traditionally performed for religious, theatre and communication purposes, taiko is developing into a popular performance art. Taiko is now seen in many countries around the world and Canada’s first taiko ensemble was formed in 1979. Classes will focus on introducing and developing basic striking skills, proper stance and posture, and learning taiko ensemble pieces with basic choreography. The four respected elements of taiko are: • kokoro (spirit: self-control and playing from the heart) • waza (action: musicianship, skill and technique) • karada (body: physical strength and endurance) • rei (etiquette: respect, courtesy and unity)

Children’s Taiko Students will learn songs, games and exercises to develop a good sense of rhythm. Basic taiko technique will be introduced. No prior musical or drumming experience is necessary. $125

Conservatory

4 to 9 year olds

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CRN 1664

8 classes

Feb. 11 – Apr. 15

3 – 3:45 p.m.

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CRN 2068

8 classes

Apr. 22 – Jun. 17

3 – 3:45 p.m.

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Youth Taiko This class will introduce students to the art of taiko, including a brief history of modern taiko, basic taiko technique, proper stance and posture, and the beta (flat) and naname (slant) styles of taiko playing. Students will learn a traditional taiko song in each style. No prior musical or drumming experience is necessary. Students who have prior experience can further develop their understanding of taiko technique and kuchishoga. $150

10 to 15 year olds CRN 1777

8 classes

Feb. 11 – Apr. 15

4 – 5 p.m.

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CRN 2067

8 classes

Apr. 22 – Jun. 17

4 – 5 p.m.

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Beginner Taiko for Adults This class will introduce students to the art of taiko, including a brief history of modern taiko, basic taiko technique, proper stance and posture, and an introduction to beta (flat) and naname (slant) styles of taiko playing. Students will learn a traditional taiko song in each style. No prior musical or drumming experience is necessary. Students who have prior experience can further develop their understanding of taiko technique and kuchishoga. $150

16 years old and up CRN 1652

8 classes

Feb. 11 – Apr. 15

6 – 7 p.m.

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CRN 2069

8 classes

Apr. 22 – Jun. 17

6 – 7 p.m.

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Taiko Ensemble – Ready, Set, Kadon Ready, Set, Kadon, written by Shoji Kameda, is a fun entry-level beta taiko piece with multiple interlocking parts: odaiko, shime and two chudaiko parts. Students must have prior taiko experience and be comfortable with basic beta or naname technique and kuchishoga. $200

16 years old and up CRN 1568

8 classes

Feb. 11 – Apr. 15

7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

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World Music Taiko Ensemble – Jack Bazaar Jack Bazaar, written by Kris Bergstrom, features groundbreaking choreography and innovative slant-drum mutli-tone rhythms. Specifically requested by the National Theater of Japan for performance in the 2013 Nihon no Taiko concert, Jack Bazaar is one of the taiko world’s most exciting, new compositions. In this course, you will learn the named phrases for the first half of Jack Bazaar. Students must have prior taiko experience and be comfortable with basic beta or naname technique and kuchishoga. $200

16 years old and up CRN 2066

8 classes

Apr. 22 – Jun. 17

7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

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West African Drumming This course offers an introduction to anyone wishing to explore West African drumming music. No prior musical experience is necessary. In a group setting, you will learn how to make the three basic sounds on the djembe: the bass, open tone and slap. These sounds form the vocabulary of rhythms, which are combined to create a unique traditional polyrhythm. Once students have mastered the basic concept of polyrhythm, they will further explore polyrhythm with call response, rhythmic conversations and songs. This is an oral/aural tradition and is taught in follow-the-leader style. $175

16 years old and up 8 classes

Feb. 7 – Mar. 28

7:30 – 9 p.m.

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Mandarin Children’s Choir Join our first-ever Mandarin Children’s Choir and explore the language and culture of China through music and song. Taught in Mandarin by our very own Shana Yang, director of the Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir, this ensemble is for children ages six to 15. Students will learn to develop musical literacy, singing techniques and proper pronunciation using a variety of Chinese songs. $240

6 ­to 15 year olds CRN 2084

8 classes

Feb. 10 – Jun. 9

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

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Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir Under the directorship of its founder and conductor Shana Yang, the choir has grown to consist of more than 60 enthusiastic choral music lovers. The choir is actively involved in the city, especially in the local Chinese community. The Zhi-Yin Choir is a mixed-voice adult choir. Its main focus is on popular and classical Chinese music, with Mandarin being the most commonly used language. The name of the choir means “friends in music.” The choir shares experience and cooperation in music in order to build friendships and to promote multiculturalism in Canada. The Zhi-Yin Choir provides vocal coaching to all of its members through its music conductor and guest speakers. The choir has been active in hosting concerts in Calgary annually and has also participated in concerts in Edmonton, Vancouver and New York. $200*

16 years old and up CRN 1382

34 classes

Sept. 10 – Jun. 24

5 – 8 p.m.

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