Music Lessons in Mississauga

Learning an instrument provides an opportunity for creative self expression, intellectual development, and achievement.

Music participation will enhance communication skills, problem-solving, teamwork & leadership skills; goal setting, time management, hand-eye coordination, memory & analytical skills; concentration, poise, cultural & historical awareness; self-confidence & self-esteem; respect & collaboration; sensitivity & compassion.

We offer top quality 30-minute Private (One-on-One) music lessons in Mississauga in:

Welcome to Piano Lessons in Mississauga

The modern piano was developed from the harpsichord 3 centuries ago in Italy.  A piano is simply a bunch of thick metal strings – (which would make you think it is a stringed instrument) – but because the strings are vibrated by felt-tipped hammers when a player presses black or white keys on a keyboard, the piano is considered a percussion instrument.  Fascinating, right?

So, how long will it take to learn the piano?  One lesson – if you are a genius like Mozart.  Not a genius?  Well, then be prepared to make the piano a lifetime study.  But, here’s something else that is fascinating.  If you can count to 7, and you know the first 7 letters of the alphabet, (and who doesn’t?), you can play the piano in just one lesson!  Sound too simple?  Sure it is!  Because, the hard part is being able to put these 7 numbers and letters into melodic patterns – but that’s where a good piano teacher can help!

It is often believed that “Practice Makes Perfect”.  But, it really doesn’t.  Perfection, as we all knows, is unobtainable.  It is far more realistic to expect that “Practice Makes Better”.  Mind you, if you don’t practice at all, your piano soon ends up being a piece of furniture which is always in the way and nothing more than a dust collector with a shelf full of faded family photos.
So, help save a piano from a dreary, dusty existence of being a “catch-all” for junk – learn to play it, in just one lesson – or 500 lessons – your choice!

Welcome to Guitar Lessons in Mississauga

The guitar is an ancient and noble instrument dating back over 4000 years.

In the last century, the guitar saw many great innovative improvements.  For instance, the old “cat-gut” strings were replaced by nylon and metal strings, which really pleased the cat population!  Then the classical or Spanish guitar was modified with a big hole to make the acoustic sound louder.

Since the 1930’s, parents of young guitarists have been complaining about the invention of the “electric” guitar, which uses an amplifier to make the sound even louder!  A popular saying from parents throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, (when rock ‘n’ roll music was most popular), was “Turn it down!”

Today, the grand tradition of strumming or bending guitar strings continues with a younger generation who want to play the classic rock songs from their parents’ music collections. The difference today though, is that their hard-of-hearing parents now say, “Turn it up!”

Welcome to Bass Guitar Lessons in Mississauga

Don’t let anybody tell you that being a Bass player is not a real musical talent!  Bass Guitar players are the “metronome” of any group or band – which means to say that they, together with the drummer, help keep a steady beat for the other musicians.

Oh sure, many people will point out that Bass players look so bored, and that they never smile or look like they even want to be in the band.  But that’s because they take their role as the “beatmaster” very seriously and that means they must stay fully focussed and concentrated at all times!  That, and because, they are often bored – because keeping the same beat through a 4 minute song can be pretty monotonous.

So, how important is a good bass riff?  Well, what would “Under Pressure” by David Bowie & Queen, be without its distinctive bass-line? Or how recognizable would “Come Together” by The Beatles be?  Then there’s “Money” by Pink Floyd.  So, you see, Bass players can be loved as real musicians too, especially by hordes of adoring fans who jump onto the dance floor at the first note of a great bass-line!

Welcome to Violin Lessons in Mississauga

The violin is a 16th century Italian invention.  Its a delicate, light-weight instrument with 4 strings, (originally made from “cat-gut), which demands great determination and dedication if you are to not sound like a screeching cat.  But when the instrument is mastered, it can make “purr-fect” music, just like the movie soundtracks which make you cry with joyous emotion.

But seriously though – “fiddling around” with a violin has many great physical and mental benefits, like increased arm strength, greater finger dexterity, improved posture, better co-ordination and motor skills, improved concentration, greater perserverance, sharpened memory, lower stress levels – oh the list goes on and on, like many symphonies which use dozens and dozens of violinists!

