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Music Appreciation: Learn more about the music you love

The Royal Conservatory offers a diverse variety of Music Appreciation sessions with world class leading musical experts. Join our students and explore many musical genres in a fun and engaging environment. Select sessions include live performances and special ticket offers. For additional information and to register, click the links below or call (416) 408-2824 x363.

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Upcoming Music Appreciation Events


NCGMOExplore the 21C Festival with Brian Current
Wednesday May 17th
6:30pm, Reception to follow
Temerty Theatre The Royal Conservatory of Music
Tickets - $21

Join us for the launch of the 21C Festival with Artistic Advisor, Brian Current! Hear the insights into this year's performances, and enjoy a sneak preview performance by pianist Morgan Melbourne.

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Music Appreciation Sessions Starting in April


Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration
Instructor: Clayton Scott
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Apr. 13 -May 11 (5-week series)
Fee: $245

Have you ever wondered why composers choose the keys they do, or why they continually return to the same keys? What do composers want to express by using their favourite keys? What does it mean when Beethoven writes in E flat major, C minor or C major? Or Mozart in G minor? This series will immerse you in the sound and meaning of individual keys. You will learn to "tune" your ears to the sparkle of G major, the tenderness of D flat major, and the sorrow of F minor. Each week will be an exploration and celebration of a particular key or keys, and of the composers who loved to use them.
More info or to register.


Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvorak Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvorak
Instructor: John Holland
Fridays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Apr. 21 - May 19 (5-week series)
Fee: $245

The music of Antonín Dvorák contains some of the most beautiful melodies of all time within works such as the Slavonic Dances, New World Symphony, and Cello Concerto, but the melodies of his vocal, choral, and operatic works are virtually unknown to North American listeners. As a founding composer in the Czech Nationalist movement, Dvorák was instrumental in helping to establish the Czech National Opera program. Join instructor John Holland as you look beyond the "Song to the Silver Moon", and explore the sacred choral works of Dvorák. Discover these musical gems through recordings, score examples, and live performances.
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Music Appreciation Sessions Starting in May & June


The Roots of Venetian Opera The Roots of Venetian Opera
Instructor: Katherine Hill
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
May 2 -May 23
Fee: $195 (4-week series)

This four-week course will first trace the initial conditions and innovations that brought opera into being, including the influence of the Florentine Camerata and the genius of Claudio Monteverdi. This background will permit a more in-depth look at the artists (particularly composer Francesco Cavalli), impresarios, sub-cultures and politics which contributed to the grandeur and immense popularity of mid-seventeenth-century Venetian opera.
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Simply Brill Simply Brill': Great Songs of the 1960s
Instructor: Jordan Klapman
Thursdays, 7:00pm -9:00pm
May 11 - Jun. 1 (4-week series)
Fee: $195

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


Frederic Chopin Frederic Chopin: Polish Patriot, Passionate Pianist
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
May 10 - May 24
Fee: $150 (3-week series)

Composing and performing just as the piano was coming of age, the piano music by Chopin clearly expressed the ideals of the burgeoning 19th century Romantic period - passionate, dramatic, emotional and virtuosic. Join Rick Phillips for an in-depth study of Chopin's greatest works for piano.
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The Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview: With Rick Phillips! TSMF Preview Series
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Wednesdays, 1:00pm -3:00pm
June 28 to Jul. 12 (3-week series)
Fee: $150


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

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

* A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.

Photo credits:  The Unknown Vivaldi: Scott Rettberg; The Music of The Russian Ballet: Public Domain; The Art of Opera: Wagner: Josef Hoffmann; The Nuts and Bolts of Music Theory: Rachel Johnson; How Music Works Part 1: Stuart Lowe; How Music Works Part 2: Stuart Lowe; The Music of Oscar Peterson:Public Domain; The Great North American Popular Songbook: Ellgaard Holger; The Franco-Flemish Golden Age: WGA; The Piano Sonatas by Beethoven: Elliott Billings; The Music of Mahler: Walter Anton; Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos: Nobbi P.;The Ten Minute Musical: Randy Lemoine; Harry Somers' Louis Riel: Public Domain; How Music Works-The Beatles: Public Domain; Mozart- The Mass in C Minor: Pedro Sanchez; Keys Composers Choose: Rachel Johnson; Simply Brill- Great Songs of the 1960s: American Studio, 1960; Score to Sound-Discovering the BBC Proms: Amanda Slater; Canada's Music Mosaic: Nicola Betts; Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvorak: Public Domain; Roots of Venetian Opera: Public Domain; Frederic Chopin- Polish Patriot, Passionate Pianist: Elliot Billings