Beginning students learn the basics of voice technique, music reading and ear training. There are specific and age appropriate songs that achieve these goals. The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto offers graded voice repertoire and exams which take place in Victoria every January, April, June and August for anyone interested. The Royal Conservatory repertoire has recently been updated and provides a wide range of styles and songs from classical to modern musicals. There is also the Victoria Performing Arts festival each year in March/April for anyone who would like to participate.