Courses & Programs

Summer 2022

Mini-U Music School (Ages 5 - 7)

Sorry this one is FULL! Try out our fall classes!!  For our littlest musicians, the Mini-U Music Summer School is a half-day camp filled with rhythm, movement, singing and crafts! Your mini-musician will do lots of rhythmic and note-reading activities, learn new songs and dances, and will get a very special opportunity to guest perform in our Lunch & Listen concert series on August 5 at 12:15 (this concert series is free and open to the public).  Move over Mozart, we have some new musical prodigies in the making!   Register early, this program is limited to 10 little campers.

August 2 - 5, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
Cost: $190

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Digital Content Creators: YouTube, Podcasts and Musical Coding, Oh My! (ages 8 – 12)

2 sections are Full, but a new section has been added!  Campers will learn the in's and out's of digital content creation, from writing & recording podcasts in a state-of-the-art podcast studio, to creating fun video content just like their favourite YouTuber! This week long camp includes breakout sessions on sound effects and live coding music. Final creations will be posted on our YouTube kid-friendly channel and across our social media platforms for campers to share with friends, family and future followers!

Option 1: July 18 – 22 - FULL!
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Stephure Hall (Casa)
Cost: $230


Option 2: Aug 8 – 12 - FULL!
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Stephure Hall (Casa)
Cost: $230

 

NEW! Option 3: Aug 15 - 19 - Space still available.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Stephure Hall (Casa)
Cost: $230

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Wonderful Wizarding World Camp (Ages 8 - 12)

Don't wait for your Owl Post invitation, this camp is for non-magical folk and wizards alike! Register now for this camp full of wizarding wonder! Participants will create wands and hats, play wizarding world games, design creature companions, mix potions and cast spells, all the while exploring many musical elements built into this fun week-long wizarding world experience! 

Option 1: July 11 - 15
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: U of L Community Stadium (Main Campus)
Cost: $250 (includes all materials)

Option 2: July 25 - 29
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: U of L Community Stadium (Main Campus)
Cost: $250 (includes all materials)

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Lethbridge Piano Intensive: July 2-8, 2023

LPI is a summer intensive piano program for students of all ages! Students will work with artist-teachers from the University of Lethbridge Department of Music and Conservatory of Music in one-on-one lessons, duet, duo or trio coaching, rhythm workshops, master classes, and also expect to participate in social activities (eg. pizza party), extended technique workshops, and musician’s health sessions.  This program will culminate in a final public concert in the University’s beautiful recital hall on July 8.

LOCATION:  University of Lethbridge Centre for the Arts, Lethbridge, Alberta

AGES 7 to 12 
Sunday, July 2 (late afternoon/early evening) -- Welcome activities and faculty concert (parents are invited!)
July 3 to 7 -- Half days 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday, July 8 (afternoon) -- Participant Concerts - showcasing our students in the U of L Recital Hall!

AGES 13 to 18*
Sunday, July 2 (late afternoon/evening) -- Welcome activities and faculty concert (parents are invited!)
July 3 to 7 -- Full days 9 am to 6 pm with evening social activities, ensemble rehearsals and concert outings
July 8 (afternoon) -- Participant Concerts -- showcasing our students in the U of L Recital Hall!

*Online options are available for this age group, for those who can not travel.

ADULT
June 10 & 17 -- 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Adults can also audit the July LPI session at no extra cost.

Although this program is non-auditioned, we are happy to provide feedback on the program that best suits your skill level (email Deanna Oye at Deanna.Oye@uleth.ca).  Piano teachers and parents are welcome to audit the sessions ($10/day), or choose to enroll in our adult program which includes 2 days designated to adult piano students.  

Registration deadline: June 9, 2023

Fees:

  • Lethbridge Piano Intensive: Ages 13 - 18: $650
  • Lethbridge Piano Intensive: Ages 7 - 12: $375                                                            
  • Adults: $125                                                           
  • Lethbridge Piano Intensive: Ages 13 - 18 (Online Only): $325 (please note that not all activities that are in-person will be available online)
  • Auditing Teachers: $10/day       

Registration will be available starting January 1, 2023.

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ACCOMMODATIONS 

GROUP CODE: LPI

Accommodations are available through the U of L Conference Services.  As of Summer, 2023, the sleeping bag rate was $45.00/per person per night (this is subject to change for 2023).*Sleeping Bag Rate (you bring ALL linen, towels, pillows, toiletries, etc.).  BOOK: Call 403-329-2244 or email cnf@uleth.ca

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first serve basis, and LPI provides chaperones in residence for all participants.

Note:

  • Each guest will be assigned in a 4-bedroom apartment at a first come, first served basis.
  • Each suite includes a refrigerator and microwave (utensils not provided).

