The Conservatory is going digital!

MRCons_TransMediaWe’re making history today: Registration is officially open for Mount Royal Conservatory’s first-ever Music and Transmedia program.

The online classes — another first for the Conservatory — will introduce the world of digital music making for movies, video, gaming, and the web to high school music grads and professional musicians.

The new digital music program is an exciting step forward for the Conservatory, which is recognized internationally as a leader in performing arts education.

Here’s what Conservatory Director Paul Dornian has to say:

“The music world has gone digital and the best creative minds now work anywhere at any time on their laptops to create the music we live by,” said Dornian.

“When training musicians to become part of today’s reality it just seemed right to do it online rather than the old model of sitting in a classroom. Creativity is never out of date, but changing digital formats do go out of date. This certificate plugs creative people into the channels that talk to today’s audiences. We don’t tell you what your music should sound like but we will show you how to create it so that the world can listen.”

Through social media and web conferencing with instructors and fellow students, the Music and Transmedia program prepares participants to enter a career path in gaming and animation, video production, web and app development, and other forms of transmedia practice. Students will investigate the digital materials and techniques of music and sound environments in today’s transmedia world.

Our second century is focused on the future — especially with the new Conservatory and Bella Concert Hall opening in fall 2015.

By Sherri Zickefoose, June 9 2014