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.
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 may choose either a 15 or 25 minute session.