Author Archives: Joe Ringhofer

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The Phoenix checks out the amazing Teatro di San Carlo in Naples!

Category : PCM News

Dear Friends,

I send you and your families warmest regards from Cunard’s  Queen Victoria ship which at the moment is on route from Rome to Barcelona. This is my first vacation in three years. After teaching 36 months straight, writing four theory textbooks, marking thousands of history examinations, and conducting a huge move from The Church to Wasaga Beach…

The Phoenix summons G.F. Handel (on a Rameau piano) at the beautiful Hotel Romeo in Naples. What a cool art deco-inspired instrument – truly awesome-plus-one!

I am able to relax and enjoy the trip. I have no doubt that I will return home (on the 23rd) feeling both ENERGIZED and so excited to have the chance to work with all of you again. Some of you are taking private lessons from me; we will resume our lesson schedules after my return.

To my Kelowna students – I am glad we had the chance to “start early”. I will try to return (marked) over the next couple of days any leftover assignments I have waiting for me from you in my Outlook files.

To all the you who are commencing classes with me this week, I shall send along (later today) a pre-recorded lecture (as I outlined on the PCM website) so that we can get the theory ball rolling. For the harmony students, if you submit your homework over the next few days I shall try my best to mark it and send it along while aboard the ship.

So, I will proceed now to send along some course materials to each of you…the shipboard is trying at best, so we’ll see how I fare. Believe me, if this ship had a good internet signal I would LOVE to have web-conferenced with all of you LIVE from the Lido Deck! J

Warmest regards from off the French coast,


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The Phoenix Goes Mondo Italiano!

Category : PCM News

Greetings Everyone!

I will be away on vacation from Sept. 8th-23rd traveling aboard the Queen Victoria.
My journey starts in Venice, one of the most musical cities in the world…and ends in Rome (The Eternal City).

Since the internet shipboard is very poor I will be relying on internet cafes along the way to stay in touch…so please message me if you like and I shall reply as soon as I am able.   As you can see from my course offerings the first lectures this fall will be pre-recorded. Upon my return The Joe Show will be back LIVE!

I am looking forward to working with all of you this term.  KEEP the FAITH!


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Level 9 Harmony Pedagogy Seminars in TORONTO and WASAGA BEACH

Category : PCM News

Get ready…this fall I will be offering a comprehensive Level 9 Harmony Pedagogy Course for Teachers. This dynamic nine-hour seminar will give harmony teachers (new and seasoned) an exciting jump-start to their teaching year by exploring in detail the new official harmony textbook: Celebrate Theory – Level 9 Harmony (authors, Dr. Julia Galieva-Szokolay & Joe Ringhofer).

Two seminars will take place in October (2017): in TORONTO: October 1-2 and in WASAGA BEACH: October 3,10, and 17. Space is limited in both locations!  I hope you can join me.

Keep the Faith!

For more information click here.

For registration click here.



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The Phoenix Goes to Guelph!

Looking Back….

Here are some highlights of my appearances with the amazing Guelph Symphony Orchestra over the past five years:


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