Classes are available for all ages, levels & disciplines.

Graded Classes

Syllabus Class (Solos & Duets):

  • The Contemporary Showcase Syllabus is available online at
  • Own choice selections are admissible provided they are by Canadian composers.
  • Grading for own choice material should be as found in Conservatory Canada or Royal Conservatory Syllabi.  If it’s not listed in a syllabus, the teacher may estimate its level.
  • Pieces using contemporary idioms are encouraged.
  • The syllabus is a guide; substitutions are permitted.
  • Students may play 1 or 2 pieces;
    2 pieces are recommended for Pre-Grade 1 to Grade 5.
    In Duet classes, students may only choose 1 piece for all levels.

We encourage you to also explore other class options – please see below.

Featured Composers Class:

  • This class features music composed by specific Featured Composers. Click here to see this year’s featured composers.
  • Students may play 1 or 2 pieces.

Joyce Oliver Alberta Composers Class: 

  • This class encourages exploration of music by Alberta composers.
  • Students may play 1 or 2 pieces.

Creative Music:

  • This class offers students a chance to perform their own composition.
  • A quality performance is expected though the feedback will focus on the composition itself.
  • Students must email a PDF of their composition by the registration deadline to
  • It is required that compositions be written within one year of the festival registration deadline. It is acceptable to have presented the composition at prior events.
  • Students should choose the level according to their own performance level.
  • Students may play 1 composition only per entry.

Adult Classes:

  • Adult students or teachers of any age and level are welcome to participate in the festival.
  • Simply add an M to the class code for the chosen class category when registering.

Timed Classes

Master Class:

  • Registering for a master class is a good option if you have prepared longer works.
  • Total maximum time with the clinician is 25 minutes per entry, including performance time.
  • Canadian works are preferred but other contemporary compositions are accepted.


  • This class gives students (and their teachers) an opportunity to work with a clinician on a contemporary piece.
  • Students could receive guidance with contemporary interpretation or have a lesson on a work-in-progress.
  • Students and/or teachers can specify to the clinician what they would like the lesson to address.
  • Students may choose either a 15 or 25 minute session.