Children experience music together with their peers in a fun and nurturing environment. These fun classes:
- teach music fundamentals
- encourage a life-long love of music
- develop social & organizational skills
Skills learned in general musicianship classes support individual music instruction, whether taken concurrently or at some time in the future.
5-6 years (school grades K – 1)
Designed to inspire, FUNdamentals encourages children to explore their natural instrument – the voice! Students will discover music through song, as well as through fun and engaging educational games and activities that encourage musicality, creativity and collaboration while introducing fundamental vocal technique and music notation concepts. This class is a great preparation for Choral Singing. Family and friends are invited to a musical sharing session at the end of each term.
5-6 years(school grades K-1)
Students build ensemble skills, musicianship skills, exploring different instruments and learning various folk dances. Hand signs and Orff instruments are used to learn basic note reading and writing. Family and friends are invited to several class presentations. This class may also support individual music instruction whether taken concurrently or at sometime in the future.
Orff Ensemble Level 2
6-7 years (school grades 1-2)
Building on skills learned in Orff Ensemble, students continue to develop ensemble, musicianship and note-reading skills while exploring an expanded array of Orff instruments. Family and friends are invited to several class presentations. Students must have completed one year of Orff Ensemble prior to enrolling in this class.
Choral Singing – Beginner
School grades 2-4
The beginner class introduces children to the art of choral group singing. Students experience and practice matching pitch, breath, diction, posture, tone and musical expression. Students work through warm-ups (vocal and physical), singing games, partner songs, and canons, with the goal of producing a pleasing choral tone. Most repertoire studied in this class is in usison, with the introduction of partner songs. Along with these topics, reading choral music from the score will also be introduced. Students perform at LCMS Winter and Spring events.
Choral Singing – Level 2
School grades 5 and up
Part 2 extends student experiences of matching pitch, breath, diction, posture, tone and musical expression. Students work throug more warm-ups (vocal and physical), singing games, partner songs, and canons, with the goal of producing a pleasing choral singing tone. Graduating from unison to 2-part music may be added, along with further experience with reading choral music from a score. Students perform at LCMS Winter and Spring events.
Included*/Registration fee only
*No additional cost for LCMS students registered in private lessons
Junior Percussion Ensemble
7-9 years (school grades 2-4)
Using xylophones and other percussion instruments, students develop playing, ensemble and note-reading skills through fun and creative musical activities. Family and friends are invited to several class presentations. This class supports individual music instruction whether taken concurrently or at some time in the future.
Theory & History
RCM Theory & History Group Classes
Classes prepare students for Royal Conservatory exams, high school exams (AP/IB), and to meet entrance requirements for college and university music programs. Weekly classes run September to December in preparation for the December RCM exam, and January to May in preparation for the May exam. Students are responsible for exam registration and payment.
Level 5 Theory
Level 6 Theory
Level 7 Theory
Level 8 Theory
Level 9 Harmony
Level 9 History
Level 10 Harm & Ctpt
Level 10 History
ARCT Harm & Ctpt
Level 3 & 4 Theory is run as a year-long program, and no exam is written.
Keyboard Harmony is offered by private or semi-private lesson only, and students prepare to write exams in June.
Intensive summer theory and history classes are also available. See Summer Theory for course descriptions and fees.
Customized intensive short term options are also available as a refresher or for exam preparation. (Private lesson hourly rates will apply, with fees divided between the class participants.)
All theory and history levels are also available by private lesson at standard (non-string program) lesson rates.
Please refer to the RCM website for a list of co-requisites and pre-requisites for each level.
Popular Music Theory Group Class
Learn about the musical foundations of popular music in a way that is directly relevant to how you play, and in a practical music-making context. Topics include keys, chords, scales, rhythms, harmony and improvisation. The courses will also develop a broad musical knowledge that includes instrumentation, musical terms, and the history of popular music.
Students also have the opportunity to gain internationally recognized qualifications through London College of Music graded popular music theory exams.
Explore the many exciting possibilities of composing your own music or making arrangements of existing pieces using the most current hard-and software of our newly established computer lab. Learn how to work with music notation software or build your own songs and arrangements with programs such as Ableton Live or Garage Band.
Composition lessons are available by private lesson at standard (non-string program) lesson rates.
Music Sense Theory for Suzuki Piano Students
Learn about the theoretical component of music in a fun and interactive way. Classes provide an opportunity for piano students to grow musically, and also to develop friendships and relationships with their peers. Students will begin to support one another as they learn together.
Classes are 45 min in length, and extend over 34 weeks. Course materials will be provided by the instructor (additional fee applies).
Music Sense 1
Students should be at approximately Book 2 level in Suzuki piano. There are weekly homework assignments and regular opportunities to play review pieces with peers. There are weekly homework assignments and regular opportunities to play review pieces with peers.
Music Sense 2
Pre-requisite: Music Sense 1
This course is directed towards students between the ages of 7 and 12 who are approximately at the Book 2 or 3 level in Suzuki Piano. There are weekly homework assignments and regular opportunities to play review pieces with peers. Music Sense 2 covers all the material for RCM theory, and on completion, students progress to Level 3 & 4 RCM Theory.
Instrumental & Vocal Group Classes
NEW: Guitar Workshops
Designed to take your playing to the next level, this series of short-term courses will each focus on specific skills and genres. Dive deep into different genres like bluegrass, jazz or fusion, or work on your improvisation skills with specific techniques.
Guitar Group Class
This is a course for adults and youth interested in studying guitar in a group setting. Classes explore a variety of musical styles.
Popular Music Vocal Course
This is a course for teens and adults wanting to sing popular styles relevant to today’s music industry while expanding their vocal abilities and musical skill set. The performance-based classes develop a solid foundation in vocal technique and a basic understanding of music theory in relation to sight singing and chord charts, explore stage technique, and develop group singing skills such as blend and harmony – all in a supportive environment.
In order begin class, students must be able to pitch accurately.
Course runs Thursdays 7-8:30pm
Course start date: October TBA