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Adult Programs

“.If you have an interest in the music diversity of Manitoba this is a course not to be missed”

“Anyone interested in music history in general, or specific to Manitoba from approximately the 1940’s to present day, would enjoy this course. It covers all genres of music from the period and integrates social and cultural changes along the way, and urban vs. rural differences.”

MUSIC APPRECIATION WITH JOHN EINARSON

SHAKIN’ ALL OVER: THE MANITOBA MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Ages 18+

Four week course
TUESDAYS, 7:00 – 9:00 PM | October 15 – November 5, 2019 | COST: $80 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Music historian, author and broadcaster John Einarson presents a fascinating 4-week multi-media course that explores the roots of Manitoba music. Shakin’ All Over: The Manitoba Music Experience examines the roots of popular music in the province including country, blues, folk, First Nations, francophone, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.  Learn about the artists, how the venues shaped the music, the role of radio and much, much more! Don’t miss this fabulous look into the artists and the music that made Manitoba Canada’s Heart Beat!

“It is always fun and Jennilee is so positive and encouraging. She made learning a brand new instrument seem so attainable. I loved going home with a new song in my back pocket after every class. Very little chance to get bored!”

“This class had adults there that really wanted to learn.  It was very good to have each other to encourage our progress from week to week. “

CONTINUING FIDDLEWORKS 

FRIDAYS: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
COST: $160  |  INSTRUCTOR: Jennilee Martineau  |  CLASS LENGTH: 8 Weeks

Explore Manitoba’s rich tradition of fiddling with renowned fiddler and teacher Jennilee Martineau. Immerse yourself in jigs, reels, old time and Scottish fiddling tunes.  Don’t read music? No Problem! All tunes are taught by ear.  This class is appropriate for students who have a basic knowledge of playing the violin/fiddle.  If you are a beginner, we suggest you enroll for a package of private lessons with Jennilee prior to the class.  This will bring your playing up to the level of the other class participants and will insure that you are have a wonderful musical experience in the class.

Violin rentals are available from the instructor for an additional cost. 

Fall Session begins October 18, 2019

Winter Session begins February 7, 2020

Spring Session begins April 17, 2020

“The instructor was enthusiastic and supportive. She was thoughtful about how to make the class work for students with differing skills and abilities.”

CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Ages 14+

MONDAYS: 2:00 – 3:00 pm |  INSTRUCTOR: Tatiana Friesen 

FALL SESSION – COST $160|  CLASS LENGTH: 8 Weeks

WINTER SESSION – COST $240|  CLASS LENGTH: 12 Weeks

For centuries, small groups of amateur and professional musicians have gathered together to perform classical music in intimate settings. Playing with your colleagues in a chamber music ensemble is a wonderful way to explore, rehearse, create and perform chamber music. Now you can enjoy this musical art form for yourself and learn how it differs from playing solo or with a large group.

Explore great repertoire in an ensemble setting while improving intonation, phrasing, dynamics and ensemble techniques. Open to all string players and piano players studying at Grade 3-5 RCM levels.

Fall Session begins September 30, 2019

Winter Session begins February 3, 2020

INTRODUCTION TO CHAMBER MUSIC

Ages 12+

COST: $100  |  INSTRUCTOR: Tatiana Friesen  |  CLASS LENGTH: 4 Weeks

Chamber music is described as “a musical conversation between friends” and a perfect opportunity for musicians to experience the collaborative nature of making music.  This program is designed to introduce musicians to the vast world of chamber music supported through 4 coaching sessions with our Chamber Music specialist, Tatiana Friesen.  We will match interested students to form a chamber music duo to explore repertoire selections written by composers for your specific instrumentation.  The sessions will work toward preparing you to perform as a chamber duo at an MCMA recital.

The schedule for the coaching sessions will be set according to the preferred schedule of the musicians and the coach. Players will be matched according to their playing level.  Open to all instrumentalists playing at a minimum Grade 2 RCM level.

INTRODUCTION TO BLUEGRASS

SATURDAYS 2:00 – 3:00 PM  |  CLASS LENGTH: 4 Weeks, November 2-23, 2019 |  COST: $90    | Instructors: Ed Byard, Jim Hildred & Zohreh Gervais

*Students may choose to register for single sessions at $30 each.

Bluegrass is a toe-tappin’ and inclusive style of music for vocalists and acoustic string players.  This series of workshops will introduce the form and variety of bluegrass music.  Participation and fun encouraged!

Topics covered will include:

-structure of a variety of bluegrass tunes
-learning a bluegrass tune
-vocal harmony singing in bluegrass
-ensemble playing

NOTE: Instrumentalists wanting to participate should be able to play major chords on their instruments, as well as be comfortable moving from one chord position to another fluidly at a moderate tempo.

UWINNIPEG ORCHESTRA & CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Ages 16+

WEDNESDAYS: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
COST: $150  |  September 4, 2019 – April 1, 2020 |  1B03 (Ensemble Room), Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg ensembles are open to community members and university students.

WEDNESDAYS: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
COST: $150  | September 4, 2019 – April 1, 2020 |  1B03 (Ensemble Room), Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg

Explore great repertoire in this high level auditioned ensemble. Instrumentation includes strings, winds, and percussion. Previous experience in an ensemble or private study on your instrument (approximately Grade 8 RCM level) is required.

NOTE: This ensemble is also offered as a University course credit (MUS-1015-001).  For more information visit UWinnipeg WebAdvisor.  

“This class is very useful in understanding exactly what skills and techniques to work on, study and further practice.”