For families that want to come and spend the week in Lethbridge together:

$1225.00/weekly stay with linen in a 4-bedroom apartment

TO BOOK:  Call 403-329-2244 or email cnf@uleth.ca

Fall 2022 
Sinfonia Allegro String Orchestra

This Level 2 string orchestra focuses on all aspects of orchestral study and performance. Musicians should be at a RCM level 4+ or equivalent and be taking private music lessons as well.  New students can reach out music.conservatory@uleth.ca prior to registration to ensure this orchestra is the right fit.  Sinfonia participants perform at the end of each semester.

Fees: $390/year
Instructor: Gabe Kastelic

Monday, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Stephure Hall (Casa)
FALL 2022:  Sep 19, 26, Oct 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12 (12 dates)
WINTER 2023: Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 17, 24, May 1 (14 dates)
NO CLASS DATES: October 10, February 20, April 10

CONCERTS:
Fall 2022: December 17 (Community Room)
Winter 2023: May 6 (Community Room)

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Stringendo Junior String Orchestra

Our Level 1 string orchestra is for students ready to begin building an appreciation of orchestral skills, music, and ensemble playing. The emphasis in this group is to learn basic orchestral skills while having fun. Students of all ages should have at least two years playing experience, be able to play basic scales and know how to count simple rhythms. Rehearsals include group time as well as individualized attention. Stringendo participants will perform at the end of each semester.

Fees: $390 
Instructor: Mark Rodgers

Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:00
Location: Stephure Hall (Casa)
FALL 2022:  Sep 21, 28, Oct 5,19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, Dec 14
WINTER, 2023: Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 19, 26, May 3
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 12, Feb 22, Apr 12

CONCERTS:
Fall 2022: December 17 (Community Room)
Winter 2023: May 6 (Community Room)

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Suzuki Violin

Our Suzuki Violin School is appropriate for children as young as three years of age and is based on the philosophy that every child can learn to play the violin when placed in a nurturing learning environment.

To participate in this group class, your child must also be enrolled in private music lessons (through the Conservatory, or from a Suzuki instructor in the community).  Our Suzuki group classes supplement private lessons! Through both activities, your child will learn to play the violin, develop strong listening and memory skills, excellent practice habits and learn to work with others.

Fees: $99/semester
Instructor: Alina Khvatova

Saturday, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

  • Pre-Twinkle: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Book 1: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Location: Stephure Hall (Casa)
FALL 2022:  Oct 1, 15, 29, Nov 12, 26, Dec 3
WINTER 2023:  Jan 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 1

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Rhythmic Roots: World Drumming Classes (ages 8+) 

These affordable group lessons explore all types of world music, from Taiko drumming to Steel Pans. Open to anyone ages 8+, this class would be especially fun for a whole family to take, or for a child to take with grandma or grandpa. Parts are assigned based on ability so participants of all skill levels can take this class. The main objective is always to have fun, while learning some great music to play for friends and family at the final concert.

Fees: $180/semester
Instructor: Marc Vantol

Thursday, 4:45-6:00pm
FALL 2022: Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
WINTER 2023: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
NO CLASS DATES: Feb 23

CONCERTS:
FALL: Thursday, November 24 (Community Room)
WINTER: Thursday, March 30­­­­­­­­­­­ (TBC)

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Children’s Choir (Ages 5 – 8)

The U of L Children's Choir is for children aged 5-8 years who love to sing or would like to explore what singing with others is all about. No audition is required. The focus of this dynamic young choir is on giving children the chance to experience the fun and joy of singing while at the same time growing as musicians. They sing a wide variety of music, including singing games and activities that help them develop as musicians and learn to use their singing voices in a healthy way. Their weekly rehearsals, led by conductor Nicole Garlock, are fun, organic and valuable. Performances throughout the year are the icing on the cake.

Instructor: Nicole Garlock
Fees: $285/year 

Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom
FALL 2022: Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6 (12 classes)
WINTER 2023: Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2 (14 classes)
NO CLASS DATES: February 21, April 11

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Youth Singers (Ages 9 – 12)

The U of L Youth Singers offer singers aged 9-12 a fun and dynamic opportunity to grow as singing musicians. No audition is required. This choir sings a wide variety of music, including pop, folk, classical, ethnic, and traditional choral music in two and three parts with and without accompaniment. Their weekly rehearsals, led by conductor Kathy Matkin-Clapton, are an energetic fusion of hard work, laughter and focus on growing together as a choir. They perform several times throughout the year. Weekly rehearsals are led by Kathy Matkin-Clapton.

