New online program at GYMC

GUELPH – The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) is offering the exciting and new interactive online course Music is a Language.

The course starts January 19 with classes held twice a week.

Along with Music for Children with Disabilities, this is the second online program the GYMC has launched in recent months.

“This new online course has been specifically designed by program leader, Al Cannon, for online learning,” commented Gabriella Currie-Ziegler, executive director of the GYMC.

“It is a unique approach to learning music’s language, which will make it more meaningful to students. “

“They’ll have fun playing their instruments from home while still being able to learn and grow as musicians.”

The course is led by Guelph Symphony Orchestra/Guelph Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor Dr. Alexander Cannon.

This interactive course provides a hands-on version of the written and aural language of music, commonly referred to as music theory.

Students play their instruments at every session, and immediately applying their new theory knowledge to their instruments.

Their new skills are reinforced from the twice-a-week online sessions.

Students will learn the terminology of music, how to write and aurally recognize relationships between pitches and how these form melody and harmony, as well as develop complex rhythmic understanding and execution.

Students who can identify pitches on their music staff and know basic rhythms are invited to join the first beginner-level online classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-6:45pm beginning Jan. 19. Registration deadline is Jan. 18 at noon. Intermediate and advanced levels will be offered in the future.

For more information or to register, call 519-837-1119 or visit