July 20 - 24, 2020

We are offering this year's Academy in a virtual, remote format.

Join us from home for a week-long intensive program for dedicated pianists, singers, guitarists, composers, and string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists, ages 14 to 19. Mount Allison’s Summer Academy of Music will include workshops, classes, private lessons, and chamber music, all offered remotely by Mount Allison Music faculty.

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This year's Academy will include sessions on music theory, history, composition, new music, improvisation, performance practice, jazz, ear training, and audio-visual technology. Performers will receive three private lessons with faculty over the course of the week.


Full Tuition: $190 (plus HST)includes access to all sessions throughout the week, as well as three private lessons and group studio classes with Mount Allison faculty: 

    Voice – Catherine Abele Landry and Vicki St. Pierre
    Piano – Stephen Runge and David Rogosin
    Flute – Karin Aurell
    Clarinet and Sax – James Kalyn
    Brass – Olivier Huebscher
    Violin – Nadia Francavilla
    Percussion – Joël Cormier
    Composition – Kevin Morse

Individual Courses - $20 (plus HST) each. No private lessons or group studio classes are included. 


Summer Academy Courses and Schedule:

Audio & Video Technology for Musicians
    Instructor: Matthew Thompson
From working in large concert halls to making a recording from home, a knowledge of audio-video technology is valuable for musicians today. This workshop will discuss all the tools and techniques you need to know to create a high-quality recording with minimal gear, and will also cover helpful audio and video concepts.


Ear Training I
Ear Training II

    Instructor: Jennie Del Motte
Learn to use and train your ears to teach yourself all styles of music, from Bach to Beyoncé.


Exotic Rameau and Les Indes galantes
    Instructor: Dr. Linda Pearse
Sing and play along with excerpts from Rameau’s Les Indes galantes. Learn about 18th-century French opéra-ballet and explore ideas of cultural difference as they unfold in the creation of this stunning musical work. We will also consider French ornamentation, performance practice, aria, and style, useful additions to your musical toolbox. 


Handel was all the Rage!
    Instructor: Dr. Linda Pearse
Sing and play along with excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, accompanied by arrestingly beautiful demonstrations by Mount Allison contralto Vicki St. Pierre. Learn about Handel’s compositional influences and how they blossom during his years in London in unexpected and ingenious ways within the strict confines of 18th-century opera seria.


Introduction to Composing I: Sibelius Notation Software
    Instructor: Dr. Kevin Morse
Learn how to begin using a program called Sibelius to create professional-looking musical scores. We'll show you how to use a free version of the software so you can start composing and sharing your music! This is a great skill for all musicians, and no prior composition experience is needed. 


Introduction to Composing II: Developing Your Musical Ideas
    Instructor: Dr. Kevin Morse
Learn how to create a strong musical idea and then develop it into a short original composition. You will learn strategies for crafting melodies and taking your tunes to the next level. No composition experience necessary!


Introduction to Composing III: Boosting Your Creativity
    Instructor: Dr. Kevin Morse
Have you ever wanted to compose but had a hard time getting started, or perhaps been unsatisfied with your initial musical ideas? This session will give you some tips and tools for generating creative musical ideas. You'll then learn how to take boring first drafts and make them a lot more interesting! No composition experience necessary.


Introduction to Conducting
    Instructor: James Kalyn
This course introduces the basic patterns and gestures of conducting, along with guides to practice, score study, and rehearsal. The course combines real-time instruction, reading and watching, and the making and submission of short videos by the students.


Introduction to Improvising
    Instructor: Joël Cormier
Dive into the world of improvisation! In this course, you will learn how to effectively listen to other musicians, including how and when to contribute during improvised music-making. 


Introduction to Music Theory I
Introduction to Music Theory II
Introduction to Music Theory III

    Instructor: Dr. Alan Dodson 
Music theory is the art of making sense of music. These sessions introduce five essential topics in music theory though historical background and hands-on exercises: pitch notation, rhythmic notation, intervals, scales, and chords. We’ll also explore some recent research on the psychology of musical repetition and the history of musical games.


Learning to Ornament High Baroque Music
    Instructor: Vicki St. Pierre
We all play and sing Bach and Handel. This presentation will teach you how to start ornamenting those pieces in a stylistic and practical way!


Playing Piano for Musical Theatre
    Instructor: Jennie Del Motte
Learn how to use a combination of sheet music, lead sheets, and recordings to create simple but effective accompaniment for Pop and Music Theatre pieces.


 SAoM 2020 Schedule

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