Instructor: Kathy Matkin
Fees: $285/year

Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom
FALL 2022: Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6 (12 classes)
WINTER 2023: Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 18, 25, May 2 (14 classes)
NO CLASS DATES: February 21, April 11

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Alegre Choir (Ages 13 – 16) 

For singers aged 13-16, this choir offers young singers (with unchanged voices) a joyful and comprehensive experience in choral music. We sing music of all styles, with an emphasis is on choosing repertoire of the highest quality to promote the best possible vocal development for each of our singers. No audition is required to participate in this choir. Instead, participants must share a love for singing and a commitment to continual growth and achieving excellence.

Instructor: Kathy Matkin
Fees: $390/year 

Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom
FALL 2022: Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7
WINTER 2023: Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 19, 26, May 3
NO CLASS DATES: February 22, April 12

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Incanto Singers (Ages 17+)

The Incanto Singers are a unique, welcoming and skilled mixed choir for young adults who love to sing. No audition is required, but participation in this choir requires hard work, focus and openness to a lot of laughter. The Incanto Singers is open to singers (with changed voices*) ages 17 and up. Some singers are high school students while others are college or university students or grads who miss the fun and challenge of singing in a high-caliber choir. This group is often asked to perform throughout the year and are always happy to do so. Weekly rehearsals are led by Kathy Matkin-Clapton.

Instructor: Kathy Matkin
Fees: $390+ GST [EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Save $25 if registered before Sep 1]

Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom
FALL 2022: Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7
WINTER 2023: Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 19, 26, May 3
NO CLASS DATES: February 22, April 12

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Ventus Women’s Choir

Ventus Women’s Choir was founded in the summer of 2015 and is comprised of singers from Lethbridge and surrounding area. Under the direction of Regan Brooks, Ventus has collaborated with established choirs and placed first at local, provincial and national festivals.  Ventus has been selected as one of the choirs to participate in Tapestry International: Celebration of Women’s Choirs in Vancouver, from May 3-7, 2023!

Please contact Artistic Director Regan Brooks for an audition for Fall 2022 season. Regan.brooks@uleth.ca.

Instructor: Regan Brooks
Fees: $250/semester

Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Stephure Hall
FALL 2022: Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 27, Nov 3, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15
WINTER 2023: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 20, 27
Retreats: September 24 (11 - 4pm), and January 21 (11 - 4pm)

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Song LAB: Songwriting Cirlce

Do you have a "hit song" waiting to be discovered? Have creative ideas but unsure of how to put them on paper? Song LAB will give you confidence in your writing. Explore the elements of songwriting and learn about lyrics, song structure, melody, harmony and rhythm while learning about "classic" songs in all styles. There will be an opportunity to share original works and receive encouraging guidance from instructor Lavinia Kell Parker, award winning, published, Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and New Music LAB. No official music background required, instruments welcome in class (piano in classroom).

Instructor: Lavinia Parker
Fees: $180

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom
FALL 2022: Sep 13 - Nov 8 (No class October 11)

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Ukulele Group Lessons (Ages 6 – 9)

Affordable group Ukulele Lessons ! Ages 6-9 can join these fun little classes to learn the charming and joyful sounds of the Ukulele. No ukulele? No problem - add one on when you register, and we will give it to your child at the first class. Your child will be making music in no time!

Instructor: Iliana Matos
Fees: $160 per semester (plus $56 ukulele if needed)

Monday, 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 (No class October 10, 17, 24)

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Adult Ukulele Group Lessons

Now offering group ukulele lessons for adults! Come and explore the joyful sounds of the Ukulele in a fun and supportive small group environment. No Ukulele? No problem – add one on when you register, and we will have it ready for you at the first class. We can’t wait to make music with you!

Instructor: Iliana Matos
Fees: $160 per semester (plus $75 ukulele if needed)

Monday, 5:30 - 6:20 p.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 (No class October 10, 17, 24)

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Mini-U Baby (0 - 18M)

Classes just for you and your new baby!  While baby giggles and bops to the music during these classes, you will learn new songs, rhymes, and dances to strengthen your connection with your baby in class and at home. These classes are based on the current early childhood research, so every activity is not only fun, but builds skills and fosters your child’s development. These classes have a capacity of 10 children, to give babies lots of room! Instructor: Tara Campbell. Fees: $165/semester.

Tuesday, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
WINTER 2023: Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 11, Feb 21
Instructor: Tara Campbell

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Mini-U Toddler (18M - 3YR)

We have designed a class that moves just as quickly as your little one. This class includes dances, rhymes, instrument exploration and most importantly, ways for your toddler to lead the activities.  The capacity of our Mini U Classes is 10, giving your child lots of room to move, and of course a ton of well-deserved attention! Full parent participation is required in these classes. Fees: $165/semester.

