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About The Conservatory of Performing Arts

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

While the Saskatchewan government has announced the re-opening of day camps under Phase 4.1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, the Conservatory will only be offering camps in a digital format during the Summer of 2020.

Phase 4.1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan also provides for face-to-face music instruction with social distancing protocols. However, private lessons at the Conservatory remain suspended until September 1, 2020 at which time lessons and group classes will resume via remote and online delivery only.

The health and safety of our students, instructors and staff is of utmost importance as we plan for our fall class and lesson delivery. We are investing significant time and effort to make the remote learning experience as effective and engaging as possible for all involved.

We will advise our students and community members when we are able to resume in person activities.

About the Conservatory

The faculty and staff at the Conservatory believe the arts are an essential part of human life and can enrich the life of everyone who engages in the arts. To help students reach their goals, the Conservatory offers one-on-one music lessons and group classes in the arts for people of all ages. 

The Conservatory of Performing Arts:  a leader in Arts Education in Southern Saskatchewan.I heart the arts logo

For more than a century, the Conservatory of Performing Arts has been a beacon of arts education in southern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1912, the Conservatory continues to link people to their passions by providing accessible arts education to learners of all ages and abilities. The Conservatory strives to foster a supportive and respectful environment which offers opportunities for people to be actively engaged in the arts; this kind of activity is crucial in the creation of a strong community.

Today the Conservatory of Performing Arts is a part of the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education and home to Darke Hall – the first performing arts venue in Regina. Many of the faculty at the Conservatory are members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and are working musicians and artists who perform with their own groups and ensembles. Conservatory alumni have gone on to work as professional musicians, teachers, lawyers, administrators, and more. Come to the Conservatory to experience the best in:

Private Music LessonsGroup Classes | School Break Day Camps | Early Learning

Remote/Online Course Information

Learning music, dance, visual art, and drama in an online environment is different from learning these things with a teacher in the room but we know that this new method can be very effective.

What do I need to join remote/online courses?

  1. Web cam
  2. Microphone
  3. Computer or Smart Device
  4. Internet Access

If you have a smart device like a tablet or smartphone, you already have items 1-3 covered in one device! You can buy external microphones to improve audio quality but they are not a requirement. It is your responsibility to provide any equipment needed for remote/online programs. If you are unsure if you have the proper equipment check your devices before your first class or please contact Student Services Non-Credit Office.

What should I expect from my courses?

  • Zoom Video Conferencing: Zoom is how you will meet with your teacher each week. If you are worried about audio, there is an advanced audio setting where you can enable Original Sound, so you don’t have to worry about compressed audio. Rooms are password protected and use the waiting room function to keep calls safe. Our Student Services Non-Credit Office has drop-in sessions available for anyone interested in testing Zoom before class. Go to Zoom Support. See our Zoom Call Ground Rules below for more information.
  • Variable Call Quality: Audio and video quality may vary from instructor to instructor and from week to week. There is lag time and video/audio delays which means performing together in calls is difficult. The technology is not perfect but it works!
  • Your Online Classroom: To make up for the limitations in the technology, each class and private lesson studio will have an online classroom where teachers will be able to share audio, video, assignments, and communications to supplement weekly video conferences. For example, your teacher may ask you to record yourself and then give you written feedback on your performance or they may ask you to watch some videos and give your feedback. 
  • Less Transportation Time: you don’t even have to leave the house! However, make sure you leave enough time to get your technology set-up each week.

How should I set-up my space at home?

  • Optimize Your Connection: Get close to your Wi-Fi router, whenever possible, as this improves you connection! If possible, have a hardwire connection on a laptop or desktop computer. You can also ask your provider for a signal booster if you experience continued connection interruptions.
  • Limit Internet Usage: Encourage other family members in your home to limit their internet usage during your lessons/classes, especially on any kind of streaming service (example: Netflix).
  • Know Your Classroom Expectations: Find out what your teacher needs to see. As examples, they may need to see close-ups of your hand when you play piano or they may need your whole body in frame for dance or musical theatre classes.
  • Remove Distractions: Designate space in your home you or your child will use each week. Build routine by scheduling when to get this space set-up each week to help prepare for lessons or classes.