VOCAL EXPRESSIONS

Ages 16+

WEDNESDAYS: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
COST: $160  |  INSTRUCTOR: Martin Wilson  |  CLASS LENGTH: 8 Weeks

An MCMA favorite – this class makes the dream of how to sing well a reality for anyone. Our highly qualified instructor will work with this group to teach the basics of vocal production, diction, and breathing in a variety of musical styles. Take your singing to the next level with a mix of group and individual singing in a laid back atmosphere. Everyone can sing – help us show you how!

Fall Session begins October 16, 2019

Winter Session begins February 5, 2020

Spring Session begins April 15, 2020

NOON HOUR VOCAL POINT

Ages 16+

WEDNESDAYS: 12:15  – 1:00 pm
COST: $160  |  INSTRUCTOR: Martin Wilson  |  CLASS LENGTH: 8 Weeks

Develop your vocal technique in a comfortable environment to increase your tone, range and pitch and apply those skills to the songs you love. This class includes group instruction and one-on-one coaching sessions with a supportive and highly skilled instructor.  You will be encouraged to learn more about your voice and explore any style of music you choose!

Fall Session begins October 16, 2019

Winter Session begins February 5, 2020

Spring Session begins April 15, 2020

UWINNIPEG CHORAL ENSEMBLE

Ages 16+

TUESDAYS: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
COST: $150  |  September 3, 2019 – March 31, 2020  |  1B03 (Ensemble Room), Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg ensembles are open to community members and university students.  These auditioned ensembles foster a high level of musicianship through performance of a broad range of repertoire.

This choir explores a wide range of repertoire and a high quality of sound. Previous experience in a choir or private vocal study is a prerequisite.

NOTE: This ensemble is also offered as a University course credit (MUS-2011-001 or THFM-2011-001).  For more information visit UWinnipeg WebAdvisor

“This is an excellent course. I learned way more than I was expecting to and exactly the things that I was interested in learning. This is time and money very well spent. Phil is positive, personable and very talented. It is a very safe setting to try these skills. The room is also very lovely.”

BEGINNING THE UKULELE

SUNDAYS: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
COST: $160 |  INSTRUCTOR: Phil Natividad

If ever there was an instrument quickly gaining popularity with modern audiences beyond the Folk music crowd–it’s hands-down the ukulele! The Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts is excited to introduce Beginner Ukulele in our group programs roster, added by enormous popular demand! This hip and transportable instrument is perfect for anyone wanting to learn something new.  Learning to play the ukulele is a great  introduction into musical proficiency and literacy for first-timers. Taught by experienced ukulele instructor, Phil Natividad, students will pluck their way through the basics on the little instrument taking the musical world by storm.

Not sure which class you fit into? Give us a call at 204.988.7650, and we can set you up for an assessment with Phil to see which stream is best for you.

INSTRUMENT INFORMATION:  Soprano ukulele with a chromatic tuner.

Fall Session begins October 20, 2019

Winter Session begins February 2, 2020

Spring Session begins April 19, 2020

“Phil is a fun and knowledgeable instructor. Lunchtime ukulele classes are the best part of my day!”

CONTINUING THE UKULELE

Ages 14+

SUNDAYS: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
COST: $160  |  INSTRUCTOR: Phil Natividad  |  CLASS LENGTH: 8 Weeks

Are you a graduate of Beginning the Ukulele or have you been playing for a few months on your own? If so, Continuing the Ukulele could be for you! This class is designed for students who are familiar with various chord families (especially C, F, and G), whose strumming and chord changes are relatively fluid playing simple songs and have a basic understanding of how to read chord charts and tabs. If this sounds like you, register today for Continuing the Ukulele where you will explore techniques like finger-picking, specialty strums, and continue to increase your chord vocabulary!

Not sure which class you fit into? Give us a call at 204.988.7650, and we can set you up for an assessment with Phil to see which stream is best for you.

INSTRUMENT INFORMATION:  Kala Soprano ukulele with a Snark Clip-on Chromatic Tuner.

Fall Session begins October 20, 2019

Winter Session begins February 2, 2020

Spring Session begins April 19, 2020

MUSIC THEORY 

“The class taught very applicable information. The teacher was wonderful, easy to understand and very helpful.  She made learning theory fun!”

INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY

THURSDAYS: 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
COST: $280 (includes books)  |  INSTRUCTOR: Michele Beaumont  |  CLASS LENGTH: 12 Weeks

Theory is about music literacy. Theory classes give students the opportunity to read music, write music and understand music. Enrolling in theory class can free up time in your individual lesson to focus on skills specific to your instrument and makes learning your instrument easier!

Introduction to Music Theory is a group course designed for students who have little to no working knowledge of music theory.

Concepts covered in this course include pitch, rhythm, key recognition, scales, intervals, triads, transposition, melody writing, musical terms, analysis, guided listening.

Please note: All students registered for a group theory class at the MCMA will be pre-screened by our theory specialist for assessment, to ensure that you are registered in the class that is best suited to your needs!

Fall Session begins September 26, 2019

Winter Session begins February 6, 2020

THEORY EXAM PREP

Theory knowledge varies from student to student and is approached quite differently depending on the instrument being studied.  Therefore we recommend semi-private or private lessons to prepare for Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada theory examinations at any level. This allows our theory specialists to customize the material covered in the lessons to best suit the knowledge level of the student.

More individualized instruction results in increased comprehension and a strong foundation of theory knowledge to support the student in their examination and their future music studies.

If you are interested in preparing for an exam for RCM Levels 5 – 8, History or Harmony, or Conservatory Canada theory levels,  please EMAIL us today!