If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical session combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love! We'll deconstruct selections from classical, folk, and popular repertoires---including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Pachelbel's "Canon," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's cello suites, and pieces by Bernstein, the Beatles, B.B. King, and Gershwin, among many others---and unlock the secrets of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, form, genre, and more. Along the way, we'll cover topics such as basic staff notation, scales, intervals, time signatures, note and rest values, meters, chords, and cadences. In the final class, we'll put all the pieces together and apply our cumulative learning to an enlightening study of Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 5. Participants will emerge from this course with a deeper understanding of the music they experience.
About the Instructor:
James Stager is a sought-after trombonist, pianist, and educator. He teaches music theory, music history, low brass, and jazz improvisation at The Royal Conservatory as well as at several of Toronto's performing arts schools, and music theory at York University. He is frequently heard in concert halls, festivals, and nightclubs in a wide variety of musical settings including symphony orchestras (Toronto Philharmonia), musical theatre (Shaw Festival and Soulpepper Theatre), world music (Moda Eterna, Caché), and jazz groups (Big Rude Jake, Red Hot Ramble). In addition to his teaching and performing career, as a member of The Conservatory's College of Examiners, James adjudicates woodwind, brass, and percussion examinations throughout Canada and the United States, and evaluates written examinations in music theory and history.
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.
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1W2
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