Music lessons

The main objective to learning any instrument is to develop a love of music, problem solving skills and to be a disciplined learner. Lessons are once per week for 30 minutes. Basic theory is covered in all beginner lessons to solidify new concepts and ensure proper understanding from beginning. Weekly practice is required in order for students to progress in their musical endeavours. Here, at The Royal Academy of Arts and Education, students can choose from an open curriculum program whereby they study their favourite artists and pieces, or work through Royal Conservatory content eventually preparing for levelled examinations.

In-Studio Tuition:

Cost: 
$130.00 per month for 30 mins, for all instruments and ability levels.
Grade 8 and above TBD
Family discount: $10.00 off monthly for multiple children from one family

"Music happens to be an art form that transcends language."
- Herbie Hancock

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Performances/Recitals:

Here at the Royal Academy, we encourage all of our students to perform on a regular basis because performing music has its own rewards. It’s fun to play, especially when you’re playing for family, friends and fellow students. It’s a thrill to be in front of a crowd of people who are there to see you play. The process of preparing for public performances can be rewarding as well. Getting ready to perform means setting goals, acquiring new skills, and learning new material. It takes self-discipline and motivation, patience, and focus, in order to succeed. The most important part of this experience is the feeling of “I did it!”

Music recitals are held twice per school year, one in late fall (November) and a second in the early spring (April). Concerts are held at St. John’s United Church in Georgetown. The students have the opportunity to perform in a pleasant venue with great acoustics on a beautiful grand piano. It’s a great chance for our students to perform in a noncompetitive environment and to play for those that really matter: family & friends!

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent"
- Victor Hugo

Concert Schedule:

Concerts take place on a Saturday with individual concert times to choose from. Students and their families can choose the concert time that best suits their schedule. All concerts are free to all our students and their families.

"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
- Ella Fitzgerald

Festivals:

Our students have performed and placed at the Milton Music Festival and the Peel Music Festival.  Festivals are a competitive forum; the students receive valuable feedback from the adjudicators that can be used to further the student’s skills.  Students also receive the opportunity to win scholarships through these festivals.  Festivals can be a great experience especially for students who love to compete.

The Royal Academy Schedule:

September to June:

Monday to Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. (Classes start at 2:00 pm)
Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. (Open for Evening Special Events)
Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. (Open for Afternoon Birthday Parties)
Sunday Birthday Parties Only

July to August:

Closed for all Classes
Open for Special Events and Daytime Art Workshops Only

Closures: 

We are closed for all Statutory Holiday’s make ups are booked for lessons missed on those days.

Christmas Holidays:

Closed from December 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Music Lessons:

Piano / Keyboard

We teach piano students of all levels and abilities.  Most of our piano students begin in the Piano Adventures series in order to introduce the student to reading music and playing songs.  As the student progresses they can chose from an array of music genres.  If the student chooses, they may progress into the Royal Conservatory of Music and our qualified teachers will prepare the student for success in their exams.  (Please see Royal Conservatory at the Royal Academy).  The goal in all lessons is for the student to have fun while learning and develop a passion for music, learning and life!    The recommended age for students beginning piano is age 4.

Vocal

In each voice lesson, vocal technique is taught through short exercises focusing on breathing, articulation, expanding vocal range, solfege and pitch. For those interested in classical singing and Royal Conservatory exams, an emphasis on sight singing helps students learn to sing independently of the piano or guitar. These techniques are applied to a variety of songs. We also work on singing confidently and finding the fun in singing regardless of what material is being covered. The recommended age for students beginning vocal is age 4.

Violin / Fiddle

Suzuki methodology starts off our violin program and students progress through to Royal Conservatory should they choose to focus on examinations. We strive to teach independence and a sense of interest in exploring genres and musical concepts. The teacher will cover aspects such as auditory, visual and kinaesthetic approaches to playing. Visually the student will learn to sight read and develop good straight bow and proper posture as well as have the proper finger position, orally the student will listen to a piece and absorb the style mood, techniques, dynamics and be able to replicate the piece. Kinaesthetically the bow becomes an extension of the body flowing naturally. There are two styles we teach, that of fiddle playing and classical violin. For very young children, we ensure teaching with lots of breaks and demonstrations as well as using metaphors and storytelling to make the experience more relevant for their age group. The recommended age for students beginning violin is age 4.

Guitar

Students at the Royal Academy can choose from acoustic, electric, bass or classical guitar. Our teachers use various instructional materials to guide our guitar students through learning right from the start. Students typically start in the Hal Leonard series then progressing into different genres. Students will learn proper technique and how to read music authentically. Starting Fall 2013 we are introducing Guitar Workshops to further skill levels and for students to have the opportunity to play in ensembles. The recommended age for students beginning piano is age 6.

Drums

Drums coming to the Academy Spring 2014 in our new location! Lessons will take place in studio using the latest technology from Roland Canada.

"Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances."
- Maya Angelou

Woodwind / Brass

We have many beginner students who take woodwind and brass instruction, as well as students who are taking band in school and would like further instruction with their assigned instrument. Students will learn proper technique to ensure that they are playing the instrument correctly. Breathing techniques, timing and notation are just a few examples of what will be covered in a class. The recommended age for students beginning brass/woodwinds is age 6.