Option 1: Tuesday, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
WINTER 2023: Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 11, Feb 21
Instructor: Tara Campbell

Option 2: Thursday, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 22, Oct 29, 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1
WINTER 2023: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 13, Feb 23
Instructor: Hana Hubley

Option 3: Saturday, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3
WINTER 2023: Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 8, Feb 18
Instructor: Hana Hubley

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Mini-U Pre-Schooler (3 - 5YR) 

Our preschooler music classes foster your growing child’s wild imagination, using music as the tool for fun, learning and exploration! Songs, dances, instrument play and stories will engage your child and foster language development, self-regulation, music skills and confidence. We invite parents to join us for the last ten minutes of class.  The class capacity of our Mini U classes is 10, to allow for lots of room to move! Instructor: Hana Hubley. Fees: $165/semester.

Option 1: Thursday, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 22, Oct 29, 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1
WINTER 2023: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 13, Feb 23


Option 2: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Penner Classroom (Casa)
FALL 2022: Sep 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3
WINTER 2023: Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 8, Feb 18

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Flutasia

New this year, flutists with a starting level of RCM grade 3 (or completion of two years in school band) are invited to join an ensemble that features the slivering winds of the flute. This ensemble will offer weekly rehearsals on various types of music from classical to modern. Ensemble members will explore and develop their playing alongside a community of flute players.

Instructor: Assumpta Smallwood

Fees: $145 

 Monday, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Stephure Hall
FALL 2022: Sep 19, 26, Oct 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 (11 weeks)
NO CLASS DATES: Oct 10

Concert: December 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Community Room) 

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Theory (Asynchronous)

These online theory courses include video lessons aligned with the Royal Conservatory theory workbooks, as well as access to online labs with live instructor support bi-weekly (in-person lab access is also an option), Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00. The course fees also includes the opportunity to submit assignments for marking. Registration includes access to the online course for 6 months so students can work through the course with as much time as is needed. When you register and pay for this course you will then receive a welcome email with online course access details.  

This course covers the material necessary to write the Royal Conservatory exam for Level 5 Theory.  The Level 5 course includes a thorough review of concepts covered in previous levels of RCM theory, which makes it possible for a student to use this course as a point of entry to their music theory studies, provided they have experience gained through vocal or instrumental lessons. Students will come to understand elements of pitch and notation, rhythm, scales and key signatures, melody and composition, intervals, music history, chords and harmony, form and analysis, and musical terms. 

Fees: $350*
Instructor: Colleen Klassen
Dates: From the date of payment/registration, you will have 6 months of access to this asynchronous course.

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*Please note this course fee does not include the actual Royal Conservatory exam.  That is a separate fee; the U of L Conservatory is not affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  We do not administer or mark the RCM exams.  This course is just designed to assist you in preparing for this exam.

This course covers the material necessary to write the Royal Conservatory exam for Level 6 Theory. If the student has not taken formal music theory prior to this course, it is recommended to begin with Level 5 and progress through the courses in sequence. A student with some training may request a placement test to help determine the appropriate course to register in. Students will come to understand elements of keys and scales, rhythm, intervals, chords and harmony, melody writing and composition, music history, and form and analysis.

Fees: $350*
Instructor: Colleen Klassen
Dates: From the date of payment/registration, you will have 6 months of access to this asynchronous course.

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*Please note this course fee does not include the actual Royal Conservatory exam.  That is a separate fee; the U of L Conservatory is not affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  We do not administer or mark the RCM exams.  This course is just designed to assist you in preparing for this exam.

This course covers the material necessary to write the Royal Conservatory exam for Level 7 Theory. If the student has not taken formal music theory prior to this course, it is recommended to begin with Level 5 and progress through the courses in sequence. A student with some training may request a placement test to help determine the appropriate course to register in. In Level 7 Theory, students will come to understand elements of keys and scales, rhythm, intervals, transposition, chords and harmony, melody writing and composition, music history, and form and analysis.

Fees: $350*
Instructor: Colleen Klassen
Dates: From the date of payment/registration, you will have 6 months of access to this asynchronous course.

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*Please note this course fee does not include the actual Royal Conservatory exam.  That is a separate fee; the U of L Conservatory is not affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  We do not administer or mark the RCM exams.  This course is just designed to assist you in preparing for this exam.

This course covers the material necessary to write the Royal Conservatory exam for Level 8 Theory. If the student has not taken formal music theory prior to this course, it is recommended to begin with Level 5 and progress through the courses in sequence. A student with some training may request a placement test to help determine the appropriate course to register in. In Level 8 Theory,  students will come to understand elements of keys and scales, rhythm, intervals, transposition, chords and harmony, melody writing and composition, music history, and form and analysis.

Fees: $350*
Instructor: Colleen Klassen
Dates: From the date of payment/registration, you will have 6 months of access to this asynchronous course.

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*Please note this course fee does not include the actual Royal Conservatory exam.  That is a separate fee; the U of L Conservatory is not affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  We do not administer or mark the RCM exams.  This course is just designed to assist you in preparing for this exam.

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