But, one of the great social benefits of playing the violin is that people everywhere will think that you are a very special and intelligent musician, (unlike rock ‘n roll guitarists!), and they will want you to play at their wedding.

Welcome to Drum Lessons in Mississauga

Drums were first played way back in 6,000 B.C.  The technical name for drums is “membranophone” but it is a lot easier to say that you are a “drummer”, rather than a “membranophonist”.

It is said that many people march to the rhythm of their own drum, and this is particularly true of people who learn to play drums – because, it is all about rhythm!  It’s also true that drummers like to make noise…big, boomy and cymbal-crashing noises.  Parents who allow their child to play drums are very special people who probably don’t get along well with their neighbours.

You might think that being a drummer would be a rather lonely existence, except that in the last couple of centuries, they have become absolutely essential to the success of almost every group or band of musicians.  It is usually the drummers who get the most attention from adoring fans.

Welcome to Clarinet, Flute & Saxophone Lessons in Mississauga

These instruments are just three in the large family of woodwind instruments.

The Clarinet & Saxophone is featured prominently in Jazz & Big Band music, while the Flute is an integral part of symphony orchestras.

The key ingredient for success in mastering these instruments is your ability to blow hot air – consistently!  Oh, and you also have to possess lips.  Not only that, but you have to know how to breathe – properly, which is very different from breathing normally.  So, when you bring your instrument, your lungs and your lips to a woodwind lesson, your teacher can definitely help you with the proper breathing technique.
By the way, do you know why it is called a saxophone?  It is named after its inventor, Belgian instrument maker, Adolphe Sax.  No kidding. He also played the flute and clarinet.  But, he didn’t invent those two instruments.  If he did, they would have probably been called the saxoflute and saxinet. No kidding.

Welcome to Voice Lessons in Mississauga

It is believed that singing originated before spoken language developed. Our voice is supposed to be the first-ever original instrument of music.

While it is generally believed that almost anybody can sing, not everyone can sing well.  And that’s where qualified vocal training can make a significant difference. Similarly, people who believe they are “tone-deaf” simply lack the training to hear & reproduce relative pitch. Again, that’s where qualified vocal training can make a significant difference.

It’s important to realize that the human voice emanates from a muscle, and that this muscle develops as we grow, and sadly deteriorates as we age.  The formidable years are between 8 and 19 years of age, when vocalists can best benefit from structured vocal training.  For more mature singers, proper training can correct bad habits and slow-down the deterioration of vocal cords – which will let you to “sing your heart out”, without people having to stick their fingers in their ears – for many years to come!

Welcome to Music Theory Lessons in Mississauga

This is probably the least-liked part of learning to play an instrument – music theory – because it is thought to be boring and tedious – but it is the most important aspect of music education.  Why?

Because without it, you would not fully understand how music works, (remember, music is a language, and you can’t know a language without understanding its grammatical structure).

Music Theory allows you to listen to music critically; to write and perform music accurately; to detect errors; to be able to “sight read”; to understand different genres of music; and to be exposed to unfamiliar music.

So, this all means what for the young student of music?  It simply means that music theory is mostly about how music is written on a page, and how to interpret that written music. This can include understanding what a note is, what a scale is, what a key is, and what sharps and flats are. Composers use written music to communicate which notes should be played, for how long, and in which key.

(Bored now?  Read our other pages on this website for a laugh!)

Welcome to Mock Exams in Mississauga

These are not exams where the examiner makes faces at you or tries to imitate your characteristics.

Mock Exams are designed to simulate a real examination session, such as the student might experience when being examined by the Royal Conservatory of Music for a particular grade level certification.

The results of the in-house mock exam will almost always reflect exactly what the student’s RCM mark will be, within “3 points in or out”.  It’s an accurate “snap-shot” of how well a student may do in their official exam.

However, in the unlikely event that the student is so ill-prepared as to fail the exam, the examiner will most definitely make faces at the student – usually faces of shock and disappointment!  But that almost never happens.