From the Director
Music Without Borders : Live Online Instruction with Joe Ringhofer
Since 2009, Joe Ringhofer (director, of the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and Chief Examiner Emeritus, Theoretical Subjects, RCM Examinations) has been breaking new ground in live online instruction of music theory. Harnessing the newest web conferencing technologies available, he makes learning both stimulating and fun. His virtual classroom is made up of students from across North America: from Quebec to California, from northern Ontario to Tennessee, from Canada to the United States and Europe!
Here are TEN reasons why you should consider choosing Music Without Borders: Live Online Instruction with Joe Ringhofer, when preparing for examinations offered through the Royal Conservatory (Canada) and the Carnegie Hall-Royal Conservatory: The Achievement Program (United States):
Music Without Borders: Live Online Instruction with Joe Ringhofer makes the study of music theory both stimulating and fun. See for yourself - success is just a click away!
I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.
Keep the Faith! Believe in the Phoenix. The Phoenix believes in you!
ONLINE COURSES: Music Theory & History (preparing for RCM exams)
Online Registration is now open for Spring/Summer 2015 .
Review course details here and register here.
Registration for Intermediate and Advanced Harmony has been closed!
Please call for alternate arrangements to get into these sessions for the summer.
Read the feature article by Joe Ringhofer:
Online Learning: The Portal to a New World of Discovery , just published in the
Winter 2014 issue of MUSIC MATTERS, the RCM’s newsletter for music teachers.
April 9, 2015
Joe Ringhofer has been a leader in theory pedagogy. Through Music Without Borders, he provides a unique opportunity for music teachers to broaden their experience by registering for his music theory classes to gain a close-up view of his teaching methods and practices. Teachers are encouraged to submit the weekly assignments for evaluation. Moreover, they are invited to stay online after each class for a brief roundtable discussion of the lecture and raise any pedagogical questions they might have concerning the teaching of a particular subject or topic.
The Phoenix Has A New Home
The Year in Review:
The Church (New Lowell, Ontario)
For more than 125 years The Church (New Lowell, Ontario) has stood tall among the pastures and fields of this rural Ontario community. The nineteenth-century stonework, steep rooflines, Gothic portals and stained glass windows are a proud testament both to its rich Anglican heritage and a gentler bygone era. Today sunlight streams through the coloured panes igniting the contemporary interior. Art and design resonate in joyful counterpoint with the Victorian past in this unique residence cum studio. The stage is set for friendship and laughter - for music and art.
In person or via the internet I look forward to welcoming you to The Church.
The Phoenix Onstage with the GSO
On January 1, 2013, I appeared on stage (as narrator) with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and soloists of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble in a concert performance of Johann Strauss’ sparkling operetta Die Fledermaus.
On April 7, 2013, I returned to Guelph to deliver a pre-concert chat on Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, op. 67. Congratulations to Judith Yan (Artistic Director and my former student!) and the Guelph Symphony Orchestra for another exceptional concert season!
The Phoenix Storms Rogers Television! (in a good way)
In November, 2012, I appeared as a guest on Barb Richard’s The Seniors Show (Collingwood). In the opening segment talked about my lifelong musical journey. In a later segment we talked about life the adventures of making a new home inside a 130-year old former Anglican church. Barb is a dynamic host and dedicated advocate for seniors.
In January, 2013, I appeared on Georgian Bay Life (Collingwood) where I was invited by hosts Melanie Pockaj and Katie Smith to talk about my pioneering efforts in the teaching and learning of music theory, history and appreciation online. Melanie and Katie are fun and gracious hosts.
In April, 2013, I will be appearing on Daytime (Barrie) where I will be testing the classical music knowledge of co-hosts Melanie Case and Melissa Hamilton and the live studio audience. It will be fun!
Teacher Mentorship Program
Theory Syllabus 2015 - In Preparation
Over the past several months I have had the privilege of playing an active role in the creation of the upcoming Theory Syllabus 2015 of the Royal Conservatory. Among other duties I was asked to conduct a comprehensive survey of teachers from across Canada and the United States to find out their views on the current syllabus as well as their visions for the future. Congratulations to the Royal Conservatory for its ongoing dedication to musical excellence and their visionary leadership!
March (2013) I was in residence in Tucson, Arizona. Less of a vacation and more of a live-work arrangement it allowed me to give all of my online lessons and classes surrounded by the beauty of the southwest desert and the majestic Catalina Mountains. While delivering my webcasts students were treated to a background of palm trees, cacti, golfers, deer and javelinas!
Music Without Borders: Live from Tucson, Arizona!
Since launching Music Without Borders I have the pleasure of working with students from across northern and southern Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, New York, Virginia, Georgia and California. This spring I welcomed Tessa M. from Florence, Italy, one of the most beautiful and musical cities in the world.
Music Without Borders Goes Transatlantic!
For the fourth year in a row the Etobicoke-Mississauga chapter of O.R.M.T.A. (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association) has invited me to give a 3-day (9 hours) theory refresher course for teachers. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. We have had a terrific turn out each year. Seminar participants will come away feeling inspired, energized and ready for the new academic year.
Theory Refresher Course for Teachers: Aug. 26-28
During the fall of 2012 I hosted several pedagogy seminars for theory teachers at The Church (New Lowell, Ontario). Teachers from across southern Ontario attended seminars on Rudiments, Basic Harmony, Intermediate Harmony and Advanced Harmony. Their commitment to ongoing professional development and their willingness to travel are testaments to the dynamism! Bravo to you all!
For more details about our theory pedagogy courses click here . . .
Music @ The Church: Theory Pedagogy Courses
The Phoenix is Rising!
With a new year comes exciting new initiatives. I am pleased to announce my online theory courses for the winter/spring term of 2014. With these course offerings the Phoenix Conservatory of Music is moving in a new direction making online learning both fun and more affordable! Check out the new fee structure for my online courses (click here to register now!). Each course will offer the same amount of instruction as before but with one added feature: all classes will be limited to 10 students (for the live lecture presentations). This will optimize teacher-student interaction and ensure a personalized e-learning experience for each student.
If your are new to Music Without Borders – E-Learning with Joe Ringhofer – I bid you, “Welcome!” If you are returning to Music Without Borders I am glad to say, “Welcome home!”
Keep the Faith!
December 17, 2013
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