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Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation
Kyra Millan singing

What inspired Beethoven to write his 5th Symphony?

What’s the difference between a cadenza and a cadence?

How does Purcell use musical word painting to make us feel the emotions of his characters?


 
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of great composers, artists, and musical works. The Royal Conservatory School in Toronto offers an unsurpassed breadth of Music Appreciation classes taught by experts in a welcoming and intimate environment. These sessions are designed to expand your understanding and enjoyment of music across genres and historical periods, from the rich traditions of the past to exciting new creations of the present.

With sessions offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening, there is sure to be something that sparks your curiosity and fits your schedule. Select sessions include live performances by the rising stars of The Glenn Gould School and special concert ticket offers to enhance your experience.

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Choral Masterpieces

Choral Masterpieces

Sep 25-Oct 30
Wed 1-3 pm
$210
Rick Phillips

The great works for choir and orchestra featuring the Mass in B Minor (Bach), Requiems (Mozart, Brahms) and Carmina Burana (Orff).

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Magic of Mozart

The Magic of Mozart

Oct 1-29
Tue 1-3pm
$175
Rick Phillips

This course will explore the life, times and music of Mozart seeking to uncover the answers through his methods and message.

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Understanding the Musical Mind

Understanding the Musical Mind

Oct 1-29
Tue 10am-12pm
$150
Dr. Sean Hutchins

An introduction to the neuroscience of music: how the ear detects dissonance, how brain waves reveal musical expectations, and how to predict errors in music performance.

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Witches, Devils and Lost Souls in Opera

Witches, Devils and Lost Souls in Opera

Oct 2-Nov 6
Wed 10am-12pm
$185
Wayne Gooding

This six-week course focuses on the way different national opera traditions have summoned the dark side and dark forces from the horrific to the humorous.

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A Journey Through Harmony in Western Opera

A Journey Through Harmony in Western Music

Oct 3-31
Thu 10am-12pm
$225
Clayton Scott

In this course students will investigate tonality: the concept of a home key and the journey, called modulation, to other keys within a piece of music.

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Art of Song: German Lied

The Art of Song: German Lied 

Oct 30-Nov27
Wed 1-3pm
$150
David Eliakis

Exploring the vast repertoire and the compositional elements that gave German lied a style and sound that inspired song writing across the globe.

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Art of Song: German Lied

[email protected]: Four Great Composers 

Nov 5-26
Tue 12-1pm
$70
Rick Phillips

Back by popular demand - again! Featured composers will be Handel, Haydn, Clara Schumann and Stravinsky.

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Opera 101: The Fundamentals of Italian Opera

Opera 101: The Fundamentals of Italian Opera

Nov 7-28
Thu 2-4pm
$125
Iain Scott

This course is designed for those who would like to understand the basic principles of Italian opera.

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Great Piano Concertos

Great Piano Concertos

Nov 13-Dec 4
Wed 10am-12pm
$140
Rick Phillips

Explore the evolution and development of the piano concerto through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, featuring legendary recordings.

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J.S. Bach: The Christmas Oratorio

J.S. Bach: The Christmas Oratorio 

Dec 5-12
Thu 1-3pm
$70
Rick Phillips

Bach's Christmas Oratorio captures the essence of the holiday season, with moving choruses, reflective chorales, and rousing, tender vocal arias and duets.

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