Zoom Call Basics

You don’t need to download Zoom onto your computer (web based service) but you will need to download the app if using a smart device. It is available for free in Google Play or the App Store. Watch these short instructional videos for joining Zoom based on the device you will be using for calls: Computer/Laptop OR Smart Device (smartphone, tablet, etc).

Zoom Call Ground Rules

These rules guide all calls for the Conservatory of Performing Arts programming. In all cases if you are experiencing technical issues with Zoom or experienced an emergency while on a Zoom call, please contact our Student Services Non-Credit Office.

  1. Closed Calls & Meeting Links: Zoom calls will be closed and are only allowed for registered participants and approved staff. Do NOT share your link or meeting ID with anyone else, as this puts all participants at risk for potentially harmful intruders. If you believe any unauthorized person has gained access to the private meeting link, please inform our Student Services Non-Credit Office immediately.
  2. Dressing Appropriately: You are expected to ensure you (or your child) is appropriately dressed (example: have your child dressed how they would go to school). Please avoid dressing in clothing with potentially offensive text/patterns/images/designs. If you are wearing clothing that is not appropriate, we will turn off your video immediately and ask you to resolve the situation.
  3. Emergencies: In the event you are transmitting from a space that is experiencing a fire or emergency situation where you and your child need to evacuate, if possible, please inform the staff on the Zoom call about the emergency and leave the call immediately. Do NOT stay on the Zoom call if your safety is at risk. Please ensure your family has an emergency procedure in your home or your child knows your apartment/condo building’s emergency procedure and muster points. Contact Student Services Non-Credit if you experienced an emergency during the session and were unable to join the Zoom call.
  4. Screenshots & Recordings: Before either a screenshot or a recording happens, instructors will inform participants. If you do not wish to be in the picture or the recording for any purposes, you can simply turn off your camera and mic or teach your child to do this in all instances an instructor indicates they will be recording. If participants or your children leave either of those two on after the instructor’s announcement, you are implying consent. Instructors will inform the room when the recording is stopped. It is solely the guardian’s responsibility to take any necessary steps to prevent their child being recorded. At registration you may have been asked to check a box indicating "Media permission?" (yes/no). If you answered "yes," you have granted express consent for you or your child to be in either a screenshot and/or video record and that photo or video can be shared on the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Art’s social media and used by the University of Regina Centre for Continuing Education for promotional purposes. If you indicated “no,” you or your child’s photo or video will not be taken or shared publicly.
  5. Setting-up Your Camera & Background: You are expected to ensure that the camera that you are using does not show inappropriate things in your home. You are required to have your (or your child’s) back against (or camera facing) either:
    • a blank or non-descript wall/background
    • a wall with relevant activities/instruments in the background
    • an approved virtual backdrop
    If we notice something on your video that we determine is not appropriate, we will turn off your video immediately and ask you to resolve the situation.
  6. Social Media Usage: Your child will never be asked to use social media (ex: Facebook, Snapchat, etc) with staff during courses. All communications will be transparent and with parents/guardians.
  7. Supervision: Parents retain full supervisory responsibility for any and all activities that happen as a part of your child's course and the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts is NOT providing supervision for children. Please note that in the waiver you signed for participation during registration, you indicated you were aware we were not providing supervision for your child. The full waiver is available on your receipt and in your online account.
  8. Waiting Room Function: We are requiring instructors to wait for at least 2 participants before admitting them to the classroom from the waiting room in group classes. We recommend joining the meeting and waiting room no later than 5 minutes in advance of the class/lesson to ensure your connection is working properly and you are or your child is ready to go!